Mar 6, 2017
The Daily Show: Larry Wilmore Awards Outstanding Achievements In Racial WTF-ery
To mark a year that saw the Voting Rights Act overturned because it’s outdated at the same time that states made it harder for people to vote, here’s The Daily Show’s Larry Wilmore to recognize some outstanding accomplishments in racial nontranscendence. Or as he put it, for “breaking down racial barriers that nobody asked you to break.”
You’ll never guess which former Alaska governor won one of them. Or maybe you will!
Like most Wilmore segments, it’s got a nice sense of commonsense astonishment at the everyday racial stupidity that Americans are capable of; I had to wonder about one editorial decision, near the end of the clip, where they show screenshots of racist tweets about Richard Sherman — they’ve included only tweets calling him a “monkey” instead of the far more inflammatory (and, I suspect, more common) tweets that come right out and call him “nigger.” I can certainly understand why the producers might do that — wanting to avoid anyone getting screencaps of The Daily Show with that word front and center — but leaving out the very worst messages seems to undercut the point Wilmore was making about the episode launching a “niggalanch” of racist tweets.
On the other hand, since it’s not exactly subtle, maybe there was no need to underline it — Sherman himself probably had the best commentary on the racial coding in a lot of rightwing invective:
“It seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the n-word nowadays. It’s like everybody else said the n-word and then they say ‘thug’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, that’s fine.’”