I would say that this tirade is just a teensy bit racist, but the man delivering it is a Democratic representative from Wisconsin, so by party affiliation he’s technically incapable of any kind of actual, overt racism, at least according to what I’ve been taught by the media that trained me.
Anyway, I’ll just post this video of Rep. Mark Pocan addressing the Wisconsin Democratic state party convention this past weekend and you can decide for yourself whether his overwrought joke about House of Cards casting the Republican Presidential contenders is racially insenstitive and not funny or just racially insensitive.
“In fact, it is going to be so entertaining, in fact, I heard that Netflix is going to create a House of Cards special series just on the 2016 primary. It’s going to be called House of Cards: Jokers Gone Wild…
“Alright, lets, if we could, our first one, Kevin from The Office as Governor Mike Huckabee. Next, Will Ferrell from The Campaign as Governor Rick Perry, but now, don’t forget, you got to put glasses on him because now he’s smart. Next, Grandpa Munster as Senator Ted Cruz. That is really really scarily eerily similar. Ricky Ricardo from I Love Lucy as Senator Marco Rubio. Cruella de Vil as Carly Fiorina. Will Ferrell in a second role as Senator Paul Rand. Alright, George W. Bush as Governor Jeb Bush as George W. Bush. Alfred E. Neuman as Senator Lindsey Graham. Oh, now that’s not nice, Jabba the Hutt as Governor Chris Christie, who put that in there, who put that in there, that’s just not nice. Kenneth the Page from 30 Rock as Governor Bobby Jindal, and finally a pair of flip-flops as Governor Scott Walker.”
I feel like Rep. Pocan doesn’t realize he can’t cast fictional characters as other fictional characters. Also, some of these people are dead. And Grandpa Munster was way too cool to agree to reanimate and play Ted Cruz. He drove a funeral carriage tricked out as a hot rod. And Jabba the Hutt may look like Chris Christie, but Jabba has never attempted to squeeze into a pair of baseball uniform pants so tight you can see his spleen.
The real problem is Ricky Ricardo. I’m not sure the connection except that both Ricardo and Rubio are, at least by heritage, Cuban. The 1950s were rife with overwrought stereotypes and Ricardo played up his accent and his Cuban-ness for an audience that still thought racially-charged performances based on incorrect assumptions about minority cultures were hilarious. I’m sure Rep. Pocan thinks we’ve moved beyond that, because if he doesn’t, he just made Wisconsin’s progressive movement even more reprehensible, and that’s hard to do considering they’re currently allowing Bernie Sanders to masquerade as something other than a real-life version of a troll doll.
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