So remember when President Obama called into DJ Laz Morning Show last week? Well, according to conservative columnist Clarence McKee that appearance was an "insult" to all of black American that "cheapened the office of president of the United States." Because, you know, Laz goes by the nickname of "Pimp with a Limp."
McKee, who himself is black and whose involvement in Republican politics dates back the Reagan administration, claims that the term "pimp" is offensive to blacks in a column for NewsMax:
In television and movies, pimps are more often than not portrayed as black men driving fancy cars, wearing fancy clothes and adorned with jewelry waiting for their women, whom they often control through drugs, to either bring them the cash or face beatings or other dire consequences. Also, much of the hip-hop craze and many of its artists have honored pimps in their lyrics and music videos featuring flashy jewelry and big cars. Remember the term pimp mobile?
Given this history, I was shocked to see Obama turn a blind eye to this hidden symbolism. It cheapened the office of President of the United States.
McKee also claims that Obama was talking in slang, because to his ears it seems that the President was using the term "ya" as opposed to "you" during the interview.
McKee also insinuates that Obama is favoring Hispanics over Blacks in his reelection efforts:
Obama did not need to go on a black radio station with a well-respected black leader like Bishop Curry [ed: host of a show on AM radio]. He already has Miami's black voters in his pocket. He needed to court Laz's Hispanic audience regardless of what the term "Pimp" has meant to blacks in Miami and elsewhere.
We're pretty sure that as one of Miami's most popular hosts, Laz's audience spans all races and ethnicities.
As McKee notes, when Laz was born, doctors weren't sure he'd ever walks. After numerous surgeries he was finally able to walk, but with a limp. Hence the nickname.
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So what do you think, was Obama's discussion with Laz beneath the office of the Presidency?
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