At least Melissa Harris-Perry had the sense to apologize for the obnoxious, snarky taunting, by her and her panel on (where else?) MSNBC, about Mitt Romney’s family picture, which included its latest addition – an adopted Black child – and leave it at that.
But not panelist and so-called “comedian” David Obeidallah, who tastelessly used the child to insult Republicans in general – something which seems to be a major focus of his “comedy”.
And now that a great many people have reacted negatively to his “joke”, the poor boy is miffed. So miffed, in fact, that he has written an entire piece about his mistreatment at dailybeast.com.
Here’s how he begins it:
As a comedian and writer I have been called a lot of things-but up until yesterday no one had ever said I was a “baby bully.”
What did I do to deserve this new title? Have I been going around the neighborhood and shaking down babies for their lunch money? Have I been forcing babies to walk on the other side of the street when they see me? Nope.
I told a joke that many on the right-and even a few in the middle-didn’t like. This all happened Sunday when I was on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry show with three other comedians for an episode called: “Look back on 2013 and Laugh.”
One of the segments featured the panelists trying to come up with funny captions for various photos, including a photo of Mitt Romney’s extended family with their recently adopted African-American baby, “Kieran.” This photo had been tweeted out to the world by Romney on Christmas Eve.
Upon seeing the photo, I commented: “It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party, the RNC. At the convention, they find the one black person.”
You may think that’s funny, unfunny, cliche, idiotic, etc. Comedy is subjective. But say what you will about my quip, I didn’t criticize the Romney family for adopting the baby nor did I mock baby Kieran in any way. Nor would I.
My joke was about the lack of racial diversity we see at the Republican National Convention-a topic lampooned for years by comedians. Little tip to GOP: If you can fit the name of all black leaders in your party in one tweet, you aren’t racially diverse.
“Waaaaaaahhhhh. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! They didn’t like my clever joke, that wasn’t offensive to anyone…except tens of millions of Republicans, all of whom I have intimated are racist, including, of course, the entire Romney Family.” It’s not fair!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!”
I especially like Obeidallah’s comment that “many on the right – and even a few in the middle” did not like what he said. Does this guy really think that everyone else judges his “humor” exclusively by their political views? Does he really think that everyone on the left is just fine with unfunny, racially tinged comments using a Black baby as his foil?
He doesn’t think much of his fellow leftists, does he?
But I will say this: if there is one cable news venue that a David Obeidallah type should be a regular on, at least he picked the right one…or should I say the left one? (Gee, now I’m a “comedian” too.)