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Parody Author Defends 'Barack the Magic Negro'
WZTV-Fox 17 Nashville ^ | December 29, 2008 12:35 EST

Posted on 12/29/2008 10:16:38 AM PST by lewisglad

Parody author defends 'Barack the Magic Negro' December 29, 2008 12:35 EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis author of the musical parody "Barack the Magic Negro" says he isn't surprised the song has gotten some people upset.

Author Paul Shanklin describes the song as political satire and says it's supposed to be provocative.

The song, which is sung to the tune of "Puff the Magic Dragon, has drawn attention and criticism since Chip Saltsman -- the former head of the Republican Party in Tennessee -- sent out a CD with the song on it as Christmas presents.

Saltsman managed Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign and is now running for chairman of the Republican National Committee.

The song questions whether Obama is "authentically" black and intimates white voters wouldn't have voted for him if he had been from "the hood."

(Excerpt) Read more at wztv.com ...


TOPICS: Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: comedy; magicnegro; obama; parody; shanklin
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1 posted on 12/29/2008 10:16:39 AM PST by lewisglad
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To: lewisglad

Shanklin was on Andrew Clark SR. on AM600 WREC defending this yesterday. He gave of course the backstory.


2 posted on 12/29/2008 10:19:36 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Million Minuteman March (Spring 2009))
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To: lewisglad

And when the left does something like this the call it freedom of expression.


3 posted on 12/29/2008 10:20:25 AM PST by Long Island Pete (Facts are stubborn things.)
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To: lewisglad
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4 posted on 12/29/2008 10:20:39 AM PST by Tawiskaro
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To: lewisglad
I like your work Mr. Shanklin, but “Barak the Magic Negro” was just a plain stupid idea.
5 posted on 12/29/2008 10:26:37 AM PST by LiberConservative ("We gonna get PAID!" - Obama voter)
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To: lewisglad

Somebody told me that Obama’s CHANGE mantra actually stands for “Come Help A Negro Get Elected”. Even some of my Democrat voter friends tell me that they have become less than enthusiastic because they now realize that this guy was elected BECAUSE he claims to be “black” and has no other qualifications.


6 posted on 12/29/2008 10:29:01 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Emmett McCarthy
'Somebody told me that Obama’s CHANGE mantra actually stands for “Come Help A Negro Get Elected”. Even some of my Democrat voter friends tell me that they have become less than enthusiastic because they now realize that this guy was elected BECAUSE he claims to be “black” and has no other qualifications.'

Whoa...do I detect symptoms of Buyers' Remorse' from your Democratic friends?.

7 posted on 12/29/2008 10:32:34 AM PST by T Lady (The MSM: Pravda West)
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To: Emmett McCarthy

We told them so.


8 posted on 12/29/2008 10:35:14 AM PST by YdontUleaveLibs (Reason is out to lunch. How may I help you?)
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To: YdontUleaveLibs

The lyrics to Barack the Magic Negro were lifted from actual soundbites by the Rev. Sharpton. The title, by the LA Times. They doth protest too much.


9 posted on 12/29/2008 10:39:16 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: YdontUleaveLibs

We told them so, but we didn’t provide anyone with an alternative.


10 posted on 12/29/2008 10:39:41 AM PST by Rastus
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To: Tawiskaro

WTF?????


11 posted on 12/29/2008 10:40:13 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: LiberConservative

Maybe you should read the back story!


12 posted on 12/29/2008 10:40:16 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("There is no insanity greater than electing a pathological Narcissist as president.")
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To: LiberConservative
I like your work Mr. Shanklin, but “Barak the Magic Negro” was just a plain stupid idea.

Barack, the Magic Negro was a superb poke at liberal Democrat attitudes about race and entitlement. It was dead-on accurate about the black misery pimps' feelings about Obama--as seen earlier in Al Sharpton's comments on Obama's genuineness and later in JJ's expressed desire to cut Obama's nuts off.

So some people, because of their own ignorance and racism, are offended? All the more reason to hit them harder and more often until they blow a gasket and go completely, unmistakably nuts.

Our object is to defeat them, not to convince them that, deep down, we're just like they are. And if, while getting hit up against the side of the head, they should experience a road to Damascus moment, all the better.
13 posted on 12/29/2008 10:40:34 AM PST by aruanan
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To: LiberConservative

Personally I thought it was one of the funniest things he’s done in a long time, it was right up there with Clinton’s “She’s always abitchin at me”.


14 posted on 12/29/2008 10:43:52 AM PST by lovecraft (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: lewisglad

Barak aint real like snoop dawg...


15 posted on 12/29/2008 10:44:13 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: massgopguy
Correct. The Left invented the “Magic Negro” mantra, not the Republicans.
16 posted on 12/29/2008 10:45:27 AM PST by fish hawk (Atheism is a non-prophet organization)
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To: LiberConservative
“I like your work Mr. Shanklin, but “Barak the Magic Negro” was just a plain stupid idea.”

Lighten up Francis!
Mr. Shanklin is talented and no “but” monkeys allowed here at FR.

17 posted on 12/29/2008 10:45:33 AM PST by TheCause (Let the lord of the black land come forth...let justice be done upon him!)
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To: lewisglad

The truth is that Barak was to white for south chicago politics and that is why he had to immerse himself in the rev wrights black liberation theology church in order to show that he was down with the struggle.

South chicago folks eyed him suspiciously as a privelidged kid raised in hawaii by white folk and going to the finest prep schools

shanklins parody is dead nuts on


18 posted on 12/29/2008 10:47:44 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: YdontUleaveLibs

Yeah, but it’s unusual for them to finally admit it.


19 posted on 12/29/2008 10:47:56 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: LiberConservative

Agreed, but it’s not as bad as “Banking Queen” [Dancing Queen]. I have to turn the station off whenever that is played.


20 posted on 12/29/2008 10:48:21 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: DCPatriot
This is funny as heck
21 posted on 12/29/2008 10:50:37 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: DCPatriot

Why?

I love that one so much that I believe hearing it could keep me alive if I had a fatal illness.


22 posted on 12/29/2008 10:52:43 AM PST by maica (Barack Obama is a Weathermen Project.)
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To: mylife

I think, by next year’s end, that BHO will be seen as an equal-opportunity disappointment across-the-board.


23 posted on 12/29/2008 10:53:38 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, then writes again.)
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To: aruanan
Barack, the Magic Negro was a superb poke at liberal Democrat attitudes about race and entitlement.

Well, no, not really 'superb' at all. It could have been, but it missed the mark pretty badly, both politically and aesthetically.

The lyrics are rather stupid. The voice is simply irritating. The point of view (from the 'hood) of the singer shuts down the parody potential of the piece. For the parody to have been truly effective, Mr. Shanklin would have done much better to sing it from the perspective of a reporter or a starry-eyed young supporter.

After all, Obama's real parody potential comes from the fact that he's no more than a construct of the hopes and desires of those who support him.

24 posted on 12/29/2008 10:53:59 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Old Professer

Its almost guaranteed.


25 posted on 12/29/2008 10:55:15 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: TheCause
Mr. Shanklin is talented and no “but” monkeys allowed here at FR.

OK, then how about "Mr. Shanklin is talented and not always successful in his attempts."

Not all parody works, FRiend ... and this is an example of it.

26 posted on 12/29/2008 10:55:23 AM PST by r9etb
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To: lovecraft

The parody of Al Sharpton singing “Feed Caroline” ala Neil Diamond was hysterical too.


27 posted on 12/29/2008 10:56:53 AM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: maica

LOL! I would rather have a root canal with no novocaine than listen to that stupid thing.


28 posted on 12/29/2008 10:57:53 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: T Lady; Emmett McCarthy

>>Whoa...do I detect symptoms of Buyers’ Remorse’ from your Democratic friends?.<<

You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Wait’ll after January 20th.


29 posted on 12/29/2008 10:58:31 AM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in the 1930's.)
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To: Old Professer

Black folks I know realize this guy has no “slave blood” in him and that his Mommas family actually were slave owners.

Again. Shanklins parody is dead on


30 posted on 12/29/2008 10:58:39 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: headstamp 2

classic!


31 posted on 12/29/2008 10:59:31 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: headstamp 2
The parody of Al Sharpton singing “Feed Caroline” ala Neil Diamond was hysterical too.

Now that is just great.

32 posted on 12/29/2008 11:01:22 AM PST by NeoCaveman (Why did the GOP have to go and run Wilford Brimley against Will Smith?)
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To: r9etb

You do understand that the voice is an imitation of “activist” Rev Al Sharpton using a megaphone.


33 posted on 12/29/2008 11:01:27 AM PST by maica (Barack Obama is a Weathermen Project.)
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To: lewisglad
The song questions whether Obama is "authentically" black and intimates white voters wouldn't have voted for him if he had been from "the hood."

Is the author of this piece truly this ignorant, or just trying for a bit of political provocation of his/her own?

Shanklin sings the song as Al Sharpton, who - along with Jesse Jackson - and other negroes intimated or actually said those things. The parody is hilarious because Sharpton, Jackson, et al, parade around presenting themselves as the arbiters and representatives of everything that is "legitimately black", and because the original article was written by a liberal black guy. THEY are the ones questioning Obama's "authenticity" - not Shanklin, not Limbaugh, and not the guy who distributed the cd. And, THAT is what makes it good satire.

Shanklin shines a humorous light on their hypocrisy.

Those who are "uncomfortable" with the use of the word "negro" or "negroid", need to get a grip and avail themselves of a dictionary. There is nothing in the least offensive in the word, and taking offense at it, by whites or by blacks, makes about as much sense as a white person being offended at being called Caucasian or Caucasoid. That said, I have no doubt that there are those whites who are ignorant enough of the meaning of those words to be offended by being referred to in those terms as well.

34 posted on 12/29/2008 11:02:52 AM PST by LucyJo
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To: aruanan

What you said.


35 posted on 12/29/2008 11:05:59 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: DCPatriot

Well, taste is definitely an individual thing. Just the memory of the Bawney Fwank voice singing Banking Queen brings tears of mirth to my eyes.

Do you generally like the Shanklin parodies?


36 posted on 12/29/2008 11:06:29 AM PST by maica (Barack Obama is a Weathermen Project.)
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To: aruanan

You will not defeat the Democrats by driving the few minority conservatives from the party by a racist song championed by people who should know better. You may also enrage liberal minority voters who will show up in 2010 to teach the GOP a lesson...stupid song,stupid man who made it, stupid RNC for getting involved in this mess.


37 posted on 12/29/2008 11:07:00 AM PST by bronxboy
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To: lewisglad

Ruh Roh! Rush’s sub, Jason Lewis, is discussing this right now.


38 posted on 12/29/2008 11:08:18 AM PST by maica (Barack Obama is a Weathermen Project.)
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To: LucyJo

The word is considered racist and is not used in modern society. The dictionary defense is pure bunk and you know it. I have not heard the word Negro since the early sixties...you may not find it offensive-others will.


39 posted on 12/29/2008 11:08:36 AM PST by bronxboy
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To: bronxboy

The point is, the word and the title came from liberals. The LA Times.


40 posted on 12/29/2008 11:10:59 AM PST by lady lawyer
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To: bronxboy

You’ve never heard of the United Negro College Fund?????


41 posted on 12/29/2008 11:15:15 AM PST by MadelineZapeezda (Have you girded your loins today??????)
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To: Emmett McCarthy

“they now realize that this guy was elected BECAUSE he claims to be “black” and has no other qualifications.”

I’d heard that when the MSM let out the news a couple weeks ago re his middle name being “Hussein”, many who had voted for him were shocked and a little upset. We all knew it from the beginning, but these people had never taken the time to inform themselves of anything about this poser.


42 posted on 12/29/2008 11:16:24 AM PST by MayflowerMadam (I feel much better since I gave up hope. ~~ sigh ~~)
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To: maica
You do understand that the voice is an imitation of “activist” Rev Al Sharpton using a megaphone.

I didn't -- thanks for the clarification. But it still doesn't work. It's just not funny.

Now, consider something like this:

Barack, the Magic Negro
looks just like me.
Agrees with me on everything,
And I get it all for free.

He's better than Abe Lincoln
and JFK by far
he'll cool the earth, adopt a dog,
and heal Myanmar

{refrain}

Just by being elected,
O's restored America's place
not even in the office yet
what munificence and grace...

and so on.... The humor of Obama is all in the gushing.

43 posted on 12/29/2008 11:19:19 AM PST by r9etb
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To: aruanan

Also, it wasn’t even Shanklin’s “line”; it was from an article in the “L.A. Times”, I believe. The RNC should criticize the original writer instead of the person paying attention and bringing it to the public’s attention.


44 posted on 12/29/2008 11:19:36 AM PST by MayflowerMadam (I feel much better since I gave up hope. ~~ sigh ~~)
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To: MayflowerMadam

I’m convinced that most Americans aren’t intelligent enough to be allowed to vote.


45 posted on 12/29/2008 11:22:12 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: maica

Yes..generally, I can listen to them and smile. But “Banking Queen” is the terrible. It makes me violent. LOL!


46 posted on 12/29/2008 11:26:28 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: maica

Banking Queen doesn’t work on my car radio. With road noise and AM’s limitations, it’s very hard to understand. I’d love to hear it digitally in a quiet environment.


47 posted on 12/29/2008 11:29:53 AM PST by AZLiberty (I hope Obama changes.)
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To: DCPatriot

“It makes me sqweam”!


48 posted on 12/29/2008 11:34:24 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: TheCause

I am betting not many people get the Lighten up Francis, quote, but I do.......next I am going to get the spatula.....


49 posted on 12/29/2008 11:42:08 AM PST by vin-one (REMEMBER the WTC !!!!!!!!)
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To: bronxboy

No, the dictionary is not a defense. It is a reality, and that is no bunk. And, the word is “considered racist” only by race baiters and those who have been conditioned to consider it racist by an overabundance of political correctness. If more people actually knew words and definitions, we would be less likely to fall prey to those who have been so successful at dividing us.

Most people use “white” and “black” when referring to the Caucasian and Negro races, for obvious reasons. If, at some point, a race hustler sees an advantage in hustling a particular viewpoint on using those two descriptive words, I have no doubt there will be some who will be sucked in by it as well.

Leftists use that strategy to play on ignorance in order to divide people and advance their agenda. You are correct, so much of the divide and conquer strategy began in the sixties.

The same strategy is being used by those promoting the leftist homosexual agenda right now. The word “homosexual” is becoming “offensive” to those who prefer to be called “gay”.

I don’t go out of my way to use words to offend people that I know are genuinely sensitive to the use of a particular word. But, we need to understand exactly why and how some of the “sensitivities” that are dividing us as Americans came to be, and to be aware of the machinations and manipulations that are behind it.

This non-issue of the Shanklin CD, is a prime example of making a mountain out of a molehill by skewing it into an “issue” to suit the political desires of some person or some group.


50 posted on 12/29/2008 11:42:57 AM PST by LucyJo
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