Tom Hanks, Robert DeNiro kinda sorta apologize even though it wasn’t really their fault, you know

posted at 9:40 pm on March 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

A little late-evening closure for you on two of the more heavily trafficked items of the day. All we need now is for Chris Rock to hug it out with Jason Mattera and the triangle of celebrity healing will be complete.

Here’s Hanks’s statement, via the Daily Caller. One lingering question: What the hell was Glenn Frey doing co-hosting a fundraiser that was swank enough to land Tom Hanks as emcee?

“I was blindsided when one of the parents got up on the stage in a costume that was hideously offensive then and is hideously offensive now,” Hanks’ said in a statement provided by his New York City publicist.

“What is usually a night of food and drink for a good cause was, regrettably, marred by an appalling few moments,” said Hanks, who is a prominent supporter of President Barack Obama.

DeNiro is less apologetic, but then he has less to apologize for:

DeNiro’s response was polite, if not particularly apologetic.

“My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone —- especially the First Lady,” DeNiro said in a statement to TPM.

A campaign spokeswoman for the First Lady, who was present at the fundraiser, said earlier in an e-mail that the joke was “inappropriate.”

I tried to muster the requisite outrageous outrage for his silly joke about whether America’s ready for a white First Lady and, like Ann Coulter and Ace, just couldn’t get to the top of the hill. But that’s not the point, right? The point is to rub the left’s faces in these moments of “insensitivity” until they either (a) tone down their own politically calculated outrageous outrage at the right or (b) apply their standards for civil discourse equally to their own side, even though neither of those things will ever happen precisely because so much of it is politically calculated. (Why disarm an effective weapon or, worse, use it against your own side?) In any case, Hanks, DeNiro, and Bill Maher represent three distinct points on the sensitivity spectrum. DeNiro made an innocuous joke on a sensitive subject; he gets hit purely as a quid pro quo, on the assumption that a conservative would be demagogued for any similar joke touching on race, however innocuous. Hanks is further down the spectrum. As Ed noted this morning, he didn’t interact much with the guy in blackface (it was Frey who did most of the egging on) but he didn’t object either so he gets dinged on guilt by association, a perennially useful political tool for both sides. And then further down the spectrum is Maher, who spouts plenty of nastiness himself and gets a pass for it because, unlike Limbaugh, he carries water for the left. He’s the most egregious offender of the three because the hypocrisy in covering for him is the most glaring. That’s why he’s been taking heat for two weeks while Hanks and DeNiro will be forgotten tomorrow. Anyway, outrage metrics are fun.

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Listen Hanks….SHUT UP AND ACT! We are tired of your guilt! If you think you make far too much $$$$ for a job that requires a whole lot of NOTHING, and you feel in order to justify this you need to demonize the rest of us…well the jig is up and as Romney says….We are NOT going to take it anymore!!

justonevictory on March 21, 2012 at 8:55 AM

As for DeNiro…well I’m Italian so no comment ha

justonevictory on March 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

F**k Tom Hanks. I’ll never watch another movie, TV show, or anything associated with him or his wife, again.

georgej on March 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

“My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone —- especially the First Lady,” DeNiro said in a statement to TPM.

Hey it ‘s not about the Mooch you DeBag,
it’s about the wives of Republican candidates,
those who are white,
the ones you were insulting …..remember ?

burrata on March 20, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Exactly. A non-apology apology.

Newt was right to call DeNiro out on this.

IndeCon on March 21, 2012 at 9:11 AM

georgej on March 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

That’ll show him!

*rolling my eyes*

Dante on March 21, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I am personally so exhilirated by the exposure of the Left, that I can easily understand Brietbart’s mega-exhiliration at being an instigator of that exposure. I’m sorry, but I did not see Tom Hanks react with any sort condemnation, but rather acknowledged that “yeah, we all send our kids to this white school because we wouldn’t be caught dead with our kids in public school with all the indoctrination and trash kids but we sure think everyone else ought to HAVE to send their kids to public schools and should be denied choice.” That’s how I read his “diverse as St. Matthews is ever gonna get” comment.

I mean, all this calling out the hypocrites literally sends adrenaline rushing and I can’t get enough. Keep it coming, Mattera et al.


DaBeesKnees on March 21, 2012 at 9:27 AM

*rolling my eyes*

Dante on March 21, 2012 at 9:19 AM

The only lever I have is to withdraw my patronage. The only correction conservatives have is to boycott their work.

It works.

Case in point: The Dixie Chicks.

georgej on March 21, 2012 at 9:49 AM

What happened, did DeNiro’s joke make MY Belle just find out she IS black and realize while she will not always be 1st Lady she will always be black?

Wade on March 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Nicely done, Allah.

DeNiro’s comment was actually funny. But as long as the left is going to play the race card at every opportunity, it has to be thrust right back in their faces when they are the offenders.

Sadly, this appears to me to be the only way to get past this era of people being offended at the smallest of comments. To restore our Country to anything resembling greatness we need strength — strong minds and strong backs. Taking offense — real or feigned — because of mere words is a symbol for the weak-minded nation we are becoming.

EconomicNeocon on March 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

At what point did this become offensive to Tom Hanks…. hum… as usual about the time someone actually produced the damning event without editing the content for all of us to see and hear.

I am sure there are a few more slightly objectionable snippets out there of our own current President and first lady that just might need to see the light of day as well… just, to set the confusing and disingenuous records straight you know.

The Hollywood elite and the political arenas are going to become incredibly entertaining in that, even the under privileged nowadays have some sort of recording device they can record anywhere anytime and upload in real time for all the world to see. Let’s all be honest…. EVERYONE had better remember, what you say CAN and WILL be used against you in the court of public opinion!

ActinUpinTexas on March 21, 2012 at 12:41 PM

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