Drake has been getting a whole lot if praise for his job hosting the ESPN Espy awards last Wednesday. He was called charming, personable, and a legit triple threat of talent by the popular media. And I won't deny the man did much better than I thought he would. He was nearly Timberlakeian...
But that's not to say his performance was not lacking it's controversies as today I am going to add a new adjective to his performance... Racist.
(And no, not because he dared utter "Redskins"...)
During his opening monologue, ten minutes of well regurgitated jokes that others wrote for him, the Degrassi: The Next Generation alumni made a joke that stuck with me...
“You know, tonight a man told me that Richard Sherman is the best defensive player that he has ever seen... And that man’s name was Richard Sherman. No, I love Richard Sherman man... Sherman’s my guy! Like, he’s so entertaining! Richard Sherman pissed off more white people this year than a crowded parking lot at Whole Foods. (They hate when they can’t get their almond milk, you know what I’m saying?)... Now look, some rough words in football this year... Riley Cooper said some things. Richie Incognito said some things. I just want to stress that there’s no room for racism in the NFL — unless you own a team in Washington, D.C. Then it’s a go.”
Richard Sherman pisses off more white people this year than a crowded parking lot at Whole Foods because they really hate not getting their almond milk...
It's a funny line. Nice, basic cable edgy, scrubbed okay because he ended up taking a shit on the Redskins...
But it was also a racist joke. Totally was...
Don't believe me? Well, let's try it out subbing the races and stereotypes, shall we???
Richard Sherman pissed off more black people this year than a KFC sold out of chicken. They do love them some chicken, don't they....
Richard Sherman pissed off more Asians than the Humane Society starting to charge by the pound for stray dog adoption. They might love them dog meat buts they loves them a bargain.
Richard Sherman pissed off more Jews this yeast than an oven company deciding to start measuring heating space in a newly created form of measurement they call the "Schlomo" (example, the new Whirlpool family feeder 19sx features an industry leading 12.5 Schlomos of oven space... Enough room to roast a small family and still room enough for those pies for the Church Bakesale).
Richard Sherman pissed off more Hispanics this year than when their bodega runs out of papaya juice and tortillas. Man, them little devils just love them tacos and sweet juice.
Now, what is the difference between any of those other jokes, said in the same manner of humor, and the line that Drake just tossed out unnoticed?
Because the punch line of the gab happened to be a white person, the gimmick is fine. That's it... Pretty sure if he had said any of those same jokes, all Hell would have been breaking loose still.
Don't think so?
Anthony Cumia made a similar disparaging generalization (claiming all blacks to be little more than hyper-violent goons is comparable to claiming that all whites are coddled effeminate she-men and spoiled women broken to rubble if the mildest of Life's fineries are denied to them). But I guess white makes right, in this case... So long as you wanna shit on whitey, everything's game.
"It's open season on White people!!!"--- Anthony Cumia
Don't get me wrong in my observation... I'm not finding any offense with the line itself (I thought it was an Ok line actually). But the hypocrisy of the guilty white people who tend to do the complaining whenever anyone makes the slightest swerves off the neatly carved PC lane. This is most dangerous when it turns it's attack upon comedy and comedians, the one place we have were our observers can shine that light of absurd truth upon us and perhaps force a little gentle reflection. Nothing good can come from it.
I get that people believe it isn't good comedy if you have to punch down (leading me to believe they have been deprived of midget humor). But if that's the case, then are you not ceding the racist (or sexist, genderist, homophobes, zionists....) point in this application of paternalistic perspective in which these protected groups have to be cared for by the newly enlightened masters desperate to even the field?
Because if we are all equal, then would this sort of attempted humor be just as frowned upon as the above?