Yes, I tortured myself and watched this fool on CNN. I went into it with really low expectations and found that Hughley managed to fall below the already low bar that I had set for him. Just listening to his opening monologue where he engaged in ridiculous stereotypes to infer that Obama isn't "black enough" was torturous. Guess what DL, unlike yourself some black people are educated and even articulate...oops, I should not use big words and Hughley in the same sentence.
I personally would like to know what CNN was thinking giving this fool his own show. Did they think that black people would be thrilled to hear him say that white people need to learn the black shopping habit of layaway, as he reminded us all that he makes more than 250K a year? Did they think that we needed yet another portrayal of a black man as a pimp, to help grow our cultural self esteem?
They go on and on about McCain not vetting Palin, but clearly they did not learn from his mistake, as no one vetted Hughley. Hey D.L, if you are the only one laughing and you have a live study audience, that is a huge indicator that you are not funny. I suspect that the next mystery to be decoded is if he will last longer than Chevy Chase did when they gave him his own show.
CNN I have to say that I am shocked. I thought that only FOX would hire a man that makes a living pushing racist social constructions and making sexist commentary. It must be CNN's new agenda to attract a self loathing, internalized racist, shuck and jive dancing, chicken wing eating, watermelon sucking group of people. In a time when African Americans are daily being assaulted by racism, putting a black man on television that affirms these constructions only bolsters the claims that we are not capable of participating in a serious way in the global arena.
With all of the intelligent black men living in the U.S, other than maintaining white hegemony I fail to see what purpose putting Hughley on the air at such a critical time could serve. There are no other CNN personalities with Hughleys educational background; and therefore his sudden appearance on air smacks of pandering to the "fringe" element that support McCain who are traditionally viewers of networks like FOX.
I have already given this man more space than he is deserving of. It is my hope that before Hughley can inflict significant damage on black reporters, entertainers, intelligentsia, and politicians, someone will have the good sense to hit the mute button. If the only thing that he could get right in the hour that they gave him to blather on, is that he and Palin are on the same intellectual level when it comes to political discourse; it should only be a matter of time before we start seeing Hughley sketches on SNL.