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Seriously, RNC, WTF?

Chip Saltsman, a candidate for the RNC chairmanship, sent out a CD that features the parody tune "Barack the Magic Negro."

Then to make things better, in keeping with what I'd expect from someone named "Chip," he basically defends this move by using the ever popular excuse that people are overreacting to a "joke" and that he believes that "most people recognize political satire when they see it."

Well, I do recognize political satire and given that:

Although satire is usually meant to be funny, the purpose of satire is not primarily humour in itself so much as an attack on something of which the author strongly disapproves, using the weapon of wit, ideally with the intent to bring about improvement

I would argue that any political satire that focuses on a politician's race, gender or other unalterable physical characteristic that doesn't impact his/her political ideology, philosophy, or actions is nothing more than a thinly veiled example of racism/sexism/etc... and there is no justification for those kinds of attacks.

So, I'm sorry Chip, but you're a fucking moron and no, something does not become "political satire" just because you say it is.

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I have no words.

Of course, Uboat does - he wants to know "What magic powers Obama has?!?"
an attack on something of which the author strongly disapproves, using the weapon of wit, ideally with the intent to bring about improvement

Maybe they're hoping that if they make fun of him for it enough... Barack will STOP BEING BLACK!!
If that was going to work Jesse Jackson would've done so instead of his comment about cutting off his nuts ;P.