“Why Republicans are Full of Sh*t”, Take 4,781,571.
Once again, our dear friends on the right have proven that they can dish it out, but they can’t take it. The newest student to this reality is Obama impersonator Reggie Brown, who was recently given the boot at last week’s Republican Leadership Conference (RLC) in Louisiana. Brown first took to with Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” — likely an opening shot at Birthers. He proceeded with his routine by telling a series of stinging one-liners, taking jabs at President Obama (in first person, since he was also imitating the Prez, Anthony Weiner, Barney Frank, etc.
What started off as a performance well-received by the audience (deprecating humor mostly at Obama’s expense) turned into a litany of potshots against the Republican party; particularly the candidates vying for the 2012 nomination. After a few more minutes of jokes – met largely with heckles and moans from the audience – an event organizer proceeded to cut off Brown’s microphone and overshadow him with music…Oscars style. Another man then came on stage and escorted Brown away. See it all for yourself.
According to NBC Chicago.com, Mr. Brown has downplayed the entire event:
Brown told NBCChicago.com that the entire situation has been blown out of proportion, and that the reason his mic was cut off was because his time was up, similar to what happened to several other speakers during the program. He says he was invited to the after-party on Saturday, where he was warmly received and signed autographs for many of the Republican supporters there.
If anything, I think Brown was taking the high road as an entertainer. I think he was trying to be careful not to burn bridges and potentially ruin any other opportunities to have similar performances in the future. His speciality is clearly doing Barack Obama impersonations, and he doesn’t want to be left out in the cold. Smart move on his part. However, I think this went well beyond simply being an issue of time; especially when you consider the comments from Charlie Davis, RLC President and CEO in an interview with the Washington Post:
“I pulled him off the stage [...] I just thought he had gone too far. He was funny the first 10 or 15 minutes, but it was inappropriate, it was getting ridiculous [...] We’ve had a great event. Probably the only problem we’ve had was the impersonator.”
There you have it. The jokes were nice and funny when they were at the President’s expense. But flip the script on Republicans? You can most certainly expect your mic to get cut off while getting kicked off stage. Thank God Stephen Colbert wasn’t the entertainment that evening.