By Lavern Merriweather:
At this year’s Cannes film festival, a French comedian named Laurent Lafitte made a disparaging comment about noted director Woody Allen. In reference to sex abuse allegations of his adopted daughter Dylan that have recently resurfaced, Lafitte made a rape joke. He even compared Allen to the other kiddie rapist director Roman Polanski.
Well, his daring, unflinching humor upset actress Blake Lively, the star of Allen’s latest movie. Blake berated Mr. Lafitte for being tasteless and said his joke was offensive.
Now, I have a whole host of reasons why I think that Blake can seriously shove it up her perfectly tone ass.
The main one is that Allen is a public figure and has been one for some time. So, he is fair game. On top of that, the guy’s behavior is just flat out weird and creepy, no matter how many people want to be his apologist.
Although Allen’s non-biological daughter has persisted in accusations that he molested her when she was a child, there are those who continue to defend him. On one website, a bunch of idiots were protecting Allen by saying that he and Mia, his ex-lover, had separate homes and rarely ever saw each other.
Here’s the thing. I get that New York is a huge city, that there are miles people have to travel to see one another. However, Mia and Woody were a long time couple, maybe not in the traditional sense, but you can’t be with another human being and not at some point spend a lot of time together. White people who make such stupid excuses are doing it, because they hate to believe that a beloved white celebrity can also be a despicable sack of shit. I say too fucking bad.
White folks had NO problem calling the late Michael Jackson a pervert every chance they could get. They fail to mention that both families of the accusers had very questionable credibility, something white people love to focus on whenever a white celebrity is charged with a heinous crime. I can’t think of anything more heinous than betraying the trust of a minor who imagined you as not only a parent but a guardian against bad things in the world. Yet, when forced to consider that type of behavior from a fellow white male, the same folks demonizing black people want to turn tail and run or they get butthurt when a comedian ridicules someone that they hold in high esteem.
Instead of attacking this French man, maybe Blake should take a long hard look at who she is supporting. I don’t recall any white person getting so damn up in arms when white and black people were taking countless cheap shots at Michael. Aren’t white people the very ones lecturing everybody else not white about freedom of speech? How comedy is supposed to be funny, not safe and that they should get a thicker skin because it’s just a joke? I have heard that rhetoric spewed by white people so many times it has become a go-to doctrine. Yet, when a semi-famous white woman doesn’t like a joke made at the expense of somebody she admires or appreciates, she demands that the rules white folks made be changed.
Sorry sweetie, you can’t have it both ways. You don’t get to preach to black folks or anybody else what you yourself ain’t practicing.
See, this is why when white people are insensitive dicks that feel they can say whatever and the rest of us should just tolerate it, I quickly call bullshit. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean you get to be a complete asswipe, and it damn sure don’t mean that you don’t have to adhere to the same discourse that you expect from others. Mr. Lafitte has every right to target whomever he damn well pleases.
Which brings me to the other instance of white people being able to dish it out yet not take it themselves.
Actor Marlon Wayans was on Huffpost Live to promote his film parody 50 Shades of Black when he made a snide comment about biker Lance Armstrong and his cheating. The female host’s face immediately became indignant, and she hurriedly made a point about Armstrong having cancer. After getting rudely interrupted, Marlon complained by uttering “Did you just cut me off?”
Okay, first off, what the fuck does that sneaky ass scumbag having a potentially fatal disease have to do with anything? Perhaps this fool damaging his system with performance enhancing drugs was what made him susceptible to cancer in the first place. Still, we are told to overlook his lying, using and destroying those around him reputations because of his cancer? That’s complete and utter bullshit!
It flies in the face of white folks and their so-called crusade against baseball player Barry Bonds. Once again, when a black male is at the center of an allegation or controversy, it’s acceptable to berate and poke fun at them. But when it’s a white person, particularly a white male, we are required to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear.
I’ll bet cash money that if Marlon had made a joke about another black man, the host would have laughed and thought it was funny. Of course, that is how white people in the media operate. As long as we are vilifying each other, it’s absolutely fine. However, if either a black person or white person steps out of line and goes against script, then the claws of whiteness come out.
And that brings me to another example of white privilege denying the same guidelines that they have set.
New host of the Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” Trevor Noah is getting flak from Fake Noise eye candy Megyn Kelly because he made some not-so-polite comments after her interview with presidential candidate Donald Trump. Noah said that her queries of Trump were lame and not hard hitting.
I haven’t seen the interview, nor do I want to. So, I will have to take his word for it. But as a typical white female sucking on her white daddy’s dick to stay employed, I can guess Kelly would never bite the hand that feeds.
This is why I didn’t buy all that righteous outrage once Trump insulted her when she moderated the Republican debate the first time. I’m like, “Bitch please, you work for one of the most sexist, sleazy networks on TV, but Trump is a misogynist jerk?” Methinks the lady doth protest too much, as did Blake Lively.
Sometimes in life one’s words have a tendency to come back and bite them on their rear. And they should.
I – for one – think that if Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Mike Tyson, Mr. Bonds, Bill Cosby, Kobe Bryant and whichever black man who is the new donkey of the week can be chastised, then so can white males. The problem is that we as black folks never take these assholes to task. So, they think that they can keep telling us what is what and we won’t push back.
I want to see more white males with their feet held to the fire. Then maybe, just maybe, they will realize that they are no less vulnerable than those that they like to take jabs at.