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Some guy named Tommy Christopher (is he the AOL writer who pretended to be John King to get on a call with John McCain so he could harass McCain?) has looked at my post on Chip Saltsman and come away convinced he must obfuscate the facts.
He quotes me thusly:
The columnist, an African-American, came up with the term and Rush Limbaugh had Paul Shanklin sing it in Al Sharpton’s voice. In the twenty years of Rush Limbaugh’s show, I venture to say there has never been a funnier parody.
There is absolutely nothing racist about the song, but the race baiters of the world love to think there is.
Then he writes:
He’s only about 100% wrong. First of all, the columnist did not come up with the term, something he would know if he had read the column.
Second, and most damningly, the song is not sung in Al Sharpton’s voice, or anything even close. Shanklin, a white “satirist,” sings the inflammatory ditty in the voice of an offensive, stereotypical caricature that sounds nothing like Sharpton. It is a pure minstrel show. Media types and Democrats may have been cowed into allowing this kind of thinly fig-leaved thing to fly, but that doesn’t make it any less foul.
I suspect this guy, who thinks I haven’t read the column in question, has not actually listened to either the song in question or much Rush Limbaugh to get it.
First of all, the columnist did not come up with the term, something he would know if he had read the column.
The column is here. Yeah, the columnist “did not come up with the term,” but he did for purposes of the song. Rush Limbaugh was inspired by the title of the guy’s column to have the song drafted. So in that sense, the guy came up with the term. The title of his column is “Obama the ‘Magic Negro’.” I’d venture to say that the majority of Americans who have heard the term had not until David Ehrenstein wrote his column.
On the other point,
the song is not sung in Al Sharpton’s voice, or anything even close. Shanklin, a white “satirist,” sings the inflammatory ditty in the voice of an offensive, stereotypical caricature that sounds nothing like Sharpton.
This AOL guy clearly has never listened to Rush Limbaugh and perhaps should stop pulling stuff out of his rectum to write about things he knows not.
1. For more than a decade, Rush Limbaugh has had ongoing parodies of Al Sharpton. They are all voiced by Shanklin in the same sound.
2. Rush introduced the song originally “as sung by Al Sharpton.”
3. There are various references in the song to it being by Al Sharpton.
4. Perhaps if the guy got over his outrage he’d recognize that Shanklin does a pretty good impression of Sharpton. Much as a caricature artist highlights particular aspects of a person’s face or persona in drawing a face, some vocal impressionists highlight various verbal ticks, pronunciations, etc. in doing vocals. Shanklin gets it perfect for Sharpton.
Maybe the AOL guy is confused because, in the song, Al is singing via a bull horn, compounding the parody.
I am used to hyperbolic lefties feeling compelled to write in an outraged manner about things to express how offended they are. But generally they try to write with a basic understanding of the facts at hand — a standard you’d think AOL would employ in its attempt to be a credible organization.
Funny: the AOL Political Machine’s motto is “cranking 24/7 to sort the spin.” By “sort the spin,” they must mean “provide boiler plate lefty talking points” because there really is nothing original or accurate in this guy’s write up.