Idiots Issue Tepid Apologies For Being Idiots June 4, 2010Posted by Skippy in Observations, Popular Culture, Racism, Rants.
Tags: hot ass mess, idiots, white privilege
Children, I have very little patience for stupid people saying stupid stuff. I have even less patience for stupid people issuing stupid nonpologies after they’ve been caught saying stupid stuff.
Case #1: South Carolina State Senator Jake Knotts
Fig. 1: Meet Jake Knotts, racist.
According to The State.com, state senator Knotts made racist comments about both President Barack Obama and gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley on an Internet talk show. According to listeners, Knotts said,
“We already got one raghead in the White House, we don’t need a raghead in the governor’s mansion.”
Lovely. Haley is a Sikh who later converted to Christianity. Whatever marital infidelities she may or may not have committed, she certainly doesn’t deserve to have this…person (oh, I do use that term loosely) insulting her in that manner. And “we’ve already got one raghead in the White House”? Really, Jake? Is that what you really wanted to say?
Of course it isn’t. Children, you know what word he wanted to say. I know what he really wanted to say—-and so does he.
At any rate, word of his racist comments spread like oil in the Gulf (too soon?) and he then issued what he considered to be an “apology:”
Unfortunately, the show was not recorded as was intended. If it had been recorded, the public would be able to hear firsthand that my “raghead” comments about Obama and Haley were intended in jest. Bear in mind that this is a freewheeling, anything-goes Internet radio show that is broadcast from a pub. It’s like local political version of Saturday Night Live, which is actually where the joke came from.
Since my intended humorous context was lost in translation, I apologize.
I still believe Ms. Haley is pretending to be someone she is not, much as Obama did, but I apologize to both for an unintended slur.
Isn’t it sad when a perfectly innocent joke that uses racially-charged offensive terminology is totally taken out of context? I weep for him. And how dare other people not realize that South Carolina State Senator Jake Knotts is trying to wake America up—-Haley and Obama are not who we think they are!
Fig. 2: This must be what Knotts is trying to warn us about.
Case 2: The Tom Joyner Morning Show, part deux
Fig. 3: I wonder if they can sing “I’m Sorry” in three-part harmony?
Speaking of apologizing for being idiotic, I got a reply from the Tom Joyner Morning Show concerning their little moment of totally innocent homophobia. I emailed the show to voice my displeasure with their moment and the exchange is as follows:
Sent: Thu 6/3/2010 1:02 PM
To: Tom Joyner
Subject: Email Tom Joyner
Message = I’ve got two questions:
1. With the problem of homophobia in black communities, why would you joke with Eddie Levert about stuff being “gay”? You used the term as a slur.
2. After playing Levert’s song “Why?” why didn’t you ask him about his lyrics about men living with men and women living with women being “wrong”?
Now, I’ve got a comment; I think you need to really rethink your approaches to black gays and lesbians–you do realize that in the black history that you so cherish, that black gays and lesbians have played integral and important roles in securing the rights and privileges you so cherish–including the privilege to have a morning show in which you spout homophobic garbage.
Just so you know, you’ve lost one listener. I’ll be back when you drop the sophomoric homophobic nonsense.
Here’s the response I got—fairly quickly, I might add:
What up, [Skippy]!
I’m sorry if our jokes–and it was just jokes–offended you. We joke and laugh about a lot of things on the TJMS and it’s never, ever intended to hurt peoples’ feelings or insult our listeners.
I hope you’ll give us another chance.
Now, children, tell me something. Tell me why people issue these tepid apologies? “If the dumbassery we did offended you”? Um, I just emailed you to berate you for being sophomoric and homophobic—-that ain’t a commendation and I don’t think I was being ambiguous, so I don’t understand this “if” business.
No, wait. I do understand this “if” business. It’s snide and weaselly. It’s a rhetorical bit of sleight of hand in which the accused turns the accusation back on the accuser. You see, it’s clear that the TJMS was clearly innocent—-they were just jokes, y’all—-and I’m being a big ol’ meanie for completely misinterpreting them giggling about the term “gay” and wondering why they didn’t ask Saint Eddie Levert about his lyrical choices. And here’s another thing; note that the apology fails to address the problem of homophobia. I don’t really give a flying fig about whether it was a joke or a serious statement; the problem here isn’t the joke—-it’s the content of the joke. Even telling a “politically incorrect” joke can be funny, but the person telling the joke has to be ready to accept the consequences of participating in potentially offensive humor.
Fig. 4: Dr. Sheldon Cooper finds your “humor” trite and puerile.