Video: Comedy is not … pretty

posted at 9:15 am on March 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The question on everyone’s lips today will be this: Can Hollywood’s most celebrated and likeable Everyman make blackface acceptable again? After narrating the Barack Obama 17-minute campaign ad, Tom Hanks ‘ next premiere comes from a 2004 charity auction, where he and singer Glenn Frey of The Eagles entertained the audience while raising money for a private school in tony Pacific Palisades, California. The video shows the CEO of an investment-banking firm in an Afro wig and dark makeup while Frey and Hanks make, er, politically incorrect jokes:

Video footage obtained by The Daily Caller shows Hollywood screen legend Tom Hanks and Eagles musician Glenn Frey at a 2004 fundraising auction, playfully interacting with a white man dressed as an African native, complete with blackface makeup and a giant Afro wig. …

The 2004 auction’s routine included a white man in blackface, identified in the footage as investment banker James Montgomery, CEO of the Santa Monica, Calif., firm Montgomery & Co. In addition to blackface makeup and the wig, Montgomery wore a leopard-print toga and an arm band made to look like it consisted of animal teeth.

During a lull in the auction, Frey refers to Montgomery and comments, “See how boring money management and stock investment is, people? It’s not nearly as much fun as, like, professional basketball.” …

Frey identifies Montgomery by name and says he is “just back from a Jerry Falwell sensitivity training seminar.” Referring to his appearance as a black caricature, Frey later says, “All I know is, this school is so conservative that Jamie Montgomery was almost not allowed in. They stuck him in the parking lot — they let him in. These are the jokes, people.”

Frey said that because people in the audience weren’t laughing — not even with one of Hollywood’s liberal icons on hand to give them permission. In fact, the video suggests that the only people who found the sight gag funny at all were Montgomery and Frey, who provided almost all of the related jokes. Hanks plays along with the gag, but besides the one remark about O’Reilly, he seems intent in this clip to keep making jokes about IPOs and to ignore Montgomery’s antics.

Niger Innis wasn’t laughing, either. The national spokesman of Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) called the skit “an orchestrated, heinous, and racist ‘Stepin Fetchit’ routine,” and demanded that Team Obama remove Hanks from their documentary’s narration. The Daily Caller also digs up a 2010 interview Hanks did with CNS News, in which he decried the slow pace of “enlightenment” on race relations in the context of the war against Japan in WWII, as a bit of context for Innis’ complaint. Interestingly, the video only came to light because the person who filmed the fundraiser in 2004 has grown irritated with Hanks for his “sharp-elbowed partisanship.” “Tom would be the first to scream ‘racist’ if a conservative put their arm around a ‘Wall Street Banker’ in blackface while their co-emcee made racists remarks,” she said. “He’s a hypocrite.”

I’m a bit torn on this. On one hand, I think people get way too sensitive about comedy routines, and taking the outrageous outrage to the level of a school fundraiser doesn’t seem healthy for anyone. On the other, if a Republican had participated in this skit — or even been videotaped in attendance while laughing at it — that would be proof positive of inherent GOP raaaaaaacism for years to come. The hypocrisy of the same crowd who likes to toss claims of racism at Obama’s opponents makes this fair game, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that in the end, this is just comedy … and lousy comedy at that.

Update: Innis is national spokesman for CORE, not its chair; I’ve fixed it above.


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Niger Innis … The chair of Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)

Really??

Uncledave on March 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I’m a bit torn on this

You are? Well I’m not. I can imagine what would happen to a conservative actor like Patricia Heaton should film footage be revealed of her with a man in black-face holding an oversized stuffed gorilla. Let’s all guess.

Marcus on March 20, 2012 at 9:20 AM

[Comment deleted, user banned -- Ed]

My Sharia Moor on March 20, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Bush’s fault.

Good Lt on March 20, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Wow

The 24/7 outrage if a conservative did this

Crickets will chirp from the lsm…..that’s so 2004, move on

The dems would not be crying this is just comedy if this was Kelsey grammer

cmsinaz on March 20, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I’m a bit torn on this.

Not me. I get me some good giggles anytime Hollywood lefties hoist themselves on their own petards.

whatcat on March 20, 2012 at 9:23 AM

What are the odds that Mom and Pop will ever hear about this?

Vince on March 20, 2012 at 9:23 AM

But they donate to Obama so they are not racists, so shut up.

rcpjr on March 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

If Hanks wasn’t a self-righteous Hollywierd elite, who is constantly lecturing us about how “racist” we are, I wouldn’t care.

But Hanks is all those things. Therefore I do care.

Justrand on March 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

You’re all outraged because of what you imagine hypothetical people would say if a hypothetical Republican laughed at this. Come on. Live in the now.

cjw79 on March 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Leopard skins and animal teeth….because all blacks are one step removed from the African steppe.

Come on, lefties, LAUGH, this is comedy after all. It isn’t like some fat white former drug abuser called someone a “slut”, this is just a blackface routine by a couple of 1%’ers.

Bishop on March 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Seriously….

This thing is pretty damned impressive.

My Sharia Moor on March 20, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Seriously, go away.

Lightswitch on March 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

“I’m a bit torn on this”….exactly. we have a sense of humor. we don’t look at everything by the color of someone. it would just be bad comedy to us. to them, if it were chuck heston with the mic, would be a completely different story. THAT is the story here. that is exactly why this women released this tape….because THEY ARE ALL HYPOCRITS.

badswing on March 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Liberals have an over-inflated belief in their own moral bona fides, giving them license to do anything that would otherwise be seen as all those things they call conservatives. LIBERALS could never be those things. A liberal has such a good heart, you see. Look past the behavior. Look at the heart! That’s why conservatives are evil. /

Paul-Cincy on March 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

If you are looking for “fairness” from the liberals/statists/progressives and the MSN you must remember according to liberals/statists/progressives and the MSM “Fairness is for losers”.

DVPTexFla on March 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

What a bunch of sluts.

patriette on March 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I’m no proponent of political correctness, so I don’t agree that Hanks should be dropped as the voiceover for the Obama propaganda video(although ultimately that is Barry’s call). That being said, Hanks decided to go ultrapartisan by doing the voiceover(along with his recent remarks, producing Game Change, and donating heavily to Dems), so I have no problem with this going viral and tarnishing his image.

(BTW, Ed, props for the Steve Martin reference in the threat title.)

Doughboy on March 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM

threat = thread

Must proofread!

Doughboy on March 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I find several things wrong with this. First off, the jokes were not funny. If you are going to do comedy, and offensive comedy at that, it better be funny.

Secondly, dressing up like a black woman in some sort of Tarzan outfit with a stuffed gorilla and an afro is offensive. It is not the “overly sensitive” type of offensive, but legitimately offensive. Blackface should never be socially acceptable.

I applaud the audience for not laughing at this. But it was easy seeing how this just was not funny.

dernst2 on March 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I always wondered during 2008 cycle why gorilla jokes were a taboo while age- and senility-themed jokes were all the rage. If not for the double standards socialists would have none, would they?

Archivarix on March 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Good find from DC; thanks for highlighting it.

Another HYPOCRITE is Jeffrey Immelt, who doesn’t mind signing on with Obama for the green, but now leaks that he’s not happy with Obama’s fiscal fecklessness!

Poor Jeffrey; he was born with a silver spoon out of both sides of his mouth.

As one commenter opined:

YOU LAY DOWN WITH DOGS, YOU GET UP WITH FLEAS, JEFF.

Just so. I hear the world’s smallest violin playing as I read this story:

Friends describe Immelt as privately dismayed that, even after three years on the job, President Obama hasn’t moved to the center, but instead further left. The GE CEO, I’m told, is appalled by everything from the president’s class-warfare rhetoric to his continued belief that big government is the key to economic salvation.

Or, as one friend recently put it to me, “Jeff thought he could make a difference, and now realizes he couldn’t.”

Immelt’s conversion from public Obama supporter to a private detractor is important: It shows how even businessmen who feast off his subsidies worry about his overall economic agenda and its long-term impact on the economy.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/bam_angry_adviser_YOANZQkGODYVqFDAsI9LjP#ixzz1pfAFvGhT

mountainaires on March 20, 2012 at 9:28 AM

You’re all outraged because of what you imagine hypothetical people would say if a hypothetical Republican laughed at this. Come on. Live in the now.

cjw79 on March 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Tom Hanks is a slut.

Vince on March 20, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Where’s Libtard4life telling us “Nothing here folks, move along”?

itsspideyman on March 20, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Ok, is it me or has NOBODY picked up on the person in black face holding a baby monkey with a ribbon in it’s hair???

HarryStar on March 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

My Sharia Moor on March 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Seriously, your link to “blackpeopleloveus” doesn’t work. Ed, who let this in and can we hammer it?

Lightswitch on March 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

If you voted for Obama you can’t be racist, just like if you are pro abortion, you can’t be misogynist. If you are pro gay marriage, you can’t be homophobic and if you opposed the Iraq war, you can’t be islamophobic. If you spout global warming BS, your own carbon footprint is moot and if you call for higher taxes, it doesn’t matter what you pay in taxes. If you manage to accomplish all of these, you’ll probably get tenure.

trubble on March 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I always wondered during 2008 cycle why gorilla jokes were a taboo while age- and senility-themed jokes were all the rage. If not for the double standards socialists would have none, would they?

Archivarix on March 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Um… really? You always wondered that? That says a lot about you, none of it good.

cjw79 on March 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Eh, big deal.

Dante on March 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

“I call Libya rules!”
 
- Tom Hanks

rogerb on March 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

After watching this, this is really gross.

itsspideyman on March 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Hanks won an Oscar for Forrest Gump didn’t he?

Maybe he wasn’t acting.

Dr Evil on March 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

This is exactly the kind of stuff the slimestreamers go and dig out of the pasts of conservatives but if Fox News or any other right-leaning news services or blogs find “old” footage of liberals, well, that’s old stuff it has nothing to do with who they are now, except Hanks sure seems to have changed.

stukinIL4now on March 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Robert Byrd would have laughed.

Bishop on March 20, 2012 at 9:35 AM

ED,

You still need a thread on what happened at Missouri caucus on saturday.

gerrym51 on March 20, 2012 at 9:35 AM

“Tom would be the first to scream ‘racist’ if a conservative put their arm around a ‘Wall Street Banker’ in blackface while their co-emcee made racists remarks,” she said. “He’s a hypocrite.”

That pretty much sums up every “progressive” a-hole in Hollywood.

cicerone on March 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I would love to get to the place that we just look at this as lousy comedy, yet as long we have to deal with faux outrage over occasional poor choices of words by conservatives or being accused of imagined “code words” of racism by progressive moralists, I am going to be hoisting them up on the standard of their own petard.

I think we are going to be hoisting them on their own petard for a long time. The moralistic progressive hypocrites are still blissfully unaware.

mwbri on March 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Obviously, this is a heavily edited video.

SouthernGent on March 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Um… really? You always wondered that? That says a lot about you, none of it good.

cjw79 on March 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

What? Obama is an ape, and so are you and me. You have a problem with that?

Archivarix on March 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Wow. That is offensive, and of course if any Republicans had been involved they wouldn’t have heard the end of it. The hypocrisy and double standards of the Left know no bounds.

And Tom Hanks ought to be ashamed of himself. In spite of his politics I respected him as an actor, but that’s getting harder and harder to do.

changer1701 on March 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Eh, big deal.

Dante on March 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Typical…

cicerone on March 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Hey Libs, you invented this stupid political correctness game. Now reap what you sow.

Tom Hanks in a blackface skit. Careful, or Liberal racism will leak out, the way Liberal misogyny was revealed over Fluke.

EMD on March 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM

What? Obama is an ape, and so are you and me. You have a problem with that?

Archivarix on March 20, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Not at all. I was referring to your obvious subtext.

cjw79 on March 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Look…..over there!!!!!
Rush called a Fluck a slut…

Electrongod on March 20, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Friends describe Immelt as privately dismayed that, even after three years on the job, President Obama hasn’t moved to the center, but instead further left. The GE CEO, I’m told, is appalled by everything from the president’s class-warfare rhetoric to his continued belief that big government is the key to economic salvation.

and the fact that O is trying to tax overseas American companies. (Not funny when it’s you who gets thrown under the bus Jeffy).

askwhatif on March 20, 2012 at 9:39 AM

On one hand, I think people get way too sensitive about comedy routines, and taking the outrageous outrage to the level of a school fundraiser doesn’t seem healthy for anyone.

You’re kidding, right?
Imagine if a college frat house pulled this comedy routine. They’d be disbanded and their charter would be permanently banned.

billy on March 20, 2012 at 9:39 AM

I’m a bit torn on this. On one hand, I think people get way too sensitive about comedy routines, and taking the outrageous outrage to the level of a school fundraiser doesn’t seem healthy for anyone.

Conservatives didn’t write the rules of the PC game.

BobMbx on March 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Brietbart is smiling.

Wethal on March 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Forrest Gump called. He’s saying that the actor who played him had to fake being smart & intelligent to pull it off.

22044 on March 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

[Comment deleted, user banned -- Ed]

My Sharia Moor on March 20, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Thank you so much, Ed.

Lightswitch on March 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Why did it take 8 years for this to show up?

ButterflyDragon on March 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Tom Hanks: America is Overcoming Racism, ‘It’s Just Taking an Awfully Long Time’

Yep, and these skits of yours are helping to push America towards a truly race-blind society, Tommy ol’ boy.

Bishop on March 20, 2012 at 9:43 AM

You are clearly forgetting the lib rules: Comedians who make misogynistic remarks or jokes (and I guess we have to add racial remarks or jokes) who donate don’t count.

Southgirl on March 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

From Wikipedia:

Psychological projection or projection bias is a psychological defense mechanism where a person subconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, usually to other people. Thus, projection involves imagining or projecting the belief that others originate those feelings.

For example, acting racist while calling others racist.

itsnotaboutme on March 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Hey Libs, you invented this stupid political correctness game. Now reap what you sow.

Libs revel in rhetoric. They don’t think of consequences.
That’s what they blame others for.

askwhatif on March 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

pretty bad taste if you ask me. Buttttt, if you or I did it, then it’d be a big effin’ deal.

ted c on March 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Houston, we have a problem.

ted c on March 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

[Comment deleted, user banned -- Ed]

My Sharia Moor on March 20, 2012 at 9:20 AM
Thank you so much, Ed.

Lightswitch on March 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Ditto.

RedinPDRM on March 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Eh, big deal.

Dante on March 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

How’s that Ron Paul newsletter treating you.

As for this video. Despicable. What *is it* with white people and blackface and brownface. I’ve been on so many college campuses where the latest scandal is that some fraternity or sorority hosted a blackface “gin n juice” party or “taco night” where everyone put on tanner and sombreros, or the brownface mascots like (former) Chief Illiniwek.

Dear white America,
My skin is not your costume. My people are not caricatures for you to play dress-up in. Good lord, and we wonder why George Zimmerman is a free man. When you dehumanize a group of people into a costume you can do *anything* to them. Including getting away with murder. Oh and to sharrukin, more evidence has surfaced that Zimmerman pursued and stalked Trayvon.

libfreeordie on March 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

[Comment deleted, user banned -- Ed]

My Sharia Moor on March 20, 2012 at 9:20 AM
Thank you so much, Ed.

Lightswitch on March 20, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Ditto.

RedinPDRM on March 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

What did he say?

cjw79 on March 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

More HYPOCRISY:

Read the whole thing!

Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Citizens United v. FEC in 2010, hyper-partisan liberal Democrats like Sen. Charles Schumer have sought to reverse the decision’s removal of limits on corporate spending in politics. Schumer would thus deny freedom of political speech to millions of Americans who choose to speak collectively as corporate shareholders. He claims only to be worried about the allegedly corrupting influence of corporate money on politics.

Funny, Schumer never talks about the corrupting influence of union money on politics, which is anything but inconsequential.

As the Weekly Standard’s Mark Hemingway pointed out recently, “since 1989, 12 of the top 20 donors to political campaigns have been unions. Unions spent over $400 million on elections in 2008, and nearly every penny went to Democrats. They spent over $200 million in 2010, and the single largest donor in that election was the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, which spent $87.5 million. AFSCME has already pledged $100 million for the upcoming election.”

http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2012/03/obama-henchmen-boosting-big-labor-bosses-again/387496

mountainaires on March 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Lessons in liberal hypocrisy and double standards #5,847,398.

HumpBot Salvation on March 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Make them live up to the rules they made.

Grunt on March 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Well I’m sure they were just trying to out any republicans in the crowd. Hanks is just too stupid to get what was happening.

Seriously, I have a leftist friend that always uses the ‘n’ word around me trying to get me to chuckle so he can use that as proof of my racism.

And yes, commie4life is sleeping on the job. New thread troll!

bernverdnardo1 on March 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Why did it take 8 years for this to show up?

ButterflyDragon on March 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM

My guess is because the person involved who had the video — this being Hollywood — likely bought into the “Evil Bush” meme during the 2004 election when this incident occurred, and if so probably bought into Hope & Change in 2008 (or at the very least, wasn’t mad enough at the Democrats at either time to make a cause celeb out of this).

Obama’s actions as president, and Hanks’ unwavering support to the point of being perfectly fine with financing the demonization of Obama’s opponents, are probably what pushed the owner of the video over the edge to the point they’d leak it to The Daily Caller. I doesn’t bode well for Team Obama if other supporters or swing voters out there are currently having the same emotions.

jon1979 on March 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM

taking the outrageous outrage to the level of a school fundraiser doesn’t seem healthy for anyone

Alinsky’s Rule 4: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.

This is exactly the sort of thing we need to hammer them with. The left has set the standards, now let them live by them.

My daughter was horrified by what Rush said about Sandra Fluke – she was getting her info from KOS, TPM, & Media Matters (via her leftist husband) and the Daily Show. When I told her Louis C.K.’s “retard making c***” comment about Palin, and a few of Bill Maher’s “jokes” about conservative women, she was mad and her trust in those leftist sources of info was diminished. And that was the point – next time the left cranks up the outrageous outrage against the right, they’ll both think twice.

Laura Curtis on March 20, 2012 at 9:51 AM

There is nothing here. The Left (who hate stereotypes) are using stereotypical humor to show how inclusive they are and how they are nothing like us. (the stereotypical us)
It’s a giggle a minute.
“No, we are not relations, sir”

Ufdaubet on March 20, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Why did it take 8 years for this to show up?

ButterflyDragon on March 20, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Reportedly the person who filmed this grew tired of Hanks’ recent hyperpartisanship and decided to leak this video. In other words, if Hanks had just kept his mouth shut and stuck to simply cutting checks for the Democrat Party, no one would’ve ever seen this.

Doughboy on March 20, 2012 at 9:51 AM

cjw79 on March 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I’ve never heard of him
It must have been pretty bad because banning doesn’t happen very often.

22044 on March 20, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Make them live up to the rules they made.

Racism is bad.
Grunt on March 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM

I’ll correct you once, but you’re on your own to demonstrate you have a soul next time.

libfreeordie on March 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM

I’m a bit torn on this. On one hand, I think people get way too sensitive about comedy routines,

Nope. No two ways about it. There was nothing funny about this. If you don’t believe me, ask Ted and Whoopi Danson.

Laura in Maryland on March 20, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Hey Libs, you invented this stupid political correctness game. Now reap what you sow.

EMD on March 20, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Exactly …

“The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.” – Saul Alinsky

Lost in Jersey on March 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

The sad thing is that this is only the second most embarrassing video that Hanks has been involved with this month…

otisframpton on March 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I’m a bit torn on this.

I’m not. “Rules for Radicals: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.”

They want to scream RAAAAAAACCCCIST!!! at every turn, then we scream it right back. Especially when we have the video to prove it and shine bright sunlight on their hipocrisy.

Dominion on March 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I believe that it is a good rule of thumb to say that if your “skit” involves a white man dressing in an afro wig, a leopard print toga and blackface, you’ve pretty much crossed the line of good taste.

The hypocrisy is when a bunch of Hollywood liberals just sit there and watch. I honestly think I’d walk out if I were at an event where such a “skit” was being performed.

Happy Nomad on March 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Laura Curtis on March 20, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Beat me to it … I need to refresh more before posting.

Lost in Jersey on March 20, 2012 at 9:55 AM

I would have been torn about this except it was the left that changed the rules of engagement. There was a time we could all laugh at this kind of silliness for the sake of raising a few bucks. The left made it all taboo. Johnny Carson, Don Rickles… would never survive today without daily apologies for stuff that was meant in fun.

So, the left now can reap what it has sown. Nothing is funny anymore and that’s that. No more teasing, no nothing. When I think of the stuff we guys would say to each other as jokes and then run off to class still brothers, still buddies… I have to wonder, “What in Hell happened?”

Then I remember: oh, yeah, the left and PC. So, suck it up, lefties.

princetrumpet on March 20, 2012 at 9:55 AM

What did he say?

cjw79 on March 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

It’s not worth repeating. Let it suffice to say that it was crude and contributed absolutely nothing to the discussion.

RedinPDRM on March 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I’m not offended, these people aren’t perfect or our moral arbitrators. The sooner they figure that out, the happier everyone will be.

Cindy Munford on March 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Niger Innis wasn’t laughing, either. The national spokesman of Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) called the skit “an orchestrated, heinous, and racist ‘Stepin Fetchit’ routine,” and demanded that Team Obama remove Hanks from their documentary’s narration.

Niger Innis was being interviewed on a cable network (about 6 or 8 years ago). They had his name in the crawl under the picture. There was a typo in his first name. Instead of “Niger,” the crawl had an extra “g.”

Uh-oh.

Niger Innis could have made a national incident out of this. Instead, he accepted the network’s apology and their assurance that it was an accident. His reaction was, “Drop it, people. Let it go.”

I liked his reaction. It spoke volumes about the man.

I am not sure which network it was. I assume it was Fox: it isn’t like I watch much CNN or MSNBC.

HeatSeeker2011 on March 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Eh, as long as Tom Hanks is on board with the “Black people are too stupid to get a simple ID” meme, everything will be cool.

MNHawk on March 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

RE: I’m a bit torn on this.

Saul Alinsky -
“Always remember the rules of power tactics:
The fourth rule is: Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules.

…the eighth rule: Keep the pressure on.”

albill on March 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

What did he say?

cjw79 on March 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Inquiring minds want to know. Just a summary of of the stupidity would be fine.

I’m a bit torn on this.

I tend to agree because I detest the PC garbage as well. But in this particular case we use the Alinsky rule against them that says you make your opponent live by their own rules. Rub the left’s noses in it because Hanks has become a political figure.

NotCoach on March 20, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Beat me to it … I need to refresh more before posting.

Lost in Jersey on March 20, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Happens to me all the time. :-) But anyway, it’s worth repeating. We need to get past the idea of treating the left as honorable opponents and instead start treating them exactly the way they treat conservatives.

Laura Curtis on March 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Has anyone ever seen the video of the Eagles “Hell Freezes Over” or we need more money tour? At one point they are recording with an orchestra and Don Henley is b!tching and moaning because it sounds to white. I bet it would be hilarious to be a fly on the wall with liberals in their natural habitat.

Cindy Munford on March 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Eh, big deal.

Dante on March 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Not surprising coming from a Paulbot.

katy the mean old lady on March 20, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I’m as sickened (and, since he stars in one of my favorite inspirational pics of all time, “Apollo XIII,” heartsick) over Tom Hanks’ blatant partisanism in the era of Obama as most conservatives, but I think this one is a bit of a reach – especially to “demand” that his voice over narration of the propOganda “documentary” be recut.

Seems it would be easier to comb through his myriad appearances as an “SNL” host to find some truly off color (no pun intended) skit in which he participated, or start declaring that his years on “Bosom Buddies” made him insensitive to cross-dressers.

Captain Scarlet on March 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM

As for this video. Despicable. What *is it* with white people and blackface and brownface. I’ve been on so many college campuses where the latest scandal is that some fraternity or sorority hosted a blackface “gin n juice” party or “taco night” where everyone put on tanner and sombreros, or the brownface mascots like (former) Chief Illiniwek.

Dear white America,
My skin is not your costume. My people are not caricatures for you to play dress-up in. Good lord, and we wonder why George Zimmerman is a free man. When you dehumanize a group of people into a costume you can do *anything* to them. Including getting away with murder. Oh and to sharrukin, more evidence has surfaced that Zimmerman pursued and stalked Trayvon.

libfreeordie on March 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

No kidding. I remember how upset and offended you were when the Wayans brothers made and released “White Chicks,” and how you said the same things about Eddie Murphy’s skit on SNL.

Dante on March 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Am I the only one not hearing the audio? There’s a music type intro and then nothing. I’ve gone to the DC website and it’s the same there.

In the interests of full disclosure, I’m pretty stupid at times.

TugboatPhil on March 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I post here as “Jamie Gumm”. I post at Ace as “(Original, Famous) My Sharia Moor”.

Just for the record the “My Sharia Moor” that was banned here is not me. I had to change my nickname on Ace of Spades because someone else started using the “My Sharia Moor” handle that I HAD been using for a long time, and posting stuff I would never think or say.

So, this banned person is NOT me, and it is NOT the “(Famous, Original) My Sharia Moor” on Ace, which IS me.

jamie gumm on March 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Cindy Munford on March 20, 2012 at 10:01 AM

We have tickets to see the Eagles in May, paid for by friends who invited us to the concert. My husband is already biting his lip about going – loves the music but doesn’t want to hear their politics. I think he may not want to go at all after seeing this.

Brat on March 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM

jamie gumm on March 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Noted. On a side note, I grew up with Jim Gumm. He had brothers Bill, John and Rick.

TugboatPhil on March 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Using progressive logic, they will just blame DC and call them raaaaacist.

46blitz on March 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I don’t think our response as non-liberals should necessarily be to destroy Tom Hanks or have his voice-over removed from Obama’s video. The proper response is to expose Tom Hanks’ hypocrisy far and wide, laugh at him for being an ignorant Obama-supporter, and shame him. You can even playfully hold him to the same standard he’d hold a conservative in the same situation; decry him and mock him.

Tom Hanks is a particular strain of bad Hollywood, because many moderate “centrist” undecided voters look at Hanks as a safe, reasonable, and sober icon. And the truth is he’s as brain-dead as any lefty progressive whackadoo. People like Hanks are the worst because they have the sheen of being the moderate voices with no agenda. They allow accidents like Obama to happen.

shannon76 on March 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Dante on March 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM

ROFL

Laura Curtis on March 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Captain Scarlet on March 20, 2012 at 10:03 AM

The documentary of Apollo XIII is better.

NotCoach on March 20, 2012 at 10:14 AM

The proper response is to expose Tom Hanks’ hypocrisy far and wide, laugh at him for being an ignorant Obama-supporter, and shame him.

shannon76 on March 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

When people talk about what a great actor he is, I ask them if they’ve ever seen Bachelor Party. That would serve the same purpose here.

TugboatPhil on March 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Hypocrisy?

Why yes, yes it is.

I hope he’s brought down with it. People like him have done grave damage to this country full of celebrity worshipping idiots. Look what their side have tried to do to Rush. While he might have chosen his words poorly, at least his point was valid. This…this is just foul. And don’t get me wrong, I hate PC nonsense, but again, it’s the hypocrisy of it all. Petard…hoist!

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pannw on March 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

SLUT*s

jarhead0311 on March 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Let’s also not lose sight of the fact that

Frey is heard saying into his microphone: “This is as close to diversity as we’ll get at St. Matthew’s.”

This is the school Hanks supposedly sent his kid(s), right? Apparently, they don’t take too kindly to people of color at this 1%er school in Pacific Palisades.

I’m pretty sure Rick Perry was excoriated by the press for a painted-over rock on a ranch.

BKeyser on March 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM

jamie gumm on March 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Well that was a bit of a dirty trick. I’m sure those confused appreciate the explanation.

Cindy Munford on March 20, 2012 at 10:18 AM

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