Crotchety Old Man Makes Racist Joke About President Obama
No. Must be a Southern thing, then?
Well, that's also Don Rickles, the adorable old racist who -- at the Legend Award's Tribute to Shirley MacClaine -- dropped this comment during his speech: ""President Obama is a personal friend of mine," said Rickles. "He was over to the house yesterday, but the mop broke."
This is me cringing. But what are you going to do? He's 85-years-old. You could protest, but what are you going to protest? TVLand has already agreed to edit the comment out of their broadcast, and the only time that Rickles gets out of the house is when he's invited out to make remarks that were off-color in the 1960s at celebrity roasts featuring celebrities of which he has probably never heard. I suppose we could threaten to deface his tombstone:
"Here lies Don Rickles. His entire career consisted of insults and casual racism. But he wasn't racist. He really liked The Help."
According to Rickles' rep, however, he's not being "censored." He's being edited for time. "Before all of this started, we knew Don's spot would be cut a bit for time, as would others, including possibly Shirley herself since the show ran over and we knew it was likely that might be edited. This is a non-story and requires no further comment."
Now that's just a load of bullshit. We should all overreact and start a Facebook campaign to have Rickles killed. WHO'S WITH ME?