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Stay Classy, South Carolina

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Some GOP activist jackhole in South Carolina has been forced to apologize for a really ridiculous racist comment about Michelle Obama.  He trotted out the ol’ “j/k!” trick, and then followed it up with the age-old “blame your behavior on the victim of your behavior” trick.  Typical.

You see, last week a gorilla escaped from a local South Carolina zoo.  Henry Masters, South Carolina’s Attorney General posted a story about the escaped ape on the Facebook page of political consultant Will Folks.  Rusty DePass, a former state senate candidate and the jackhole in question, commented on the post: “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”

He  admitted to a television station, WIS 10, that he had been talking about Michelle Obama, and apologized if anyone took offense, but obviously didn’t apologize for making the stupid ass statement: “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.”  He later said, “The comment was hers. Not mine,” claiming that Michelle O had made statements in the media that we are all descendants of apes. A review of this wonderful information box we call the Internet revealed that she has made no such statements, although being a person who believes in evolution, and not “the earth was made 6000 years ago,” she probably thinks it.

Either way, for him to try and claim he was riffing off some statement that she may have said is the height of dooshery.  We know what you meant, dillhole.  Black folks ain’t nothin’ but a bunch of wild apes.

Where’s my fuckin’ banana?

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June 15, 2009 - Posted by | Culture Critic, News You May or May Not Use, Politiks | , , , , , ,

15 Comments »

  1. Ugh. I swear to God, I do not know how people like this can look themselves in the mirror.

    What kind of imaginary world do you occupy, in which this kind of behavior is acceptable?? My 5 year old knows better than this.

    What a shameful, shameful thing to think, much less say.

    Comment by SeaKat | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  2. Seriously, I don’t find this “joke” even remotely close to funny… yet, people compared Bush to an ape multiple times, or what about David Letterman’s disgusting joke about Palin’s underage daughter? The hypocrisy is loud and clear and by BOTH sides. Gah, I hate getting political but this is stupid… both sides are guilty of this fucking BS!

    Although, it was South Carolina and that in itself speaks volumes.

    Comment by XENU | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  3. I heard about this and I was really shocked. I’m glad you put up his name and his photo. I like to know what someone looks like when I despise them.

    Comment by blah | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  4. Not to hijack the thread or anything, but Xenu mentioned Letterman’s jooke about Palin’s daughter.

    You know, I may be getting myself in a lot of trouble here, but I really don’t think he was out of line. When you say “Palin,” I instantly have the following associations in mind:

    *Sexy librarian look
    *Alaska
    *Dumbass
    *Unwed pregnant teen daughter

    As such, the joke seemed to mock a pretty major piece of her public persona, rather than her daughter Willow, specifically — which **would** be uncool.

    I don’t think you can promote an abstinence-only platform, have your pregnant teen daughter campaign with you, have her go on the cover of People magazine in her high school graduation cap and gown, cuddling her baby to promote abstinence, no less- and THEN claim that a late-night comedian making a joke about one of your daughters getting pregnant is inappropriate. It just doesn’t wash.

    Edited to Add: Maybe we already discussed this in a previous thread – I’ve been crazy busy and haven’t caught up on everything yet. If so, apologies!

    Comment by SeaKat | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  5. People did also liken the Dubya to an ape, but I didn’t see prominent public figures doing so openly.

    Comment by WhoMee | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  6. More importantly, there is no racist history associated with calling white people apes.

    It’s like racism 101 people. It’s the first page of your workbook.

    Lesson 1: no makey monkey joke about darkies.

    (see what i did there? didja didja?)

    Comment by stopthemadness | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  7. SeaKat, it was her underage 14yr old daughter, which in my opinion- crossed the line. It was inappropriate just because it’s just gross to talk about doing sexy times with a minor.

    .. but hey, it’s America we can agree to disagree, right? 🙂

    Comment by XENU | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  8. stm: LOL!

    XENU – Yeah, I hear ya. I guess, in my mind, the crux of the joke lies in Palin’s famously hypocritical stance on abstience, as evidenced by her pregnant teenage daughter and not about the actual daughter who was with her. But yes, agree to disagree, for sure! 🙂

    (I’m sure my utter loathing for Palin does play into my reaction to the joke– just a wee bit, too!)

    Comment by SeaKat | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  9. He was referring to Bristol who is 18 and therefore not underage.

    Comment by oneofthevoicesinmyhead | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  10. Voices, Letterman has said that he assumed the joke referred to Bristol (which I do believe).

    However, it was Willow, not Bristol, who accompanied Sarah P. on the trip to NY. Since Letterman didn’t name the daughter, the Palins are able to claim that he was obviously talking about the daughter who was there, Willow.

    Comment by SeaKat | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  11. You want to know what’s sad? One of my bosses, would probably have found the “joke” funny, since one time when the whole office was at a restaurant for lunch and for some reason we were talking about football (actually, I wasn’t because I don’t care too much about pro sports) and my one boss (old white male) made a comment about football players and gorillas. Yup! He actually said that. Everyone at the table gasped and told him how inappropriate he was for saying that.

    And for some reason he could not understand why we were all upset and offended. And his lame defense is that if comedians can make jokes about race, why can’t he. He always says racist and sexist things in “jest”. The sad thing is, he will never change.

    One of the many reasons why I do not enjoy working where I work.

    Comment by rumoUr | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  12. “He always says…sexist things in ‘jest.'”

    I had to take a 4-hour HR seminar on Sexual Harrassment for my last job…and you can totally sue the shit out of him for that. Just, FYI.

    Comment by AdmittedlyAddicted | June 16, 2009 | Reply

  13. While the laws in Canada are probably different from those in the US, given Canada’s progressive stance on health care and maternity leave, I’d bet they are in your favor, rumoUr.

    You should start documenting everytime he makes one of these racist or sexist cracks. Even if you never sue, when you give your notice, you can hand the documentation to HR as a “concerned ex-employee” and tell them you just wanted to make sure that they know how much trouble the company could be in if someone else decides to pursue litigation.

    At the very least, someone will probably tell the ass to STFU.

    Comment by SeaKat | June 16, 2009 | Reply

  14. SeaKat, don’t you mean that the laws are in RumoUr’s favoUr?

    Comment by Helen Skor | June 16, 2009 | Reply

  15. Ooops!! Yes, you’re coUrrect!!

    Comment by SeaKat | June 16, 2009 | Reply


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