Week In Review: Rapping’ On Racism
Americans were appalled this week, when video surfaced of Oklahoma University SAE fraternity brothers singing an incredibly racist tune. Wingnuts were appalled that the rest of the us were appalled.
- Family Research Council senior fellow Ken Blackwell blamed SAE’s repeated use of the word “n*****s” on the “coarse language” of columnist and gay activist Dan Savage.
- “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski blamed the rap music for the fraternity’s racist chant. Brzezinski said of rapper Waka Flocka, who cancelled an appearance at OU after the video came out, “…he shouldn’t be disgusted with them, he should be disgusted with himself.” Scarborough agreed, adding, “So do they hear this at home? Well, chances are good, no, they heard a lot of this from guys like this who are now acting shocked.”
- Rush Limbaugh said, "“If this had been a song by Kim Kardashian‘s husband, and then sung this song at the Grammys, it’d be a hit.”
Twitter exploded with satirical takes on popular albums, filtered through wingnut “logic,” under the hashtag #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery.
— Jeff Chang (@zentronix) March 12, 2015
2014 Forest Hills Plantation #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery
— Amanda Seales (@amandaseales) March 12, 2015
Get North Or Die Trying #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery
— PULLUP TARDÓN (@GrandeMarshall) March 11, 2015
Missy Elliott "I Can't Stand The Chains" #RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery
— B.⚡️LADE™ (@BSladeNow) March 12, 2015
#RapAlbumsThatCausedSlavery "Straight Out Of Cotton"
— Isaiah Smallwood (@IsaiahSOfficial) March 11, 2015
The Intentionally Withheld Education of Lauryn Hill #rapalbumsthatcausedslavery
— Little Skeedie (@SKEEerra) March 11, 2015
— Chloe A. Hilliard (@Chloe_Hilliard) March 11, 2015
Is Aaron Schock Done?
- Sticking taxpayers with the bill for redecorating his Capitol Hill office;
- Using money from an outside group to take his “companion”/photographer and videographer on a trip to India;
- Used campaign money to go on a duty-free shopping trip to Buenos Aires, bought gifts for donors, but won’t say what;
- Selling his home to a wealthy donor, for well above market price;
- Failing to report gifts and meals form a lavish trip to London;
- Bilking taxpayers to treat himself and his staff to weekend in a New York City, even though most of them had little official work to do there; and
- Charging taxpayers for private plane travel to London, as well as a Bears game and a Katy Perry concert.
That last one may be what cooks Schock’s goose. Rep. Schock reported $3,000 of his trip to that Bears game as a campaign-related “software” purchase — that never happened. Asked if he thinks he’s in any real trouble, Rep. Schock answered, “Well, I certainly hope not. … I’m not an attorney.” But he’s hired two criminal defense attorneys anyway. Prominent conservatives are calling for him to resign, but
Schock told the Peoria Journal Star, "I’m not going anywhere.
- Texas Republican State Rep. Jason Villalba introduced legislation making it illegal to photograph or videotape within 25 feet of, “a peace officer … performing a duty or exercising authority.” Villbala took to Twitter, to dare those who opposed him to vote him out.
- South Carolina Republican State Senator Larry Grooms said that a proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, “has to do with the propagation of our species,” and “is in the best interest of our species.”
- Florida Republican State Rep. John Wood told House subcommittee members that CO2 isn’t a pollutant, because “God gave us CO2 to grow plants, for us to exhale — everything else.”
- Michigan Republican state Rep. Al Pscholka apologized for calling California “the land of fruits and nuts” during a House floor debate on regulation of residential chair lifts.
- Last week, Oklahoma Republican State Sen. Joseph Silk told the New York Times that gay people, “don’t have a right to be served in every single store.” This week, during an appearance on Bryan Fischer’s radio show, Silk said that gay activists, “do not want people to have freedom.” Thus, “religious freedom” legislation allowing businesses to discriminate against LGBT people is “necessary.”
- Everybody’s somebody’s baby, but Republican Texas State Rep. Jonathan Strickland hung a sign outside his office identifying him as a “former fetus,” just to make a point. Rep. Strickland also acted like a big baby when a Republican colleague took down his sign.
- Oklahoma Republican State Rep. Chuck Strohm proposed a bill that would allow businesses to deny service to LGBT people, if it was “against the person’s religious beliefs.” Democratic state Rep. Emily Virgin went Strohm one better, and proposed an amendment requiring businesses to post public notices of discrimination, if they claim a religious right to deny service to LGBT people.
Here’s the rest of the best of the worst in wingnuttery this week:
- Proving there’s no limit to how low he can go, former New York City Mayor and failed presidential candidate Rudy Giulliani blamed President Obama and attorney general Eric Holder for the shooting of two Ferguson police officers, and commended officer Darren Wilson for shooting and killing Michael Brown.
- Giuliani also said that the president should “be more like Bill Cosby,” and spend more time telling African-Americans to pull their pants up.
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R, Texas) bombed in his attempt to win over a firefighter’s union, proving that guaranteed laugh lines at CPAC aren’t funny in the real world.
- Glenn Beck may resign from the board of the National Rifle Association, because of a belief in a bizarre conspiracy theory that fellow NRA board-member Grover Nordquist is, “actively involved, both enabling and empowering, Muslim Brotherhood influence operations against our movement and our country.”
- She’s back, again. Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R, Minnesota) was spotted in Washington this week, in front of the White House, with a camera crew. Look out, Hollywood. Ms. Bachmann has a cameo as herself in Sharknado 3, the latest installment in the cult franchise. The film also stars MarK Cuban as President of the United States, and conservative columnist Ann Coulter as Vice President.
- During an interview with WorldNet Daily, while she was in town, Bachmann warned that the passage of a clean extension of funding for the Department of Homeland Security guarantees voter fraud and “Obama Phones” for undocumented immigrants, and a Democratic president in 2016.
- Fox News host Megyn Kelly dismissed the Department of Justice’s damning report on its investigation of the Ferguson police department, saying it was unfair to blame a whole department for a few racist emails. “There are very few companies in America… ,” Kelly said, where “you won’t find any racist e-mails, or inappropriate comments.” Well, now we know what it’s like to work at Fox News.
- House majority whip Rep. Steve Scalice (R, Louisiana) , aka “David Duke without the baggage,” has fumbled several key votes; the most recent being a three-week extension to fund the Department of Homeland Security, in which Republicans were rebuffed by 52 members of their own caucus.
- Fox News is freaking out over Google’s plan to rank news stories by accuracy, rather than popularity. Maybe Fox is worried about losing its “most trusted network” status, if stories are ranked for accuracy.
- Former Fox News host Eric Burns told CNN’s “Reliable Sources” that, “The people who watch Fox News are cultish,” he said. ”O’Reilly, as the head of the cult, is not held to the same standards as Brian Williams, who is part of the larger media culture."
- Florida state employees were barred from using the term “climate change” after Republican Rick Scott took over as governor.
- Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson said being gay is a “choice. ” Dan Savage invited Carson to prove it.
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R, South Carolina) told NBC’s Chuck Todd that he’s never sent an email. Graham sits on the House Privacy and Technology Committee.
- Sen. Graham also said his first act as president would be to send the military after Congress.
- Pat Robertson warned a “700 Club” viewer that modern Buddhism is like a “disease,” and that she should quit her job before her Buddhist co-workers “infect” her with it.