Yes, You Are Racist

Roseanne Barr has made her first TV appearance since her Ambien breakdown. On Fox News Entertainment no less. During this interview we heard the classic lines from someone who isn’t really sorry for their actions — “I’m sorry you feel harmed”, “This cost me everything”, “I feel like I have apologised.”

I’m only writing about her today because it beats writing about the other TV star who makes racially charged comments on a bi-monthly basis (although I bet I do anyway) the one who sits in the highest office in the land. Which is a good time to remind everyone that I want to write about TV and TV personalities every morning, but they all keep getting themselves involved in politics. Sometimes I think this blog in 2020 will have titles like:

“Is Snagglepuss Really a Feminist?”

“Norman Reedus: On the Campaign Trail”

“Ellen the Not-so Generous: TV and Capitalism”

Of course, I now want to write all of those pieces.

Something Barr said in her TV interview really stood out to me, and that was:

“I’m not a racist and the people who voted for Trump, they’re not racist either, and Trump isn’t a racist, sorry.”

I will agree with her on one point — not everyone who voted for Trump is a racist. It’s the whole not all birds are ostriches, but all ostriches are birds kind of deal. You know, that famous saying. There are people who voted for Trump because they wanted a shakeup, or because they thought he reflected Christian values (lol), so yes, there are plenty of Trump voters who aren’t racist.

But if you are a racist then you definitely did vote for Trump. Why? Because he’s a racist, and people like to vote for candidates they identify with.

Let’s get some evidence in here, straight from the horses mouth from over the years. I’ve had to keep it to three quotes, because racism is a mainstay of his language.

“I think sometimes a black may think they don’t have an advantage or this and that. I’ve said on one occasion, even about myself, if I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I really believe they do have an actual advantage.” (1989)

“I’m calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” (2015)

“Very fine people.” (When speaking of the white nationalists who marched in 2017)

These are just his words. As a NY real estate mogul, he made it more difficult for black and hispanic citizens to purchase property. As a TV celebrity he constantly claimed that Barack Obama was not born in America, he never questioned Bill Clinton’s place of birth for some reason. And as a president he knowingly falsifies crime statistics at rallies, in order to make minority communities appear more dangerous.

So, TV’s Roseanne Barr, not all Trump supporters are racist, but the above words and actions are the behaviours of someone who is. Some people just don’t want to own it, because it means they’ll lose the votes of people who aren’t prejudiced, but who have their heads in the sand. Like ostriches!

ostrich

I’ve met people before who owned the label of racist, and were proud to say that’s exactly what they were. They’ve only ever been working-class, and despite the fact that I’ve fundamentally disagreed with their world-view, I’ve respected them more than middle and upper class people who pretend not to be racist, when their words and actions say otherwise.

That’s right, I’d respect you more, soon-to-be ‘YouTube’s Roseanne Barr’, if you just called yourself what you are.

Because the thing is — people who aren’t racist, they don’t even think of the kind of “jokes” that you’ve made. Those thoughts don’t even cross their mind. So the idea that (in your TV apology) you continue to blame the fact that you’d been drinking and you were on Ambien is ridiculous.

If you gave me some Ambien and a few beers I’d probably have a lot to say about the direction of the final season of Game of Thrones, or rant about how it doesn’t make any sense that people who’re pro-life are usually also venomously pro-gun. Like, I understand wanting to protect the life of an unborn child, that’s an argument that makes sense, but as soon as they’re born then screw ’em they can get shot? I just can’t wrap my head around it.

I need to clarify that I’ve only had a mug of coffee this morning.

This interview may have been Roseanne’s first TV appearance, but she posted some videos to her YouTube channel a week or so ago. In them she screams “I thought the bitch was white!” and claims that she was fired not because she is a racist, but because she voted for Donald Trump. Which is untrue.

She was fired for racist comments, and she remains fired because in all of her public statements she hasn’t once shouldered the blame, apologised and subsequently remained quiet. The fact that she voted for Trump, well, it goes back to the ostriches I’m afraid. She voted for him because she identifies with him, with the way he talks about people who aren’t white.

The way you vote can never cause you to lose your job — but the way you behave absolutely should.

Some wrestlers are saying Hulk Hogan did a similar thing in his locker-room apology, that he never shouldered the blame, and was just sorry that the tapes of his racist rants were released. Papa John, despite using slurs, still claims to both not be a racist and to be a purveyor of edible pizza. Trump will never take the blame for anything, and Roseanne has made her views clear.

There are a lot of older, white people who’re showing their true colours as of late, and they’re certainly not red, white or blue — three colours which should stand for the inclusion and acceptance of all. They’re just a kind of off-orange, a pinkish orange; The new colour of hatred.

trumporange

Today is Friday, July 27th and would a pet ostrich be a great idea, or a really terrible one? They seem angry.

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