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Do you think McCain's joke was racist?

“So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn't he just there last week?” McCain said in a tweet that also linked to a story about Iran launching a monkey into space.

i'm not a McCain fan, but i think its a good zinger. what i dont get is that, technically, Ahmadinejad is Caucasian and so is McCain...is it racist b/c McCain compared someone with darker skin than his own, to a monkey?

Ahmadinejad is a holocaust denier...so i really dont see why anyone would defend him.

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okmanders

Asked by okmanders at 12:14 PM on Feb. 5, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I'm guessing he meant monkey like a silly animal versus it being a racist thing
    He shouldn't try to be funny or controversial
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 12:24 PM on Feb. 5, 2013

  • racisit or not, either way, I think he's just being a closeminded jerk to be honest.

    Making fun of a holocaust denier in a country trying desperately to gain the ability to Nuke Israel (and by default, its neighboring areas) into a sheet of glass because he think some book tells him to is being a closeminded jerk?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:03 PM on Feb. 5, 2013

  • Unprofessional, even if the guy he's refering to is a turd. It was a good zinger tho.  But it seems like now-a-days, any reference to a monkey gets people in trouble.  He should've known better.

    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 1:47 PM on Feb. 5, 2013

  • People need to get over being overly sensitive to crap.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:20 PM on Feb. 5, 2013

  • No, not racist. Probably not something he should have said in public. Tweets are public. I don't think this is racist because the Iranian president has denied the Holocaust and compared Jews and Christians to apes and pigs. McCain's cheap comment was probably a joking reference to extremist belief, shared by Egyptian president Morsi. Again, McCain probably shouldn't have tweeted that.
    HHx5

    Answer by HHx5 at 6:16 PM on Feb. 5, 2013

  • I found it humorous. I can't imagine why anyone would think it is racist. The animal could have just as easily been a rat.

    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 8:54 PM on Feb. 6, 2013

  • not racist but him just being a childish asshole.
    LostSoul88

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 12:20 PM on Feb. 5, 2013

  • comparing a man to a monkey? I dont see how thats just not funny
    LostSoul88

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 12:24 PM on Feb. 5, 2013

  • No I do not think he was being racist, isulting the man as being less on the evolutionary scale perhaps. Funny well I suppose someone might think so but To me just a quip and nothing else
    Dardenella

    Answer by Dardenella at 2:20 PM on Feb. 5, 2013

  • Not funny, not in good taste and maybe racist depending on full context.
    booklover545

    Answer by booklover545 at 9:24 PM on Feb. 5, 2013

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