Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Quote of the Day

"For years I've suggested that racism was in decline and yeah, there are some, you know, incidents that still happen with regards to racism, but most of the claims I've said for years, well, they're not really real. But I realize now that I was wrong. For I now too feel the pain of racism. Racism has been dropped at my front door and the front door of all lighter-skinned Americans. The health care bill the president just singed into law includes a 10 percent tax on all indoor tanning sessions starting July 1st, and I say, who uses tanning? Is it dark-skinned people? I don't think so. I would guess that most tanning sessions are from light-skinned Americans. Why would the President of the United States of America -- a man who says he understands racism, a man who has been confronted with racism -- why would he sign such a racist law? Why would he agree to do that?"

-- Doc Thompson, filling in for Glenn Beck on his radio show

Actually, the real Quotes of the Day are from Jason Linkins and the readers over at HuffPo, who are crapping bananas over this blatantly racist comment.

You know, I've been more than willing to be part of the pile-on when one of the right-wing types says something genuinely racist -- and Lord knows it happens on occasion. But a little tip for the other side: Nobody's going to listen to you when you rail against something truly hateful if you work up the same amount of outrage over something that's obviously a freaking joke.

On that note:

Related: DXM: Why So Serious?/4.25.08


Anon said...

Lemme get this straight.
We already tax extra products or services that can be hazardous to people's health - say, cigarettes.

What makes tanning any different?

Of course, Glenn Beck's sub just has to Out-Beck him, to make Beck look more sane.

em said...

Wow--as someone who has never had to (nor would want to) use a tanning bed in her life, I have to say that he's right--people should not be taxed extra for tanning. Because really, isn't walking around looking like a fucking Oompah Loompah (or worse, the douchebags from Jersey Shore) punishment enough for wanting a fake tan in the first place?

L. said...

Huh. I expected Boehner to be the one to get his panties in a twist over that part of the bill.

Milton said...

if he likes to tann so much maybe he should go to Kenya or Angola - i hear it's sunny there all year long.

Alanna said...

So let me get this straight. It's racist to discourage people from doing something that may, very well, directly cause skin cancer?

Well, fuck, pass me the grape soda there, boy...attacking indoor tanning? pshh, ain't nothing sacred anymore.

Scarecrow tactics.

CNNfan said...

Solution: All we have do to make the healthcare bill fair for all Americans is start taxing darker-skinned Americans for outdoor tanning sessions.

Absolutely no racism is intended by this clean joke
about race. So don't be offended by this humor.

Kevin Davis said...

Damn this guy. I just had a 2 hour discussion with relatives I see once a year on this. The greatest part was he advocated taxing smoking and fatty foots and saw no disconnect there.

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure he is making fun of the dumb claims of racism by the other side...just sayin'.

This clause in the bill is just about as pointless and ridiculous as the fact that all fast food companies have to put nutrition facts on their drive-thru menus. Do you think a 10% tax is going to save lives? Do you really think I'm not going to get a McGriddle sandwich because McDonalds posted the nutrition facts? Oh maybe I'll get a salad...

Pass the grape soda on a bill that is 2500 pages and is absolutely fucking ridiculous and we have to go against the majority of the country and threaten opposing partisan congressman in order to pass. Cheers to democracy... I mean cheers to right-wing "scarecrow" tactics and the 20 trillion dollars of debt in 2020 (90% GDP) and the quadrupled amount of interest we'll be paying. But then again, liberals don't give a shit.

Anonymous said...

When reading, it is so absurd that it must be a joke. Having heard the rant, it seemed real.

Who can say anymore? People's defenses are high and they are scared.

Things have become so twisted and warped, it can be hard to discern between satire and straightforward opinion.

So is Glenn Beck just satire? Is he just outdoing Colbert?

Either way, it should just be ignored.

Alanna said...

@Anon 2:35am - did our brains just meld? That was cool.

Norm said...

@Alanna - was that sarcasm? (that was my post at 2:35. wasn't logged in).

@Anonymous 8:26am - Glenn Beck is a satirical joke for sure. I'm sure he is actually a conservative wacko, but I think he is an extremist purely for ratings. There are truths behind what he rants about, but he just tries to cross boundaries and find creative ways to express himself so he can make some money. I think if you are a republican, you'll find humor and entertainment in what he says. If you aren't, you'll be disgusted.

Alanna said...

No, norm, was not sarcasm at all :).