Katt Williams is a really funny stand-up comedian who uses the word nigger with such repetition and with so much emphasis that after watching his act, I felt kind of deprived. I want to say nigger too! Of all ethnic slurs, it is clearly the most offensive, yet somehow the most ubiquitous in our present pop culture.
When Katt Williams uses it, the word refers to a group whose coolness can never be usurped by White people. We are on the outside looking in, terminally lame.
But sometimes, when I watch Black comedians who aren’t as funny, I start to fret about their use of negative Black stereotypes. I start to wonder why it’s okay for Black people to find humor in being perceived so disparagingly…as thugs, or womanizers, or just illiterate. It’s hard to imagine Jews or Asians taking such pleasure in a stance of “Look how cheap we are!” or “We love to work at nail salons!” I just don’t get it, but I’m sure there’s some explanation. Richard Pryor probably had the answer.
I brought this up in the car, and pointed out that Asians don’t greet each other with “Hey, Ching-Chong!” This brought laughter from certain quarters, but not from any husbands who shall remain nameless here. I am serious about this, though, so please feel free to enlighten me.
Meanwhile, Madonna has now accused her detractors of being racist, saying that prejudice is behind all the controversy: “I think a lot of people have a problem with the fact that I’ve adopted an African child, a child who has a different color skin than I do.”
Poor Madonna! She doesn’t watch TV or read newspapers, so no wonder she’s so out of it. I personally wouldn’t mind getting to carry around a cute African baby. I would also like to have a platypus. Oh well. If only I was Katt Williams, I could tell Madonna, “Nigger, take that red Kabbala shit off that baby’ wrist!” She will never, ever be that baby’ mama, no matter how many talk-show hosts she finds time to bother.