You know that insane grandmother you have that still says “colored people” and casually drops off-hand racist remarks but claims not to be racist because she just loved The Help? And you know how, when she starts going on about “the blacks,” how you’ll just cringe and nod your head because you know she’s 85 years old and so set in her ways that it doesn’t do a damn bit of good to confront her because it’ll just get her riled up and before you know it, she’s ranting and raving because she thinks you’re going to run off and marry a black woman and then she’ll have to disown you, even though she’s seriously not racist because, really, she loved The Help?
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?