Before we get to that though, there’s a little clean up required on aisle 3. It’s the result of ongoing fallout from Lady M’s interview with gal-pal Gayle (note to self: never hire an inexperienced hack - even if she is your BFF’s BFF - for a job requiring a professional hack). We had to call in the A-team to squash all of the hateful, racist rightwing rants our Gayle King blabfest generated.
In retrospect I suppose we would have been better advised to skip the whole defensive “I’m not an angry black woman” denial thing. Since Ms. Jodi’s book was basically good press, some people think that the Won’s are now simply making lemons out of lemonade. Especially since it was Big Guy who started this whole mess by “announcing” Lady M was an “angry black woman” in the first place. Indeed some have gone so far as to suggest that the thin-skinned Wons are in the process of creating a textbook example of counterproductive PR.
So that’s why we called in the big guns. Round one was fired yesterday by one of our professional journ-o-lists at the WaPo. Kathleen Parker used her sharp wit and pen to really put it to the narrow-minded, racists out in fly over who have had the unmitigated gall to accuse Lady M of being an “angry black woman” - which is clearly racist code for, umm, being an angry black woman. Kathleen set the pompous liberal outrage meter on “hypersensitive” as she waved her sensor over the people who dare criticize Lady M’s demeanor.
It isn’t hard to find evidence of racial undertones in these anonymous missives… Comment threads on right-wing blogs frequently feature hateful, racist remarks about the first lady. They don’t deserve a pica of my column space, but suffice to say, they need no translation.
Meanwhile, what isn’t said explicitly by “prominent” people is often implied.
Or if not implied, possibly inferred – by Kathleen and her friends.
Indeed, it may be that this trope has evolved from the swamp of the blogosphere, where anonymous trolls say despicable things from the cowardly comfort of their subterranean wormholes.
By which she means the rightwing blogosphere swamp. In the interest of being fair and balanced though, there have been some “tropes” that have evolved from other people’s swamps as well:
It may be easy for fortunate whites to say they’ve always been proud of America, though they’re probably lying.
It is less easy for someone whose ancestors were slaves and whose own parents remember when blacks couldn’t vote and were lynched for trying in some parts of the country.
Given that history, one can forgive a few ill-chosen words uttered in an emotional moment.
Sure, that’s right. Just ask Juan Williams.
Other than that, I think Kathleen did a good a job at playing the race card. At least as good as a blonde woman can do. Still, I think the Reverends would be proud.
And lest you forget, Kathleen also opined in a previous column:
It takes courage to swim against the tide of know-nothingness that has become de rigueur among the anti-elite, anti-intellectual Republican base. Call it the Palinization of the GOP, in which the least informed earns the loudest applause.
She talked about the Palinization of the GOP in the context of calling Herman Cain out as a moron – in a non-racist way of course. Then she proceeded to hand Newt a left-hand compliment, calling him a
a populist professor — a bombastic smarty-pants Republicans can call their own.
If you’re one of the stupid people (i.e. an R-word), he sounds smart (per MoDo)
Butt just to summarize the current allegation, Kathleen reminds us:
Like every woman I know, black or white, I’ve watched Mrs. Obama with respect, admiration and arm-envy. Every woman.
And there you have it: proof positive that if you don’t admire Lady M, you must be a racist. Because every woman Kathleen knows admires Lady M. EVERY woman. How fortunate for Ms. Parker; she dwells in a very special world (H/T Pauline Kael) that’s free of racism.
Now then, on a lighter note: we went to Hayfield Secondary School in Virginia for a special screening/promo of Lady M’s upcoming guest appearance on iCarly. It was a lot of fun. We did a little “random dancing” which I guess is a thing on the show.
She received kudos for her dancing, as well as her acting skills:
Her acting skills also drew praise. The cast was impressed with Obama's ability to deliver her lines in the compressed time they had to shoot the scenes.
"She has good comic timing in real life, too," Cosgrove said
In addition to dancin’ Lady M did a Q&A session with the students:
During a question-and-answer session with students, Obama drew a handful of playful boos when she was asked about school lunches and talked about legislation she and her husband supported to add more vegetables to the school lunch program.
Hard to believe, I know. Booed by a group of privileged kids in Alexandria, VA! Oh sure, they claimed that their booing was directed towards the crappy food that Lady M, Big Guy and the SEIU joined together to serve them in place of the burgers and fries they use to get. Butt I think we all know: it’s really racism.
Anyway, Nickelodeon, January 16. Don’t miss it!
iCarly. uWatch. uBarf.