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Jamie Foxx on this week's Saturday Night Live made some jokes about the "new black." How it was cool, suddenly, to be black. NewsBusters took issue, as did I, with the way Foxx described his role in Django Unchained, the latest film from Quentin Tarantino. Said Foxx, "I kill all the white people. How cool is that?"
It's not very cool, actually. I always apply the "reverse test" where I reverse the wording to see if other people would be offensive. And if I said that I were in a movie where I "killed all the black people" then there would be plenty of protests outside my office. I would--rightfully--fear for my life.
Tarantino is a provocateur, admittedly, and his uber-violent films are full of material that most would consider insensitive, racially and stereotypically. But they're damnably entertaining so most let it slide.
Noel Sheppard offers a salient comment, "How does it help race relations in this country when a black actor jokes on national television about killing white people?"
I don't hate the joke, though it made me uncomfortable. But if one man is allowed to make this joke without the ACLU getting up-in-arms then we have to remember this the next time Rush says something mildly offensive and it generates a protest drive from those simply seeking an excuse.