Thursday, March 18, 2010
For those needing a back story, last Friday on his weekly Sirius XM show, Jamie Foxx and Friends (who got in trouble last year for some bad words about Miley Cyrus) overstepped their bounds and went in on poor Gabourey Sidibe. It wasn't nice. Cop the headphones, cause this is definitely language that ain't safe for the Day Job. Cube-dwellers, you have been forewarned.
Predictably, some black people are screamin' mad.
Folks, I hate to break it to ya'll, but these are comedians. They are paid to say funny stuff, and sometimes this stuff is gonna be crude.
Sure, Foxx (who isn't even the funniest person on his own show) comparing Precious to Biggie Smalls, mostly based on skin tone and build is heartless, and in bad spirit. But then again, this is a subscription-based radio show, not NPR. Folks (myself included) tune in to hear Johnny Mack, Speedy, Corey, Jamie and Co. act a d*mn fool. The show is never PC, which is what makes satellite radio worth the $11/month. And yeah, I laughed my a$$ off during this routine and didn't find it all that different from Howard Stern's similar stab at Sidibe, which granted, was more mean-spirited than funny.
Turrible as both Stern and Foxx's words were, reality is, it's a free country, and they're both entitled to say dumb sh*t, because neither does anything of significance (starring in Stank Robbers doesn't carry the same weight as being an elected official. Sorry.) other than entertain. Period.
Question: Ashy Or Classy?!? Was the FoxxHole's jab at Gabourey Sidibe heartless and unconscionable, or do comedians have free reign to push the envelope, so long as those who pay to hear them aren't offended?
Jamie Foxx Calls Gabourey Sidibe "The Notorious Precious" [AOLBlackVoices]
 If you want to call me a hypocrite for getting upset about DL Hughley calling the Rutgers girls "nappy headed hoes", but laughing at Jamie Foxx making fun of Precious, go right ahead. I'm a big boy, I can take it.