Skip to comments.Wayne Brady Apologizes For Trig Palin-Jeff Ross Joke
Posted on 08/20/2012 7:45:07 PM PDT by TheBigB
This letter has taken me a few days to compose because of the conflicting emotions that I've experienced since the day of the Roast and it's subsequent airing. The environment of the Roast is a comedic (hopefully), tasteless (mostly always), affair that encourages everyone to out-filth each other. Not normally what I'm known for, right? But, when I was invited, I jumped at the chance to play outside of my perceived "norm" and have fun. The Jeff joke was written for me and at the end of the day I take full responsibility for saying it. It wasn't meant as a slam to Trig and at the time I didn't see it that way.
I could defend it as a performer, but I would rather apologize from the bottom of my heart as a father. I understand how a parent, who loves their child, who tries to nurture and shield them when they cannot defend themselves, would take offense.. I have many times experienced this feeling. I've had awful things said about my daughter.. Violent and most times racial stabs. Being in the spotlight I have built a thick skin to these sorts of things. My daughter ( who's now old enough to understand ) is another story. That being said I write this letter with sensitivity and a strong stance of responsibility for my actions.
I thank everyone who's expressed their opinion for reminding me that my voice is heard... It's easy to forget sometimes in front of cameras and lights.
To the Palins, please know that no malice or harm was meant. To the other families who were touched negatively, I hope you'll be able to accept this apology as well.
I've always said that people in the public eye should be held responsible for what you say and I'm no hypocrite. Thanks for reading and letting me express my side.
Take care all, Wayne
I thank everyone who's expressed their opinion for reminding me that my voice is heard... It's easy to forget sometimes in front of cameras and lights.Yeah right. And he played the race card in his "apology".
No, he’s a good guy. Always has been. He screwed up and had the class to own up to it; to apologize. Damned few, if any, prominent blacks in this country would do the same.
And Sarah was very gracious in her acceptance of his apology on her page.
Never heard of him.
I actually read it and it seems pretty decent. I was not expecting it to be as sincere. Roasts can be nasty at times and also can get out of hand. The one for Rosanne awhile back was unbelievable nasty towards her by many people. She laughed it off though and was a good sport (for a change).
Screwed up, then manned up. Made an actual apology. More than most would do.
Sarah Palin thanked him briefly on her Facebook page.
Thank you, Wayne Brady. Trig truly is a blessing. I swear, to his family anyway, that extra chromosome he's got is a Love Chromosome! Thank you for your gracious comment today.
I have no idea what is going on but this sounds like a black guy apology.
I in the past had appreciation for Wayne Brady’s humor, he was clean, quick on his feet and played well with others. I did not catch this “joke”...
So, having not heard it I am posting for no apparent reason!
May be the most productive thing I’ve done today- no wait, I put a bed on a truck when I got home from work and did text some friends about the Missouri meltdown and naked KS congressman.
So- was it unforgiveable?
Everyone makes mistakes. He manned up and Sarah was pure class as always.
During the Comedy Central “Roast” of Roseanne Barr last week, Wayne made a very bad-taste joke that mentioned Trig Palin. Details at the link.
Wayne Brady is a class act. His mentioning of race and his personal experiences have to do with barbs coming his way for not being “black” enough. I say its very rare nowadays that you get a public apology that is actually an apology. Good man, that Wayne Brady.
I don’t like these modern day roasts. The Dean Martin roasts were the best. I like to watch all the old stars that I had forgotten about on those on You Tube. They were funny and not mean spirited even though they were taking slams at people.
I don’t think so.
Blaming someone else who wrote his Jokes that he approved and he delivered it.
I would have preferred bacon jokes for the Muslims. (s)
Seriously when will all this stop.
Just live our lives and stop all this stuff.
Good to read. This was one event that disappointed me more than I ever realized it would. My family and I really like him.
Time was (1950s, 1960s) the Friar’s Club roasts were an inner circle event, taped for posterity but kept from the public at large.
Now the culture is in the gutter 24/7 so it is considered “prime time tv entertainment”.
The lavender mafia and other special interest groups would not be happy to hear those tapes.
ya ya, heard it all before, you know what its like cause your daughter is black and we all know how poorly blek folk git treated... give me a break, it’s white fold who get crapped on these days and you honky damn well know it. Don’t give me that, poor me I’m black, stuff maing...
The only thing he doesn’t say is that he shouldn’t have said it. So it’s better than most liberal speech, but I couldn’t call it an apology.
So maybe think about showing a tiny bit of class next time before shooting your foolish mouth off. I know, class is such a rarity these days within the comedy scene, but maybe you could try to learn some.
This reminds me of what I’ve said to my children on numerous occasions, “no, you’re sorry you got caught.” Wayne, you got caught, and no doubt now you’re sorry. You should have thought about it before hand.
That assetion insults the intelligence of anyone who can read. The remark was indefensible and DESERVES an apology without such a disclaimer.
If one parses the sentence, it sounds like that he is asserting that comedy is an art form and as such comedians may take the dramatic license to be cruel and inhumane even if that cruelty is directed to a real person not a anonymous type or fictional personage.
Brady was taking a moment during the roast to insult fellow comedian Jeffrey Ross when he said
a lot of people hate you, especially Sarah Palin because you remind her of what Trig is going to look like when hes 40.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/307522/wayne-brady-apologizes-for-trig-palin-joke/#lAyusF17gRBEde4v.99
Sarah always shows class. She and her family get trashed every single day and she is gracious as always. She looks at that beautiful child and thanks God everyday that he is here on this earth. Her family is what is the most important thing in her life, always has been, always will be. It amazes me how gracious Sarah can be throughout all of these horrible attacks her family has to deal with. She has a very strong faith in God who guides her through everything
Let’s call a spade a spade...
Had it been a REPUBLICAN comedian making jokes about Slasher and Masher, the media, Hollywood, the White House, the NAALCP, SPLC, the ACLU, and the Film Actors Guild would have been screaming for a public beheading in accordance with Sharia Law.
But because Brady is one of Holder’s people, he gets a pass? And even gets to throw the race card in his “apology”?
But of course not. Palin is the whipping b!tch of the Left. All’s fair, every day, open season and no bag limit.
Sarah did the only thing she could do, and that’s give a gracious nod. If she had done anything like the Left would do, she’d be scourged again.
First, I have no idea who Wayne Brady is. I haven't watched television in nearly 12 years.
I get upset when leftists make claims of "race" when race is not the issue. Some of the "code words" they point to are not just hard to see, they are invisible.
That said, I see absolutely nothing is Mr Brady's letter, especially the line you quoted, that has anything even remotely to do with a "race card."
A little more apologizing might be in order here.
That is very low class... he should be very ashamed of that.
I thought he was better than that.
That will be hard to work off- he’d better get going now or it won’t happen.
You can do a thousand things right and one thing wrong and that will be your legacy.
And we just lost a frequent participant today, Phyllis Diller.
Damn few if any liberal elites would have done this either...
Interesting that the Obama kids are off limits but it’s still open season for the Palin kids. No, Wayne, that was very bad form. Thought you were one of the good ones but I see that’s not the case. As if the slap down of little Trig isn’t enough, you did a gig for Barr.
Ah, yes! Thanks for the reminder.
Wayne Brady is truly one of the good guys in Hollywood and I appluad him for owning up to a tasteless, hurtful “joke”. I have no doubt that he got caught up on the moment and didn’t think about the affect this tasteless “joke” would have.
I vote we forgive him and move on. He apologized. If we demand a gallon of blood as well, it makes us no better than Democrats.
WARNING: Graphic language.
Chappelle Show: Dave's Night Out with Wayne Brady
You nailed it.
They can bring up Palin’s kids but little Punishment 1 and Punishment 2 are off limits.
I vote we don't.
He played the race card to mitigate his nastiness.
I say don't let the racist off the hook.
I've had awful things said about my daughter.. Violent and most times racial stabs.
Had to make it about him, had to make it racial.
The part I clipped showed one nonsequitur, and careful readers will notice the “And” that began my second sentence.
He showed remarkable talent while in his twenties, doing “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, I appreciated that too. That ends once the mask comes off. His came off.
His alleged apology will probably get more attention than his performance, but the latter may turn out to have been the tip of the iceberg.
bttt - sad facts
Well I do now and it appears my first impression was correct.
How do you like them apples boy?
Good enough for me. It doesn’t have to be perfect. The guy gets it.
“Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run- there’s still time to change the road you’re on.”
thanks, and /bingo.
“Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run- there’s still time to change the road you’re on.”
You’re like...a psychic or somthin’.
He wants credit for apologizing without apologizing.
“I didn’t write it.”
“I’m a performer.”
“My daughter gets picked on, too.”
Astonishing so many FReepers are buying this compost.
I met her when I was very young. She was in her late 40's back then and was a very beautiful woman. They made her up to look bad. Another actress I met who was popular I met at a party in the Rainbow Room when I was very young. I was kinda drunk and she was a little Jewish woman who was telling me the funniest jokes. Lordy she had a foul mouth. Her name was Estelle Gettleman AKA Estelle Getty from the Golden Girls. She was insanely funny and looked very young compared to how she looked on TV.
I have ran in to other celebrities. Ann Margaret when I was very young. A stunning woman at the time. I once sat in a room with Buddy Hackett who was a wonderful person. Since there were kids around including me he would not tell any off color jokes. Another fellow I met who was extremely nice was Bob Hope. He had the kindest eyes. Let's see, who else? I met Arnold Schwarzenegger when I was a kid really before he became famous. The women loved him. He is shorter than you would expect. I got a bit drunk with Dennis Rodman once. He is insane. A nutcase. He had gotten off a go-fast boat and had shorts on. He had the oddest calves. His legs looked like something that you would see on an insect. I hung out with Jay Leno one night. He is a very cool guy but just one of the guys. Met Hank Williams awhile back who is so talented he is spooky. He can pick up anything and play it.
I just ran in to these people over time. No rhyme or reason to it...