Skip to comments.NPR's Ombudsman Skips 'Kill Whitey' Jokes, But Worries About Old Clips of Jewish Jokes From 1970
Posted on 02/25/2012 11:27:59 PM PST by Nachum
On February 12 many NPR stations aired the show Smiley & West in which comedian-actor Garrett Morris caused peals of laughter from Tavis Smiley and Cornel West by joking about the small space between hate Whitey and kill Whitey. West also lectured about how police brutality on the vanilla side of town in New York would get condemnations from the White House.
NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos predictably told me on Twitter that this wasnt in his critical purview, since its not produced by NPR, but by Public Radio International. But on February 23, Schumacher-Matos devoted a post to charges of anti-black racism on Fresh Air, which is also not produced by NPR, but by Philadelpha affiliate WHYY. It was far less racially transgressive than Smiley & West.
He claimed: "NPR distributes Fresh Air so it is NPR programming. PRI distributes Smiley's show so it is PRI programming."
On the February 8 Fresh Air, critic David Bianculli was recommending a DVD called "How to Be a Jewish Son," which aired on The David Susskind Show. Bianculli plucked out as a highlight some banter between Mel Brooks and comedian David Steinberg. Susskind was asking about dating outside the Jewish population, and he joked you take home a black girl first, so the Gentile girl seems less shocking:
DAVID STEINBERG: Well, it's hard to bring a gentile girl home to a Jewish family. What you do is you bring home a black girl first.
DAVID SUSSKIND: By way of breaking the ice.
STEINBERG: Then you bring home the gentile girl and then you're in. Then they say, oh, come on in. Hiya. Would you like something to eat? They say Mary Smith, sit down. See, that "CH" like in "Chanukah."
SUSSKIND: Seriously, have you brought have you brought gentile ladies into your
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I’ve always had a soft spot for Garret Morris. I saw him as a guest on Space Ghost Coast to Coast back in the nineties, when it had been a decade or more since I’d seen him on SNL. He held his own pretty well, which seemed to be the whole point of SGCTC, although he did seem kind of out there. Other than that, I have no idea what he’s been up to. Please note however, that it was Eddie Murphy who got big laughs with “Kill all the white people” on SNL, so why get excited now?
That skit always makes me laugh. I don’t know why.
That skit is one of the funniest things ever put on broadcast television. Right up there with “ as God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly”.
No that was Garrett.
He had a prison skit singing a song about "gonna get me a shotgun and kill all the whiteys I see."
This has gotta be a mistake. Garrett Morris is dead....OK, maybe it’s just his career that is dead. No, wait, his brain is apparently dead as well.
Looks like they rehashed Garrett's skit. Utube :33 sec
Are you sure it wasn't Garret Morris?
I'm gonna get me a shot-gun and kill all the whiteys I see,
I'm gonna get me a shot-gun and kill all the whiteys I see-eee
'Cause when I kill all the whiteys I see,
then whitey he won't botherrrrr meeeee...
I'm gonna get me a shot-gun and kill all the whiteys I see!
Ol' redheaded whitey here laughed so hard he was sore for two days!