It’s no secret that people – liberals included – are growing increasingly angry at Obama and his tepid response to the BP oil spill. While I can’t (or won’t) place the blame solely on the shoulders of Obama, I don’t deny how he is seemingly showing more and more of an inability to prevent and handle crises when they occur. He’s in a tub of hot water right now.
As expected, comedians have been quick to jump on the Prez for this. No harm, no foul. In fact, as a political junkie, I look forward to seeing how comedians and satirists put humorous spins on day-to-day stories making their way through the news cycle. Included in the mix is one of my favorite comedians, Bill Maher. Said Maher:
I thought when we elected a black president, we were going to get a black president. You know, this [BP oil spill] is where I want a real black president. I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt where you can see the gun in his pants. That’s — (using the stereotypical voice of a black thug) ‘we’ve got a motherfu**ing problem here?’ Shoot somebody in the foot.
Check out the video:
I like you Bill. But, seriously? Black presidents are supposed to have guns stashed on their person, ready to bust a cap in folks they don’t like, huh? That might be true for…let’s say…black people who live in urban cities severely broken by de-industrialization. But United States presidents? Again, I ask: seriously?
We’ve heard similar ‘shoot-em-up’ humor about Bush. But that humor speaks more to Bush’s Texas-cowboy-fantasy-world. Meanwhile this humor is clearly directed at Obama’s race and certain stereotypical expectations commonly associated with one’s racial makeup.
The truth of the matter is, I don’t take great offense to Maher’s racism. He’s a comedian; paid to use the most shocking, crude humor possible. For people like him, no place is off-limits. Where I take issue is with the clear cut double standards we see here. If Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck or some other heated, conservative comedian-types said this, liberals would rise up in arms crying foul. When other liberals do it (though Maher frequently suggests he’s a libertarian), it gets chalked up as harmless and nuanced humor.
Which is it people?