Chris Rock Has A White President For You: Barack Obama
Chris Rock recorded a special election-week message for Jimmy Kimmel Live, which is filming in Brooklyn this week (both comedians are Brooklyn natives). In the spot, Rock assuages the fears of undecided Caucasian voters, telling them he has just the candidate who understands them: Barack Obama.
“In times like these, you need a white president you can trust,” says a smiling Rock. “And that white president’s name is Barack Obama.
“Let’s take a look at the facts,” he says, before noting that “Barry,” by which the president was known for much of his life, is “the third whitest name” in the country; and that the Dunhams, the grandparents who raised Obama, are so white “they have to wear sunglasses because they’re hurting each other’s eyes.”
Other choice “evidence” includes:
“Barack Obama supports gay marriage. Most black men don’t even support straight marriage!”
“If you want a white president, I’ve got a polo-wearing, Hawaii-living, home-beer-brewing, league-bowling guy for you.”
I have to admit, I winced when I read the headline that Chris Rock made a racially-charged comedy video just days before the election. “This is not the best time,” I thought. But Rock’s real target isn’t the voters, it’s the president himself and our expectations for black men in this country. Leave it to one of the US’s leading comedians (if not the leading comedian) to deliver a routine that’s just too funny, honest, and good-natured to ignore.
What do you think about Chris Rock’s “endorsement?”
[via Huffington Post]