by Scoobie Davis
Rush Limbaugh Denounces as "Vile" a Gone With The Wind Satire Similar To His Own From Last Year
Last week, I read a post in James Taranto's blog about alleged liberal racism. Taranto cites three allegedly racist editorial cartoons that were originally cited by Rush Limbaugh, a man devoted to racial equality. Here is Limbaugh's main comment about the cartoons: "It is grotesque. It is insulting. It is vile. It is angry. It is childish, and it is typical I think of what the left has become."
Oh Really? Let's discuss the allegedly racist cartoons (each are posted on Limbaugh's web site with his diatribe):
1)The Oliphant cartoon that portrays Rice as a parrot. The only thing that can be considered remotely racist is Limbaugh's allegation that Oliphant exaggerated Rice's/the parrot's facial features. I don't see anything inherently racist here--though perhaps a case could be made (but Limbaugh didn't make one).
2) The Doonesbury/Brown Sugar cartoon. Perhaps this is insensitive, but it's pretty tame stuff to be criticized by someone like Limbaugh.
3) The Danziger cartoon. This is the least defensible cartoon (Not surprisingly, because it's the least defensible, it's what shows Limbaugh to be a huge hop-headed hypocrite). The Danziger cartoon has a caricature of Rice paraphrasing the Butterfly McQueen character in Gone With The Wind, saying, "I don't know nuthin' about aluminum tubes." Here's what Limbaugh said about it:
She is barefoot with her legs spread, and she says, "I knows all about aluminum tubes," [sic] and then, "Correction: "I don't know nunthin' about aluminum tubes..." I guess this has to do with weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and centrifuges and so forth. I really have no idea, but it doesn't matter. He's got some dumb black woman sitting barefoot obviously in a rocking chair trying to feed aluminum tubes with a bottle, saying, "I knows all about aluminum tubes." Once again: mocking black speech, making fun of it.
Notice that Limbaugh doesn't mention that it parodies words from the Butterfly McQueen character in Gone with the Wind. I know why he didn't: because Limbaugh himself has used the very same line from Gone With the Wind to mock a black female Democrat and he didn't want to remind his listeners about it. Last year, I reported how Limbaugh had a tasteless ad parody of Gone With the Wind featuring the Democratic presidential candidates. When the announcer in the parody said Carol Moseley-Braun's name, a sound-alike of Butterfly McQueen screams, "I don't know nothin' about runnin' for no president!"
What a dick!