After the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the academy went out of its way to showcase black people at the Oscars, Larry Wilmore noted on his Comedy Central show last night. “I’m just saying they pulled out ‘the black,’ people. But even as they tried to call out racism, THIS still happened.” The web site Total Beauty tweeted out a photo of Whoopi Goldberg with the caption: “We had no idea Oprah was tatted. Love it!”
“Hell, even the people at the web site AllBlackPeopleLookAlike.com can tell the difference between” the two globally famous women, snarked Wilmore, who will be the featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April.
“Anyway, since we’re talking about bigotry, we have to mention Donald Trump,” Wilmore said, pivoting to another big Sunday controversy: Trump’s refusal to condemn David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan on CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday Beltway show. The former Klan kaptain endorsed the GOP frontrunner on Friday.
“Sorry everyone,” Wilmore said. “I don’t want to give him any more oxygen. That’s not a euphemism, by the way. I mean it literally. Somebody get me the pillow they used to kill [Supreme Court Justice Antonin] Scalia and I’ll do it — I’ll do it!” he said, then demonstrated. “I could get in trouble for that, actually!” Wilmore added, sheepishly, as the audience laughed.
Though last Friday, when asked about Duke’s endorsement, Trump shrugged and said, “I disavow, okay?” on Sunday Trump declined to condemn Duke and the white supremacist group, explaining he was not familiar with either. Most TV news outlets covering have included video of Trump having, in the past, condemned both the man and the Klan. Yesterday’s TV News Cycle Conventional Wisdom went with Trump having not wanted to make any statement on Sunday that might lose him the white supremacist vote two days later – aka Super Tuesday. Super Tuesday includes voting/caucusing in Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, among other states. Wilmore’s Nightly Show explained that theory last night: Trump was “race baiting” his way to an expected GOP domination of Super Tuesday, with a “Make America Hate Again” campaign strategy.
In the span of time between Tapper’s show and Wilmore’s imaginary Trump-smothering, a lot has happened. Duke has come out insisting he’s not a white supremacist, rather a “human rights activist,” Trump’s wife, Melania, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper her husband is not a racist because he has disavowed Duke “many times” in the past. Fox News Channel’s primetime star Bill O’Reilly has dismissed the controversy as a “non story,” but FNC’s rival primetime star Megyn Kelly has announced O’Reilly doesn’t get to make that call. And Trump has said he was the victim of a lousy ear-piece provided by CNN for the interview with Tapper, in which the two men spoke from different locations.
Happy Super Tuesday!