Well Tami, of What Tami Said definitely has the right to say to anyone that watches Chris Rocks latest HBO special I told you so. I don't know if Rock has suddenly become more ageist, sexist, fat phobic, and classist, or my understanding of isms has grown over the years. I know that I was not fond of how his last special because the last 40 minutes or so were dedicated to misogyny.
This time around not only was Chris decidedly unfunny there were times when he was downright offensive. I spent two hours listening to his infantile jocular humour trying desperately to stave off sleep. Had I paid for this, Chris would owe me a refund, as it is I am down two precious hours of my life that I could have spent with my children. That is two hours I could have spent cleaning my house, or feeding my sick addiction to reality tv. This special sucked so much shit that I don't think that even if you combined all of the weed I smoked in my pre parent days, that I could get high enough to have one honest to goodness pee till I almost wet myself laugh. The damn munchies would have gotten to me long before I was amused by a damn thing he said.
What I saw on that stage was not a man that is happy in his life. What I saw was a man who despite his successes and wealth, is decidedly unhappy. This time around what clearly came through is his pain. I don't know exactly what is troubling Chris, but Tami is right he needs to take his issues and run, not walk to the nearest therapy couch.
When he started talking about McCain and Obama I thought I was in for some succinct hard hitting commentary only to hear some tired old ageist garbage.
John McCain is 72 years old, he was to old ten years ago. John McCain is so old that he used to own Sidney Portier.
How are you going to make decisions about the future when you ain't gonna be here. He's old, the motherfuckers to old.
You see how he hired his nurse to be his vice president.
Right John McCain is too old to be useful. There are many things on which to critique McCain on, frankly the man is an easy fucking target, so why lower yourself to focusing on age, thus creating a whole group of people as other? You would think a stubborn bulldog, with grandiose ideas on American power, who has a penchant for calling his wife a cunt would open a myriad of opportunities for legitimate humour.
Well political commentary done..moving on to the next easy target, BLACK WOMEN. GODDAMN how many times are we supposed to sit there and laugh while black men display their hatred of us? Of the three standard stereotypes Rock went for the ABW (angry black woman). He went out of his way to praise Barack Obama but had no problem constructing Michelle as an ABW. He went as far as to suggest that if Barack were to win Michelle would turn him into cuckold.
Barack Obama really want to be the president he gotta get himself a white girl, cause a white girl will play her position. The black girl wanna play your position..You get you a white girl, she'll do exactly what you need her to do. And Black women get mad. As soon as y'all get a little money you want a white girl, actually before we get money.
When I hear the ABW shit from O'Reilly and his crew at FOX, I am offended but to hear this come out of the mouth of a black man just enrages me. Your mama is a black woman, you are married to a black woman and your two daughters are going to be black women you dumb ass. What kind of example are you setting as father by standing on a stage and loudly running down black women for profit. Just what two little black girls need, a father that does not value black women. Since you seem to love Barack so much why don't you try modelling some of the respect he has for his brilliant wife Michelle, and the two beautiful daughters they share..
As each minute of this "special" went on I became increasingly more irritated. Then he said it...he had the nerve to say it, and I think I popped a vein in my forehead when I heard it.
Pussy is like visa accepted everywhere. Next time you ain't got no cash say do you take pussy.
Now your precious daughters can learn that not only are they potential ABW's, they will also learn that the only thing that will be valuable about them when they reach adulthood is what is between their legs. It won't matter if they are intelligent, creative, caring, or beautiful, all that will be discounted because they have a vagina. The most disgusting thing about it is that they will have first have heard this pass from the lips of their father. From the mouth of the man that is supposed to love them unconditionally for a lifetime, they will learn that they have zero value.
I don't know whether or not to be more horrified by the spew spilling out of his ignorant mouth, or the fact that the audience was filled with people who found this funny. Men and woman alike sat there and guffawed loudly as Rock employed bigotry to minimize people. He was ageist, fat phobic, size phobic, classist, and sexist over the course of two hours. When will we as human beings ever decide that this kind of thing has no place in our world? When will we stop paying our hard earned money to affirm the acceptance of this kind of negativity? This wasn't two hours of comedy, this was two hours of noise pollution.