August 24, 2006

Stupid Reality Television Is Actually Good for Something

Like allowing Rush Limbaugh to demonstrate what a racist he is (and then deny it).

Posted by binky at August 24, 2006 04:38 PM | TrackBack | Posted to Extremism | You Can't Make This Stuff Up


i will say this in his defense: at least this racist diatribe, unlike the racist diatribe that virtually everything else he says amounts to, featured an equally offensive knock on whites as well. amusingly, that one might be the most historically defensible of the bunch -- indeed, unlike the others, which are based mostly on odious stereotypes with little connection to reality, his comments on whites aren't really stereotyping at all. in any event, they were his funniest comments, perhaps just because i didn't see them coming.

rush limbaugh = putz, in any event.

Posted by: moon at August 24, 2006 05:45 PM | PERMALINK

So, like, being more racist is somehow...?




Posted by: binky at August 24, 2006 05:53 PM | PERMALINK

Uh, moon: it's racist or it isn't. There isn't much else to say. The fact that Limbaugh may make some racist stereotype comments about white changes nothing about the other (racist) statements.

Posted by: baltar at August 24, 2006 10:26 PM | PERMALINK

i didn't deny that the whole thing was racist; i called it "a racist diatribe," did i not? i merely noted the anomaly that rush made "racist" comments on an equal opportunity basis for a change.

the rest of my comment was just a think piece. he used standard-issue stereotypes for all of the races except whites. with regard to whites, instead, he noted and extended very real historic activities of whites, in a linguistic construct discrete from stereotyping in its precise sense (that is, forming "a standardized mental picture that is held in common by members of a group and that represents an oversimplified opinion, prejudiced attitude, or uncritical judgment"). a technical, discourse-oriented point, whether you agree with its substance or not.

i'm not holding him to a different standard with regard to whites; i'm simply suggesting that the construct of how he said what he said about whites differed schematically from how he said what he said about the other races. that is, his comments about whites were couched at least partially in history, rather than following the stereotyping evident in, say, David Chapelle in his white-face skits.

and to be clear, there were white stereotypes in there, but not every one of his crocodile aspersions was of the 'white people can't dance' variety.

does that respond to your unprintable thoughts, binky?

Posted by: moon at August 25, 2006 11:58 AM | PERMALINK
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