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Happy white peoples independence day...

Posted by on Jul. 4, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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Quote from Chris RockHappy white people's independence day, black people were still slaves but I'm sure they enjoyed the fireworks*do you get where the sentiment is coming from?




Chris Rock may have been aiming for a joke, but his July 4 tweet is creating controversy instead.


The comedian and producer of the FX show “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” sent a message to his followers that said: “Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren’t free but I’m sure they enjoyed fireworks.”

Some of followers apparently got the joke, with Don Cheadle replying with a simple “Haha,” MSNBC reported. Cheadle later defended Rock by writing, “Where exactly is the bigotry in that joke? Who is the victim? 18th century whites?” Some even chided Rock back, like David Burge who responded, “Good one! I bet your Guatemalan house staff got a good chuckle.”

But many others didn’t find it so funny. His twitter account was bombarded with angry messages and others telling him they would boycott his films for what they considered an unpatriotic comment. Jeff Schreiber, managing editor of the conservative blog America’s Right, claimed that “for @chrisrock to indict the US as he did is inappropriate at best.”

Schreiber also tweeted:

“Slavery existed for 2000yrs before America. We eradicated it in 100yrs. We now have a black POTUS. #Go (expletive) Yourself”

As the Huffington Post pointed out, Rock is no stranger to racially charged commentary. His 1996 special “Bring the Pain” featured a bit called “Niggas vs. Black People,” though Rock told 60 Minutes he has not performed it since then as “some people that were racist thought they had license to say n—–.”

Rock didn’t seem too bothered by the mess he created. His following tweet was about a potential trade for the New York Knicks. But his twitter followers wouldn’t let it go too easily. Lincolntf tweeted to Rock, “White men trading black men amuses you these days, eh?”

Do you think Chris Rock’s tweet was funny or did he go too far?


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LBAY
by Bronze Member on Jul. 4, 2012 at 12:40 PM
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Lol. Yes and its funny. Special day for me though! My son turns two today!
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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jul. 4, 2012 at 12:41 PM
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Happy LBAY's son Birthday today

:-)


Quoting LBAY:

Lol. Yes and its funny. Special day for me though! My son turns two today!
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lindilouwho82
by on Jul. 4, 2012 at 12:48 PM
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The first firworks display was not until 29 years after we gained our independence..

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jul. 4, 2012 at 12:49 PM
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I believe he was being facetious
And slaves were still slaves 29 years later


Quoting lindilouwho82:

The first firworks display was not until 29 years after we gained our independence..

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Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jul. 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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I wish I hadn't opened this. ugh

abigailesmommy
by on Jul. 4, 2012 at 12:51 PM
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This made me smile... :) I just know it would make my dh crack up. 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jul. 4, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Why?

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

I wish I hadn't opened this. ugh

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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jul. 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM
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Seriously....

Way to ruin a holiday...

Chris - Just go barbecue with your friends and stop being such a negative person.
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Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jul. 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM
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Ditto

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

I wish I hadn't opened this. ugh

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hopealways4019
by Silver Member on Jul. 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM
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Chris Rock is so funny! I understand what he saying
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