"Funny thing about Obama" - page 4

"on his hbo show, "real time with bill maher," the comedian routinely makes vicious fun of celebrities, politicians, presidents and even god. but he's learned that, for much of his audience, barack... Read More

  1. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    The point of the article was Comedians are treading carefully as they test the limits of political satire with a black president . ..

    Not that it should be ok to make racist jokes about anyone. But you should be able to joke about Obama without someone automatically saying it is racist to crack a joke about him simply because he has darker skin than other presidents.

    This thread kind of proves that point . . .


    steph

    No, it doesn't. Unless you include the humor-impaired.
  2. by   Absolutely13
    I was looking up the Obama bucks thread from last fall. Boy, we were all wound up like clocks pre-election.

    It was like instant messaging, with sometimes 3 or 4 posts with the same post time.
  3. by   Absolutely13
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    The point of the article was Comedians are treading carefully as they test the limits of political satire with a black president . ..

    Not that it should be ok to make racist jokes about anyone. But you should be able to joke about Obama without someone automatically saying it is racist to crack a joke about him simply because he has darker skin than other presidents.

    This thread kind of proves that point . . .


    steph
    I don't know, Steph, if a black president or a popular president is the cause. The article takes liberties assuming it's because we have a black president.
  4. by   SuesquatchRN
    That was an amazing time.

    Funny story. True. A friend's dad, in his 80's, has Alzheimer's. Whenever he sees Obama on the television he asks, "Who's that Black guy all over the news?" "He's the President, Dad." "Yeah, right. Who is he really?"

    Alzheimer's. Making new friends every - minute.

  5. by   hillarypeace2006
    Quote from Absolutely13
    I was looking up the Obama bucks thread from last fall. Boy, we were all wound up like clocks pre-election.

    It was like instant messaging, with sometimes 3 or 4 posts with the same post time.

    Abs you are right, it was a tense time. Im relieved to have a four year rest. It was so troubling at times that I had many times wished Hillary Clinton would have won the nomination.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Absolutely13
    I don't know, Steph, if a black president or a popular president is the cause. The article takes liberties assuming it's because we have a black president.
    My own experience here on allnurses has me leaning towards "because we have a black president".

    The article does bring up popularity . . but these late night hazings have been going on since Nixon (and actually political cartoons go back even further). Why are people REALLY hesitant? Because we are used to being called racist if we disagree with Obama.

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...,3871378.story

    "But it's Obama's African American heritage more than any other single factor that has perhaps frozen comics' pens and keyboards. Political humorists, most of whom are white, have never dealt with a black president and aren't sure how their material will be received. Is an Obama joke truly aimed at the office and its policies, or is it merely a smokescreen for racial prejudice?

    "You don't want to appear racist," said Buddy Winston, a former writer for the "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." "You can't do the stereotypical thing. Someone who's a Texan or an elite is much easier to attack."
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    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...&type=politics

    "As Americans shake off the afterglow of President-elect Barack Obama's victory, soon it will be time to renew that time-honored tradition: mocking the president. But as comedians - especially white ones - learned during the campaign, mocking Obama requires entering America's often-started but never-fulfilled national conversation about race. . . . ."

    . . ."Obama was the butt of only 58 jokes on five major late-night comedy shows - all of which are hosted by white men - in September, according to the latest figures compiled by the nonpartisan Center for Media and Culture. GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was the punch line 283 times, GOP presidential pick Sen. John McCain clocked in at 245, and even President Bush took 141 comedic blows. "Most people in entertainment tend to be more liberal or more Democratic-leaning. So of course, all the blows will be landing on the right," said Brian Copeland,. . ."
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    I googled Obama and comedians . .. there are many stories that have been written about this subject.



    steph
  7. by   herring_RN
    The joke was about a "black cat in the White House". I think it was mildly clever, but it did mention his race.

    So what?
    I still ain't gonna enjoy no white gravy.
    LOVE watermelon!
    Drink crystal light.
  8. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    Why are people REALLY hesitant? Because we are used to being called racist if we disagree with Obama.
    Who is "we," Steph? And frankly, I've heard people insist that disagreement with Obama brands them with the racist mark but I haven't seen it happen, except from our resident angry young people.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from herring_RN
    The joke was about a "black cat in the White House". I think it was mildly clever, but it did mention his race.

    So what?
    I still ain't gonna enjoy no white gravy.
    LOVE watermelon!
    Drink crystal light.

    Let's not even start with the redneck jokes. :icon_roll

    My family is from Arkansas and Oklahoma and my husband is a proud redneck. I'm surrounded by them.

    Fried chicken, potato salad, iced tea, watermelon . .... Sunday dinner after church in the summer!


    steph
  10. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from herring_RN
    *shudder*

    What IS that?
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    Who is "we," Steph? And frankly, I've heard people insist that disagreement with Obama brands them with the racist mark but I haven't seen it happen, except from our resident angry young people.
    Ok - fair enough. I can only speak for myself. Change "we" to "I".

    And it happened here during the election . ..


    steph
  12. by   Absolutely13
    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    *shudder*

    What IS that?
    Adipose tissue before it's consumed.
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    *shudder*

    What IS that?
    Biscuits and sausage gravy.

    We do the same thing with fried chicken.

    It is a heart attack just waiting to happen!

    steph

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