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NAACP seeks apology from Kinky Friedman
AP ^ | September 22, 2006

Posted on 09/22/2006 2:28:36 PM PDT by Shermy

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas chapter of the NAACP asked comedian and independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman on Friday to apologize for using a racial slur during a 1980 nightclub act in Houston.

NAACP President Gary Bledsoe said in a letter that Friedman's remarks "invoke the worst racial stereotypes about people of color."

Friedman's campaign did not immediately return a call seeking comment. On Thursday, the campaign issued a lengthy statement denying Friedman was a racist and explaining that he used comedy to lampoon bigotry. Friedman told The Associated Press the criticism was orchestrated by his political opponents.

Earlier this month, Friedman referred to Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Houston, most of whom are black, as "crackheads and thugs." He later criticized ethnic politicking by saying, "I don't eat tamales in the barrio, I don't eat fried chicken in the ghetto and I don't eat bagels with the Jews."

Then a television interview from a year ago resurfaced in which Friedman was asked what to do about sexual predators. He said: "Throw them in prison and throw away the key and make them listen to a Negro talking to himself."

On Thursday, a left-leaning political Web site posted an audio clip of Friedman telling a joke at a nightclub in 1980 in which he used the n-word.

On Friday, the same Web site posted two more audio clips of Friedman telling race-related jokes, one of which included the n-word.

Bledsoe told Friedman in the letter that he cannot brush aside his remarks as "politically incorrect," as he has in the past.

"That flimsy excuse reeks of insincerity," Bledsoe wrote.

In the November election, Friedman is competing with Republican Gov. Rick Perry, Democrat Chris Bell, independent Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Libertarian James Werner.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 1980; 2006election; dirtytricks; election2006; kinkyfriedman; pc; playtheracecard; politicalcorrectness; politicallycorrect; racebaiting; racialdivision; selfdestruct; smearcampaign; thoughtcrime; wordlolice
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1 posted on 09/22/2006 2:28:38 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy

I'm still waiting to see if they seek an apology from the United Negro College Fund.


2 posted on 09/22/2006 2:30:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: cripplecreek

So should he have used the term "colored people" since the NAACP still uses the term?


3 posted on 09/22/2006 2:32:51 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: cripplecreek

The Democratic and Republican party establishments are vying to see who can be more holier-than-thou.

Dems pulled the "Colored People" group out fast, in coordination. Shouldn't they lose their charity-tax status for that?


4 posted on 09/22/2006 2:32:58 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy
"Throw them in prison and throw away the key and make them listen to a Negro talking to himself."

That would be PURE TORTURE!

Send him to Gitmo.

5 posted on 09/22/2006 2:34:06 PM PDT by evad (sarcasm may be introduced at any moment of any post)
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To: cripplecreek

I guess I now have to quit eating Negro Beans, it's written on the can.


6 posted on 09/22/2006 2:34:11 PM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: Shermy

Didn't the NAACP work together with Ted Kennedy to stifle some of George W. Bush's judicial nominations?


7 posted on 09/22/2006 2:34:13 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Shermy

Crap, if this Kinky guy really stands up to the professional victim civil rights crowd, I'm going to vote for him instead of Perry. He is a refreshing change to the banal political correctness that infuses every politician.


8 posted on 09/22/2006 2:34:26 PM PDT by Elpasser
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To: Shermy

1980?

Wow.


9 posted on 09/22/2006 2:34:49 PM PDT by day10 (Whenever you come near the human race, there's layers and layers of nonsense.)
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To: Shermy

None of Kinky's statements come as a surprise to the Perry or Bell campaigns. They just are waiting to tank him when there is no time to recover.

Dredging up 1980 comedy routines? While Senator Byrd is still in office and still using the n-word to identify a group of people with NO joke or irony intended?


10 posted on 09/22/2006 2:36:14 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Shermy

It was pointed out on the local radio here in Austin that the "joke" was actually one making fun of bigotted rednecks. The NAACP likes to leave that fact out. I haven't heard the bigotted rednecks asking for an apology yet.


11 posted on 09/22/2006 2:37:34 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: Elpasser

He was just "smoked up" a bit. Give him a pass. He is better than the DUcrap and Grandmaw. RP will probably win.

Quien sabe?


12 posted on 09/22/2006 2:38:31 PM PDT by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: weegee
So should he have used the term "colored people"

I wondered about that too. The only person I know that uses the term "Colored people" is my grandmother. For the better part of her life "Negro" and "Colored" were the socially accepted terms and I don't expect her to change now. She means nothing derogatory about it, those are just the words she uses.
13 posted on 09/22/2006 2:38:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: Elpasser
I'm going to vote for him instead of Perry

I really hadn't thought of voting for Kinky until Perry opened his stupid mouth yesterday. Now the thought as actually crossed my mind.

14 posted on 09/22/2006 2:39:26 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: Shermy

Is Kinky outpolling the Democrats? Why are they bothering with him?


15 posted on 09/22/2006 2:39:28 PM PDT by garbanzo (Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.)
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To: Shermy
more hypocrisy and double standards! If black people don't want to be called the n-word, then they should stop calling other black people the n-word! It's the Golden Rule; if you don't want to get called a certain name, stop using it yourself. I, for one, don't want to be called the n-word (along with a lot of other words), so I don't use it in reference to others! What a concept!
16 posted on 09/22/2006 2:40:11 PM PDT by verum ago (To the Islamofascists: As long as your beliefs have you live in denial, so shall you die of it.)
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To: garbanzo

He is tied with the Dem and approaching Perry.


17 posted on 09/22/2006 2:40:25 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: verum ago

"It's hard to be a pimp..."


18 posted on 09/22/2006 2:42:07 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Shermy

Friedman,

Just donate $100,000 and they will go away.


19 posted on 09/22/2006 2:42:34 PM PDT by Red6
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To: Shermy
I'm getting heart palpitations. I'm laughing so hard.

1980 ????

Poltically correct speech was NOT introduced before 1990. Kinky gets a pass on the 1980 clips...

With a tsk tsk and a tally ho...

Has the NAACP sent the memo to persons in the Black community that the n word is a no no?...doubtful since I regularly hear young Blacks use the term on the subway.

20 posted on 09/22/2006 2:42:41 PM PDT by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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To: TXBubba

Have they heard his song "They ain't makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore"? It is replete with derogatory ethnic terms, including the "N" word. Its point is, however, to make fun of rednecks--and Greeks.


21 posted on 09/22/2006 2:43:24 PM PDT by Defiant (There is no god but AOL, and Muhammad uses Messenger.)
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To: Shermy

These Bozos think that digging up insensitive remarks by the leader of the musical group "The Texas Jewboys" is some kind of find, LOL!


22 posted on 09/22/2006 2:43:32 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Peace begins in the womb.)
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To: Shermy
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23 posted on 09/22/2006 2:43:56 PM PDT by don-o (Proudly posting without reading the thread since 1998. (stolen from one cool dude))
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To: Elpasser

I can't imagine Kinky would ever apologize. He would be more likely to tell them what to do with their demands.


24 posted on 09/22/2006 2:43:57 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (The true gospel is a call to self-denial. It is not a call to self-fulfillment..John MacArthur)
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To: Shermy
The Kinkster will triumph.

1980? Talk about reaching way back. If a candidate did something opprobrious before I was born, I don't care.
25 posted on 09/22/2006 2:44:33 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Clockwatcher Extraordinaire)
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To: Shermy

It's this kind of crap that gives politics a bad name. I can't believe we are having serious discussion over some night club act from 25 years ago. Doesn't the NAACP have any real problems facing their members anymore? Have we really solved every problem they face so we have to worry about things that happened before some voters were even born?


26 posted on 09/22/2006 2:45:32 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: TXBubba

To Perry: "Adios, mofo."


27 posted on 09/22/2006 2:45:37 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Clockwatcher Extraordinaire)
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To: Defiant

I haven't heard it. However,in the "joke" they keep playing the except from he is playing the character of the bigot redneck. But context never matters because most of our folks are too dumb to know the difference anyway. Yes, I'm that cynical.


28 posted on 09/22/2006 2:45:55 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: weegee

ROFLOL!


29 posted on 09/22/2006 2:45:58 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (The true gospel is a call to self-denial. It is not a call to self-fulfillment..John MacArthur)
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To: Sue Perkick
I can't imagine Kinky would ever apologize.

Heard on the way home that they asked him if he would apologize and he said, "No". That's it.

30 posted on 09/22/2006 2:47:25 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: Shermy

Did Jesse Jackson ever apologize for spitting in white people's food when he was a waiter?

Black people use a racial slur with/to each other quite often. If they can do it why can't I?


31 posted on 09/22/2006 2:48:47 PM PDT by rfreedom4u (Islam is the devil's voice.)
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060922/ap_on_el_gu/governor_kinky_10

AUSTIN, Texas - Comedian and independent gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman on Thursday defended his use of a racial slur during a performance at Houston nightclub 26 years ago after an audio clip of the standup routine was posted on the Internet.

Friedman, 61, said he has tried to expose and lampoon racism, and was making fun of bigots when he used the n-word twice in a joke.

"They're attacking me for something that Richard Pryor did, that Lenny Bruce did, which is to have the freedom to poke fun at anybody that you want. The whole show is satirizing racism," Friedman said at a fundraiser in New York.

But State Rep. Garnet Coleman, former chairman of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, said it was difficult to find the humor in his joke after his remarks about Katrina evacuees in Houston in which he referred to them as "crackheads and thugs."

Coleman, who has endorsed Democratic candidate Chris Bell, said nobody would have scrutinized Friedman's 1980 joke before the comments about Katrina evacuees, most of whom are black.

"It makes it more relevant because people then look to see, is this part of your character," Coleman said. He said Friedman "needs to change his tune or get out of the race."

A staffer for Coleman posted the audio on the left-leaning political Web site Burnt Orange Report. Phillip Martin said he did the posting in his off time after getting it from an old fan of Friedman's.

Other Friedman comments criticized recently include a television interview from a year ago in which he said sexual predators should be thrown in prison "and make them listen to a Negro talking to himself," Friedman said. He also called "Negro" a "charming word."

Friedman's campaign has said the CNBC interview in which he made the "Negro" remark was a reference to a book he wrote in the 1980s. His spokeswoman said Friedman, who also is a country singer, is a threat to the two-party system, so his opponents are digging through fictional books, comedy shows and song lyrics to try to paint him as a racist.

Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican seeking re-election, Bell and independent candidate Carole Keeton Strayhorn said Friedman's language was unacceptable.


32 posted on 09/22/2006 2:53:38 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Sue Perkick
I can't imagine Kinky would ever apologize. He would be more likely to tell them what to do with their demands.

He might give them a Papal apology such as "shore am sorry you got yore gunders in a wad."

33 posted on 09/22/2006 2:56:29 PM PDT by Dark Skies
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To: Shermy
"I don't eat tamales in the barrio ..."

It's tacos. The fact that you don't know that is proof of your bigotry.

34 posted on 09/22/2006 2:57:07 PM PDT by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: Shermy
This is a man in desperate need of a psychologist.  If he didn't hear it in person then it didn't offend him.  More false indignation is all this is.

35 posted on 09/22/2006 2:58:26 PM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: TXBubba
Heard on the way home that they asked him if he would apologize and he said, "No". That's it.

Heck, I'm voting for Kinky. I may not agree on everything with him, but it's about damn time we had somebody who won't give in to this PC crap.

36 posted on 09/22/2006 2:59:40 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Elpasser
Crap, if this Kinky guy really stands up to the professional victim civil rights crowd, I'm going to vote for him instead of Perry. He is a refreshing change to the banal political correctness that infuses every politician.

Nevermind that most of Kinky's supporters and those he refers to by name in interviews are on the left, nor that many of his positions are on the left, or that he is just the latest stealth candidate on the left to throw out bait to the right by taking a few conservative positions while almost all of his campaign staff have worked for leftists, including Lamont. Ya know, for awhile in his early career Bill Maher took on political correctness, but look what he turned out to be, it takes more than that.

They kinda remind me of that Vonage commercial, taking one right position among many, many stupid ones.

37 posted on 09/22/2006 2:59:46 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Red6

Yeah, the Jesse Jackson shake down.


38 posted on 09/22/2006 3:00:21 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: Shermy
Coleman, who has endorsed Democratic candidate Chris Bell, said nobody would have scrutinized Friedman's 1980 joke until he showed up running neck and neck with the Democratic candidate
39 posted on 09/22/2006 3:00:27 PM PDT by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: John Jorsett; Shermy
Taco taco....
40 posted on 09/22/2006 3:04:26 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Don't worry, everything will be OK. Or maybe it won't.)
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To: cripplecreek

Right! I want an apology from them concerning racial preferences, oops, I mean "affirmative action." Ditto, reparartions, i.e., extortion from those who were never slave owners to those who were never slaves.


41 posted on 09/22/2006 3:05:15 PM PDT by donaldo
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Is it just me or was the world a more funny place to live 15 years ago? I remember at least one good 'n' or 'p' or 'c' or 'w' or 'j' or 'db' or 'L' joke everyday and they were hilarious.  I don't hear them anymore.

42 posted on 09/22/2006 3:06:10 PM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: Orange1998

Sorry, but I can't resist. Did you hear the one about Clinton going on a retreat to Camp David and forgetting his casual shoes. He called the White House and requested a pair of loafers. Thirty minutes later Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton showed up.


43 posted on 09/22/2006 3:08:46 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: donaldo

LOL I'm going to drop that one among some liberals.


44 posted on 09/22/2006 3:13:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: HawaiianGecko

Did you guys hear that Keith Olbermann is the third man in history to be diagnosed with vagina envy after Alan Alda and Phil Donahue? Also, the word around MSNBC is that he would rather hear a fat boy fart than pretty girl sing.


45 posted on 09/22/2006 3:13:50 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks. Isn't it odd how liberals would recoil in horror if a terrorist detainee were bitched slapped and yawn over a partial birth abortion?


46 posted on 09/22/2006 3:17:11 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: Shermy
Kinky Friedman Campaign Statement

While Rick Perry was cheerleading in college and Chris Bell was being potty trained, Kinky Friedman was picketing segregated restaurants in Austin to integrate them. Now that Kinky’s in second place and a serious threat to the two-party system, Perry and Bell have paid political assassins to dig back as far as 30 years through fictional books, comedy shows and satirical song lyrics, desperately seeking to paint Kinky as a racist.

Republicans and Democrats have created an entire industry-- called Opposition Research-- whose sole purpose is to tarnish and destroy people’s reputations. This is why regular citizens don't run for office. If you do, and you start to threaten the system as Kinky has, you’re going to be attacked.

Kinky has overcome all of the obstacles placed before him - getting on the ballot, raising millions of dollars, building the largest grassroots network Texas has ever seen, and breaking 20% in the polls months ago. He's a serious threat to the establishment, and when you threaten the political establishment, they use the money generated from their formidable fundraising machines to pay for "dirty tricks" tactics to manipulate the press.

It's a slimy industry that exists for the sole purpose of destroying people and -- like cockroaches-- scurries for the shadows whenever a light is shined on it.

The latest political assassination attempt takes completely out of context a controversial word that Kinky was using in a 1980 stand-up performance to lampoon racists. Playing a character on stage, Kinky was exposing bigotry through comedy and satire.

It’s pathetic that the major-party candidates have sunk to this – trying to paint Kinky as a racist when, in fact, he was poking fun at racists. Shame on the press for being complicit. Rather than confront our opponents on their tactics and get the full story, they are allowing industries like opposition research to exist and operate outside the understanding of most voters.

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47 posted on 09/22/2006 3:17:27 PM PDT by LA Woman3
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To: Shermy

Geez! What's with all these people demanding apologies - first the Muslims, now the NAACP (over a remark made in 1980 at that!). This is getting a tad redundant. These people need to get a life and get over it.


48 posted on 09/22/2006 3:18:40 PM PDT by fishergirl (Choose your vices carefully, then be loyal to them.)
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To: LA Woman3

YES! Kinky should tell them to ram it, cram it, slam it and jamb it!


49 posted on 09/22/2006 3:20:35 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: Shermy
The NAACP needs to worry a whole lot less about race, and a whole lot more about how stupid they are as people.
50 posted on 09/22/2006 3:20:46 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (islam: The Rabid Pig Cult)
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