Skip to comments.Ann Coulter Tweets: Please ‘Explain What Was Allegedly Offensive About DeNiro’s Joke’
Posted on 03/21/2012 9:58:59 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Its not unusual for conservative commentator Ann Coulter to tell women to stop playing the victim (and in some cases, rightfully so), but it was somewhat surprising to see the New York Times bestselling author defend The Godfather II star Robert DeNiros joke that the United States is not ready for another white first lady.
Can we please stop the fake offended routine? Pls explain what was allegedly offensive about DeNiros joke, Coulter tweeted Tuesday in the wake of Internet outrage over DeNiros wisecrack.
Coulter followed up with a retweet that provides us with a little more clarity: Its always a bad idea to imitate liberals. RT @TPCarney Its just conservatives trying to get offended [like] liberals always get.
DeNiro came under fire Tuesday when news outlets revealed that hed said at a recent New York fundraising event that its too soon for the U.S. to have another white FLOTUS:
Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?
Though the Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich campaign did not respond to my request for comment, Gingrich unloaded his beef with DeNiros statement later on in the day:
What De Niro said last night was inexcusable and the president should apologize for him. It was at an Obama fundraiser, it is exactly wrong, it divides the country.
Michelle Obama wasnt too pleased with DeNiros comment either, as her press secretarys response was, We believe the joke was inappropriate.
So the real question is, whose side are you on: Team Potential First Ladies or Team DeNiro?
Yup i could care less if she has a cheeseburger anymore
I agree with Ann.. It was a joke. A kind of a funny one as well.
I’m not a fan of the “offended” category. In fact, one of the very few things I disagreed with Sarah Palin about in the last two years was her attack on the use of the word “retarded”.
I think we should figure out what people actually MEAN by what they say, and be offended by that, not by mere words.
Anyway, Michelle Obama was offended. I think that should make conservatives think twice about whether we should be offended.
If I saw her eating a cheeseburger, I’d knock it out of her hand...
No, we won’t get over “pretending to be offended” until the Left does.
Use their own weapons against them.
I’ve never cared what DeNiro says, and now I don’t care what Ann Coulter says, either.
But I see Ann's point - if you want to find reasons to be perpetually offended, become a Democrat. They have much more practice at it!
I couldn’t care less about Deniro’s comments, but I love it when lefties get hoisted on their own petard, with the same language they use against conservatives.
I guess that makes me a partisan
I don’t think it was offensive. But I did see it as useful to try and make it offensive, so Liberals could draw away the attention from the contraceptive issue.
I think you have to have an agenda, or be dumb as a rock to not see this. Coulter can go to hell.
1) Foxworthy would never make such a "joke".
2) McCain (weak, spineless McCain) would have immediately disavowed the statement.
3) The media would have imploded with outrage.
DeNiro? "Is America ready for a white first lady?"
[shrug] He's just making a joke, right?
When we accept the double standard, we tell the world that we have no intention of fighting for what we believe in.
I have a better question for Ann. How does embarrassing a gay dude add up to potentially 10 years in prison? Or just ask that Indian kid in New Jersey.
DeNiro has had ‘ASS’ written all over him for a long time!
Replace “white” with “black” and ask again. I find it offensive in either case. The joke was meant to be offensive, otherwise it wouldn’t have been said.
What’s left of Ann to tell any ‘conservative’ how to think? It’s like...taking advice from Bill Maher on how to behave.
For Ann, anything Newt objects to MUST be all right.
I read that her book sales are down. I wonder if Romney threw some cash her way.
It is really easy -
what if senior had said, the white house is not ready for 4 more years with a black man in it.
What did you find funny about it? Please explain in detail because I don’t get it.
She’s absolutely right. It was a joke, not offensive in any way, and it made me chuckle slightly.
I grew up in Southern California. I was told by more than one person that if you see something on a TV or movie screen, it wasn’t accidental.
Those on the right who try to point by point the left fail because the fact is, the left is full of crap. When the left is offended by someone calling a woman a slut it is not because they give two craps about women or that there is no such thing as a slut or anything else. They just want to shut someone [Limbaugh] up. They want to instill a kneejerk reaction on the part of tuned out women to simply associate republican with mysogyny (same thing with racism).
The deNiro quote isn't offensive. The underlying message of racial division is ugly and works against everything the left claims to be for. An intellectual discussion about the racism of leftist cliche may be warranted but anyone who says they are offended, is either really weird, or more likely lying.
This is another reason why Hannity will never be as popular as Rush because Sean tries to point-by-point the leftists and quite frankly it just gets shrill. Rush uses absurdity to illustrate the absurd which is more often than not, quite entertaining.
Looks like you and I are alone here. Let’s go on record as saying that the joke wasn’t intended to demean white people in any way. What was funny about it (only slightly funny, IMO) was the use of irony. As Wiki puts it, “...a sharp incongruity or discordance that goes beyond the simple and evident intention of words...”
Kind of a shame to have to explain this.
Would you “chuckle” if Rush Limbaugh, Rick Santorum or Sean Hannity had said something similar about a black first lady? Better yet, do you think that the press, academia, nutroots, DNC, Hollywood and Media Matters would be chuckling? Or do you think they’d be going for the jugular? See? This is why we lose 97 out of 100 fights.
The problem is the double standard. Politically correct has come to mean and thing a conservative says is evil and the same type of comment from a liberal is just ignored.
This whole “joke” thing was an opportunity to beat the Left over the head with their own club.
Kind of a shame to have to explain this.
Yep, I’d chuckle, maybe even laugh. DeNiro’s joke was quite mild, highly reminiscent of 60s topical humor. No need for conservatives to have the same kind of thin skin as liberals.
But the other thing, 2DV, is that if it was about a black first lady, it wouldn’t be ironic or funny at all! Rush, Hannity, etc., need a different gag entirely.
No, you need a better club. This is more like a feather. Get it?
I thought it was not in the least bit funny.
Funny would be saying, “Is this country ready for another REPUBLICAN First Lady”—then, hah-hahs all around. After all, he mentioned the wives of the GOP candidates.
But DeNiro went further and injected race into it, specifically saying “ is the country ready for another WHITE First Lady?
Race has nothing to do with the event or the theme of the joke.
But DeNiro made it so.
If the race polarities were reversed I cannot even imagine the setting that this would ever be uttered.
I was offended because it is a racial joke, against white people. And I’m doubly offended because I am Italian like DeNiro, who should know better.
The only thing worse would be if Chris Rock said it.
Ann has already jumped ten sharks. Ann, we hardly knew ye.
I hear you. I just don’t agree with you. To make every single little tiny thing into some sort of battle just makes one look silly.
I found DeNiro’s attempt at humor neither funny or insightful. Not offensive either unless you are in the business of politically correct posturing as liberals are. The word “cheesy” comes to mind.
“To make every single little tiny thing into some sort of battle just makes one look silly.”
Failure to do so when that’s exactly what your relentless opponents do makes one a loser.
Your analogy sucks.
Look. It’s one thing to justly respond when a left wing jerk makes foul, abusive, unwarranted comments about conservative individuals. It’s quite another to make a big hairy deal over comments a la Tom Leher or Mark Russell.
The losers are those who look petty and humorless.
A joke based on skin color is a racist joke. This was reverse racism pointed at crackers and honkies... this is not rocket science.
You’re kidding, right? It was a joke from a white actor. STOP FINDING CRAP WHERE NONE EXISTS. We have enough problems than obsessing over a comment from an actor, for God’s sake.
“The losers are those who look petty and humorless.”
See #44. I don’t find racist humor funny.
Hmmmmmmm. That might be true. But your explanation for why my analogy "sucks" is ... lacking.
This was not racist humor (although I do enjoy an occasional racial or ethnic joke).