Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Whole Deck o' Race Cards! Guest Starring Robert de Niro.

So everyone probably heard about the Trayvon Martin case. George Zimmerman, a local neighbourhood watch participant in a Sanford, FL community shot and killed 17-year old Mr. Martin as he suspected him of being serial robber. Martin was just visiting family and walking home from a local store. Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin in self defence. There is already a report about a story that contradicts Zimmerman's. Martin was armed...with a pack of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea. I don't know every detail of the case, but having been a victim of walking-while-black in the South (and the North), I have a bad feeling that justice is not done, Zimmerman is not telling the whole truth, and the local police did a BS job of investigating, because the browner the victim, the less important it is for them. The local police did very little, and even were satisfied with Zimmerman's self defence claim, but fortunately, a federal grand jury weighed in. I really hope that the real truth comes out.

On a lighter note, Robert de Niro made news by attending an Obama campaign fundraiser and deadpanning this line:
"Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady? [Audience Laughter] Too soon, right?"
...OK, not the best of jokes and definitely not the best of de Niro's performances, but not that big a deal. It probably would have been funnier with a better delivery. Newt Gingrich, though, a man who loves to claim the left is always playing the race card, pulled the race card. He claimed that this is the type of language that divides this country. He said also, "On behalf of both my wife, and on behalf of Karen Santorum and on behalf of Ann Romney and that is I think Robert De Niro is wrong. I think the country is ready for a new first lady and he doesn’t have to describe it in racial terms".


Newt Gingrich, the man who said that Spanish is the language of the ghetto, who said he would tell the NAACP to get off welfare, who call the President the "food stamp president", is talking of divisive language. Let that sit in your head a minute, and try not to get an aneurysm. He is not going to be the first of the right-wing yutzes to chime in. There will probably be a de Niro boycott or something. There will be a giant backlash, claiming the Left get to make jokes all the time, but when the Right do, there is a giant backlash.


I could get behind that argument, but for one thing. When the Left make jokes, for the most part, they are somewhat clever, save for Bill Maher's. When the Right make jokes, the go straight for the untouchables. Calling the president's mother a slut who f***ed a dog, the monkey/ape imagery, the witch doctor photo, calling a woman a slut and a prostitute for testifying on Capitol Hill...where is the cleverness in that? Repeating what people said back in 2008, but replacing "black" with "white"...kind of a chuckle. Saying the President's parents were African chimpanzees, and his health care plan involved him with a bone through his nose...Where do I even start? It doesn't help that the initial criticism comes from the man who is the poster boy for race- and gender-baiting offensive language. Get better writers, and maybe you won't face backlash for the most offensive jokes against your opponents. Just sayin'...

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