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Rush plays "Barack the Magic Negro"

from Daily Kos:

This is a head-shaker. Imus gets canned for calling some college women basketball players "nappy-headed hos" and yet Rush Limbaugh plays "Barack The Magic Negro" on his show and he is still on the air?

How is that even possible?

To hear the song yourself, hit this YouTube link. The audio is from Rush's show, the video portion was done by someone else.

It is a parody by Paul Shanklin impersonating Al Sharpton and based on the Peter, Paul, and Mary hit song "Puff, the Magic Dragon". I am really at a loss of words. I heard it for the first time yesterday on the radio and was sickened.

Again, how is this man on the air?



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Comments (14)

langtry:

If that was on "Saturday Night Live", one of the 'TV Funhouse' bits Robert Smigel does, would you laugh? Probably. But coming from Rush, it rubs the wrong way, doesn't it?

Truth be told, the song's really about Sharpton & how he likely feels about Obama stealing his spotlight, usurping all his 'good works', being a more palatable version of a black male, etc.

Is it in poor taste? Yes. But Obama had better get used to it if he's in this for real. Parodies, tasteful or fair or otherwise, are part and parcel of making it to the political big time. Obama would do well to let it sputter out and go away, but I am afraid he tends to be a little tone-deaf on what fights to pick and which ones to ignore (IMHO, of course).

Matt:

Rush is still on the air?

I would of thought he drifted off into irrelevance years ago. Oh, wait, he did!!

To some people, there would be a difference between a gratuitous, generically racial remark made about basketball team and the satire of major public/political figures.

Again, how is this man on the air?

His sponsors don't pull their ads.

Paul Hamilton:

Good points, but I don't think that speaks well for the state of politics in the country in general. I hate to see candidates reduced to caricatures because that stifles discussion of what the candidate stands for and substitutes nothing but personalities.

BillyBob:

I thought it was a hoot. You can thank L.A. Times columnist, David Ehrenstein for coining the phrase, but of course the fact that a moonbat Op-Ed is the source for the Magic Negro phrase is conveniently left out.

Libs have no sense of humor.

Ya ought to hear the Justice Brothers parody that Rush plays. Fits the race baiters Sharpton & Jackson just perfect.

"I thought it was a hoot. You can thank L.A. Times columnist, David Ehrenstein for coining the phrase, but of course the fact that a moonbat Op-Ed is the source for the Magic Negro phrase is conveniently left out."

"Libs have no sense of humor."

Nice of you to drop by and lie to us, Billybob, but Ehrenstein did not coin the term "Magic Negro", although he did use it to describe Obama in an Op-Ed piece.

The magical negro is typically "in some way outwardly or inwardly disabled, either by discrimination, disability or social constraint," often a janitor or prisoner.[5] He has no past; he simply appears one day to help the white protagonist.[6] He is the black stereotype, "prone to criminality and laziness."[7] To counterbalance this, he has some sort of magical power, "rather vaguely defined but not the sort of thing one typically encounters."[6] They are patient and wise, often dispensing various words of wisdom, and are "closer to the earth."[3]

Yes, Limbaugh invoked Ehrenstein's name as a cover for his racist depiction of Obama, but you needn't lie about the origin of the term.

scott:

"Yes, Limbaugh invoked Ehrenstein's name as a cover for his racist depiction of Obama, but you needn't lie about the origin of the term."


The parody was done, I think, a few days after Rush commented on the L.A. Times guy's use of the word. He didn't just do it, and then say, "well, this other guy used it first."

That was abso-friggin-lutely hilarious. The song, at least... the video, not so much.

The whole "artist" argument is bulls**t. Why is it okay for Snoop Dog and other rap/hip-hop artists to make racial comments, but not okay for Imus or Limbaugh to do the same?

pgg:

The parody was done, I think, a few days after Rush commented on the L.A. Times guy's use of the word. He didn't just do it, and then say, "well, this other guy used it first."

As I recall from listening to Rush's show in the one or two days following Ehrenreich's LAT column, what Rush said about it was along the lines of "And you just watch... it won't be long before liberals try to pin the phrase 'Magic Negro' on me, never mentioning that it was not I who first referred to Obama as such."

Your Honor, I offer this blog entry by Paul Hamilton as Exhibit A, and humbly rest my case.

BillyBob:

You dorks can't handle the truth. Laughable, you are. Typical lefits, attack who you don't agree with and call them a liar. The left is full of fat liars, look at AlGore, Michael Moore, and all the leftist communist posters here. :)

Dave:

Lee,
Get the context right before your report it. Quit trying to be so black and white. I thought you Libs had a little bit more nuance?

Here are the lyrics which explain themselves:


Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times, they called him that
'Cause he's not authentic like me.

Yeah, the guy from the L.A. paper
Said he makes guilty whites feel good
They'll vote for him, and not for me
'Cause he's not from the hood.

See, real black men, like Snoop Dog,
Or me, or Farrakhan
Have talked the talk, and walked the walk.
Not come in late and won!

Refrain:
Oh, Barack the Magic Negro, lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times, they called him that
'Cause he's black, but not authentically.

(repeat Refrain)

Some say Barack's "articulate"
And bright and new and "clean"
The media sure loves this guy,
A white interloper's dream!

But, when you vote for president,
Watch out, and don't be fooled!
Don't vote the Magic Negro in
'Cause... (music stops, Sharpton rants, music returns)

(background vocalists repeat refrain & finish song)

Not only do the lyrics explain themselves, but it is obvious you didn't listen to the song other than the main chorus and thought Limbaugh was picking on him because he was black. Most of it is picking on the rest of the liberals for propping him up as their token black to assuage their liberal guilt over the treatment of blacks. This song has less to do with barack and more to do with people like you Lee, who prop up someone ONLY because of their race instead of their accomplishments.

What's really funny is that you retards knee jerk a response without knowing where the song came from.

Russ:

Can anyone tell me what line in that is actually funny? Apparently I must not have a sense of humor.

Mike:

The lines themselves aren't that funny... it's hearing "Sharpton" sing them that makes it humorous. Al Sharpton is such a laughable character, and the hypocrasy that he and the LA Times, and Joe Biden get away with is what's being made fun of here. Doesn't have much to do with Obama at all.


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