Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Michelle Obama = Elton Brand?!?

I'm a big fan of The Jim Rome Show, which is a very popular syndicated sports talk radio show for those unaware. Among the show's many quirks is when callers phone in and give their "take" in a cynical style similar to the Rome's deadpan humor. This brand of humor takes awhile to get used to, and if you don't know the show any better, you'd prolly find much of what's said offensive or just plain miss the funny.[1]

A minor controversy is surely about the gain steam since comedian Jay Mohr (SNL reject), a Rome Show regular, went a little too far and criticized the First Lady. The offensive passage comes around the 1:45 mark.

For those without soundcards, here's what he said.
Michelle Obama - that is a big dude. When Barack plays pick up games at the White House, you know he picks Michelle as his "4" (power forward), maybe his "5" (center) depending on who’s in Congress that day.

That has to be like being married to Elton Brand. She is a big dude. I like when she put her arm around the Queen of England – and she put her in a headlock and said, “I’ve been waiting 200 years to put my arms around you lady.”

I like how she shaved off her eyebrows, and then drew them back way to high – and in an arch – and then way back down, so she always looks super surprised. Michelle Obama kind of looks like the Count on Sesame Street. One … Ha Ha … One Black President … Ha Ha.

What a year. The cardinals make the Super Bowl, the Rockies make the World Series, and the President smokes Newports.

I'm sure I'll shock the Hell outta everyone by saying this, but lets please not make this bigger than it is. Mohr's joke was in poor taste, but that's all it was, a joke. I hear far worse, from far more famous people about the Obamas (including a "Barack doesn't eat coochie because it ain't deep fried" quip on Opie and Anthony the other day) everyday. Mohr isn't anything better than a D-Lister, whose wife (the redhead off Las Vegas) is more famous than him. Don't give the guy any added notoriety by turning this into something it's not. Mohr isn't Imus. Rome isn't Imus. This isn't too far removed from the whole Jamie Foxx/Miley Cyrus dustup.

It was just a joke. A not-so-funny one, but still just a joke. Let it ride.

Question: Was Jay Mohr's joke offensive or just not all that funny?


[1] And don't get it twisted, the show is an acquired taste, but it is hilarious.

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