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The vigilant PC watchdogs of MSNBC took a 60-second break from fretting about racism to ring in Cinco de Mayo. An early morning host honored Mexico’s proud victory over the French by stumbling around the studio in a sombrero, shaking maracas and taking a swig from a cheap bottle of tequila.
¡Ay, carumba! Surprising no one, an even more vigilant group of PC watchdogs took MSNBC to task.
The network said Tuesday the interlude on its “Way Too Early” show Monday featuring correspondent Louis Burgdorf and host Thomas Roberts wasn’t intended to be disrespectful. The show apologized online and will express its regret Wednesday on the air.
Hugo Balta, president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, says it was abominable that the segment was done by a news organization. He says it feeds “the ignorant misconceptions of a rich and proud people who unfortunately are too often portrayed as caricatures to be scoffed at.”
Like Stephen Colbert being blasted for his “ching chong” jokes, progressives are increasingly being attacked by the outrage lobbies they empowered. A few months ago, black and feminist activists demanded that “Saturday Night Live” add an African-American female to the cast. Lorne Michaels sheepishly granted their request, but now finds his reliably liberal show in even more hot water.
A “Saturday Night Live” sketch joking about slavery — written by one of the show’s recently hired black female writers — has ignited an online backlash. But comedian Leslie Jones — who made her debut Saturday night for a segment on the news-show parody “Weekend Update” — refused to apologize for her controversial bit, calling her critics “self-righteous.”
The sketch, “No. 1 Slave Draft Pick,” opened with Jones discussing People magazine’s choice of Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o as the cover girl for its “World’s Most Beautiful” issue.
Jones joked about her own lack of love life — but added that in the days of slavery, her sturdy frame would have gotten plenty of attention.
…Ebony.com editor Jamilah Lemieux tweeted her disgust: “This Leslie Jones person is an embarrassment … I’m so appalled right now.” …She later took to Ebony.com to further berate Jones in an essay, saying she minimalized the brutality experienced by black women during slave days.
MSNBC and Mr. Michaels can prevent future offenses by submitting all jokes to the Red Comedic Subcommittee of the Revolutionary Workers Council for full review prior to broadcast.