"Remember that in racist, demographics obsessed Israel, the most fearsome "existential threat" is the birth of a Palestinian child."
kiss a bird
The thing that makes this skit so weird, and so funny, is that the parts you find funny have a lot to do with how you identify yourself.
Really, the audience was probably laughing at two different things.
Black America was laughing at white America.
Black people know that love and equality are nothing to be afraid of, but they also know that all of the things that President Pryor was talking about: black access to education, black participation in government and industry, Islam, interracial relationships — these things make a lot of white people nervous.
In short, as cruel as it sounds, a lot of minorities find white racist fear and naiveté absolutely hilarious. (Think of it as an alternative to being angry all the time).
But a lot of white people watched this, and thought that the joke was supposed to be that the first black president would be a total monster. It was funny to have their biases confirmed. In fact, there’s more than a few people out there that still don’t get the joke.
So it was no wonder that when Chapelle’s show came out, with skits like ‘Black Reparations’, which again, poked fun at white America’s fears (read: guilt) and assumptions about blacks, that a lot of white people didn’t get the joke. A lot of people saw the ‘reparations’ skit and simply thought:
‘Oh, wow, that’s totally true! If reparations happened,
black people would spend all of their money on fried chicken’.
It confirmed their expectations. And they laughed. And Dave left.
Here’s what Paul Mooney, who wrote the President Pryor script, had to say about the phenomenon of white reactions to black comedy:
When I imitate middle-class white speech, I see a flicker of unease cross the faces of the white people in the audience. Then, when I go into ghetto riff, the smiles return. They’re fine as long as I am making fun of the same kind of people they make fun of — chinks, spics and niggers. But as soon as I start talking about them, I can clear a room!
theandsign - Deteriorate.
This is lit but why is they knee so tiny
The Fun-Filled Captioned Adventures of George Washington
my favorite thing about writing is coming up with an entire storyline and characters and setting in my head and not writing it down
sounds about right
there was a time I would follow it into a storm
and all I wanted was for someone to keep me warm
but now I’m torn by my tolerance
I fight with my head
I don’t need to pollenate a flower that’s dead
and everyone I’ve built up, I watched wilt
and everyone that has built me is killin’ me
and as much as I love her
neither one of us should suffer
so I’ma glue both the wings back on and watch her flutter
go fly butterfly
don’t cry shut your eyes
gonna watch each other die
before we give it another try
hover little hummingbird
dart through the sky
I’ve been under the thumb
It’s no wonder I’m still shy
hunger, onward, with my desires
learned the hard way not to play with fire
from a comfortable distance, I’ll admire
because I gotta take a break
I’m exhausted, I’m tired
thirsty man // blitzen trapper
'cause i've been running so long
can’t recall what it means to stay
'cause i let you slip away like water right through my hands
oh baby, your love’s like rain in a desert to a thirsty man