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Personally, I don't mind using race or other stereotypes for the sake of humor. I believe that I can tell the difference between someone who is genuinely racist and someone who is not. However, I do mind when someone tries to use racial humor, and it is in very poor taste.
Fuck political correctness.
My line with ethnic jokes is if the majority of the group being referenced would think the joke was humorous. I've seen Jewish people laugh at and tell slightly inappropriate Jewish jokes, and think about those comedies like made by directors like Tyler Perry: They are quite stereotypical in their humor (Old Black Grandma jokes!) but many black people go see them and enjoy them.
The jingle about Barack Obama being a "negro" was not funny and offensive.
Barack the Magic Negro Lyrics Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C. The L.A. Times, they called him that Â‘Cause heÂ’s not authentic like me. Yeah, the guy from the L.A. paper Said he makes guilty whites feel good TheyÂ’ll vote for him, and not for me Â‘Cause heÂ’s not from the hood. See, real black men, like Snoop Dog, Or me, or Farrakhan Have talked the talk, and walked the walk. Not come in late and won! Oh, Barack the Magic Negro, lives in D.C. The L.A. Times, they called him that Â‘Cause heÂ’s black, but not authentically. Oh, Barack the Magic Negro, lives in D.C. The L.A. Times, they called him that Â‘Cause heÂ’s black, but not authentically. Some say BarackÂ’s Â“articulateÂ” And bright and new and Â“clean.Â” The media sure loves this guy, A white interloperÂ’s dream! But, when you vote for president, Watch out, and donÂ’t be fooled! DonÂ’t vote the Magic Negro in Â– Â‘Cause Â— Â’Cause I wonÂ’t have nothing after all these years of sacrifice And I wonÂ’t get justice. This is about justice. This isnÂ’t about me, itÂ’s about justice. ItÂ’s about buffet. I donÂ’t have no buffet and there wonÂ’t be any church contributions, And thereÂ’ll be no cash in the collection plate. There ainÂ’t gonna be no cash money, no walkinÂ’ around money, no phoning money. Now, Barack going to come in here and ........
Fuck political correctness.Thank you, that was very enlightening. You have greatly added to the discussion.
When you get right down to it the "Magic Negro" is very much pro-Obama. It casts him in a very positive light when you consider who the target audience is that will hear the song.