This Week In Bigotry

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Welcome to this week in bigotry, where I highlight all of the expressions of racist, homophobic, and sexist sentiments that make this country so grand — for the idiot sect of the American population anyway. To the rest of us it just reminds us that people should value contraceptives. Just kidding. Well, no, not really.

Let us begin with, Frank D. Hargrove, a member of the Virginia state legislature. In a newspaper interview published on Tuesday, Hargrove said slavery ended nearly 140 years ago with the Civil War and added that “our black citizens should get over it.”

The 79-year-old Republican lawmaker (though he looks old enough to have actually owned slaves) also posed a smart ass rhetorical question in bigot-like manner: He asked whether Jews should also apologize for the crucifixion of Christ.

In a shock to all, Hargrove also opposes a pending House resolution that would have the state of Virginia issue an apology for slavery.

Protesters are calling for Hargrove to be censured. I propose he work the fields picking cotton day in and day out for four hundred years then have his children and their children, and their children’s children subjected to a century of government-sponsored laws reducing him to second class citizenship. I’m undecided on affirmative action, school admission, and negative campaign ads highlighting his melanin count and possible dabbles in miscegenation.

Next person lined-up is Grey’s Anatomy co-star Isaiah Washington. As you’ve been told over and over again in the media, Washington got into an altercation with co-star Patrick Dempsey over Washington’s referencing other Grey’s co-star, T.R. Knight, a faggot.

On Monday, however, when asked about the incident, Washington denied it by answering reporters, saying, “No I did not call T.R. Knight a faggot.”

Genius. That’s like Hargrove apologizing with, “I’m sorry niggers, slavery was really bad.”

Of course, Knight has already appeared on Ellen to confirm the incident did in fact take place, making Washington a liar.

Washington has since issued an apology:

“I apologize to T.R., my colleagues, the fans of the show and especially the lesbian and gay community for using a word that is unacceptable in any context or circumstance.

“By repeating the word Monday night, I marred what should have been a perfect night for everyone who works on ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ I can neither defend nor explain my behavior.

“I can also no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I’ve asked for help.

“I know the power of words, especially those that demean. I realize that, by using one filled with disrespect, I have hurt more than T.R. and my colleagues. With one word, I’ve hurt everyone who has struggled for the respect so many of us take for granted.”

Washington once portrayed a gay man in the Spike Lee-directed film, Get On The Bus.

And rounding out this week in bigotry is Puffy (sorry I’m nostalgic) getting the time honored “____ wake up call.”

Puffy was denied entrance to a Golden Globes after party held at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles. He and a security guard got into a very heated discussion over him not being allowed into the event. According to TMZ, five minutes after Puffy arrived, Golden Globe winner and The Queen star Helen Mirren was admitted with open arms. A 65-year-old woman was allowed into an after party before the man who will spend thousands of dollars on alcohol for random people just to prove how fantastic he is to all.

When I first read about this, I had already put together a scene in my mind that concluded with the security guard telling Puffy, “take that, take that.” But, since I can infer what is the root behind all of this, such jokes can’t be fully thought out.

That’s this week in bigotry, folks.

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