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  •  Seems an obvious difference (3+ / 0-)
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    When Rush Limbaugh included "Barack The Magic Negro" in his radio show, the listener was expected to come away with the notion that black people should be ridiculed because they are black.  I can't see any other conclusion there.  Clear-cut.

    The reason is that when Rush Limbaugh expresses political views, the understanding is that we are generally to take them at face value.  He IS an actual right-wing talk-show host whose audience IS actually other right-wingers.

    But here, Colbert's use of "Ching-Chong Ding-Dong" is intended to leave the viewer with the notion that Asian people (or anyone else) should NOT be ridiculed, intentionally or by insensitivity, because when one does so, one looks ridiculous.  

    This is because the Colbert Report is a PARODY.  His job is to be ridiculous, because he is a comedian, and this often includes presenting political views to illustrate them as ridiculous.  He is NOT actually a right-wing talk-show host.  His audience is NOT actually right-wingers.

    How is this not clear?

    •  I suspect (0+ / 0-)

      that despite protestations many of the people pissed about this don't watch the show. If she (Park) was really offended by this, why wasn't she offended the first time his "ching chong ding dong" character was shown? Why wasn't she tweeting it then? Why wasn't she offended at any of the jokes aimed at misogynists when he was portraying an exaggerated version of their misogyny using as a gigantic mirror?

      Nicht durch Zorn, sondern durch Lachen tödtet man. ~Nietzsche

      by somewierdguy on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 10:00:35 AM PDT

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      •  interestingly, I WAS offended the first time (0+ / 0-)

        he did it, back in 2005

        i thought it was waaay over the top

        i think it was supposed to be a bit about people getting caught saying things off camera that they would never say on camera

        even so, I thought he went too far

        Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
        DEMAND CREATES JOBS!!!
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        by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 11:41:52 AM PDT

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    •  Of course, (2+ / 0-)
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      the song "Barack the Magic Negro" was a response to this column by David Ehrenstein from the LA Times, which was a criticism of then-Sen. Obama's role as the "magic negro" as well as of the culture that seeks them out.

      That the song Limbaugh aired lampooned this article was true -- and it was, indeed, satirical. But that it was satirical didn't mean it wasn't also racist in and of itself. And it was.

      "Much of movement conservatism is a con and the base is the marks." -- Chris Hayes

      by raptavio on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 01:03:32 PM PDT

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    •  it's clear to me (0+ / 0-)

      sometimes I feel as if I have stepped into opposite world on my own homeblog

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
      DEMAND CREATES JOBS!!!
      Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights to talk about grief.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 11:27:27 AM PDT

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