Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Republican Bigotry -- Case #78,294

By Michael J.W. Stickings

(Well, I don't know what we're up to, but, well, it's up there.)

As HuffPo is reporting, South Carolina Republican and former head of the state elections commission (!) Rusty DePass recently made a "joke" about how an escaped gorilla must be one of Michelle Obama's ancestors.

Seriously. I'm not making this up.

In response, DePass issued this non-apology: "I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest."

As TNR's Michelle Cottle notes, this was just another lame "goodness-me-I-never-dreamed-anyone-would-be-so-delicate-as-to-be-offended-by-my-grosteque-behavior" apology.

Really? If he offended anyone? How fucking clueless, how fucking stupid, is this guy?


Compare this to Letterman's unnecessary (in my view) apology over his "bad" Palin joke. I realize that Letterman is a much, much bigger figure than DePass, and that he's a celebrity, but consider the differences here: Letterman is sincere, DePass isn't. Meanwhile, the right is all over Letterman but excuses far, far worse offences from within its own ranks, including outright bigotry.


Our own Mustang Bobby posted on the DePass "joke" yesterday over at his place, also making the Letterman connection. Check out his post here.

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