Chris Rock: 'Romney Is Blacker Than Obama'
On Friday night, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel gave Chris Rock an opportunity to appeal to white voters to support the President's re-election.
During a pre-recorded video trying to prove how white the former junior senator from Illinois really is, Rock said, "Even Mitt Romney is blacker than Obama" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
JIMMY KIMMEL, HOST: As you know, the presidential election is on Tuesday. According to the polls, Obama and Romney are still neck and neck. Both campaigns made their like final push today. Romney has a very strong lead among white voters, but some prominent Obama supporters are looking to chip into that and our friend Chris Rock is one of them. Chris Rock is from Brooklyn, here in Brooklyn, and tonight, he's recorded a special message for us targeted specifically at undecided voters of the Caucasian variety. So listen and decide for yourself.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
CHRIS ROCK: Hi, I'm Chris Rock with a special message for white people. In times like these, you need a white president you can trust. And that white president's name is Barack Obama. Let's take a look at the facts. For the first two-thirds of his life, Barack Obama was known as Barry, which is the third whitest name on earth right after Cody and Jeff. And these are the white people who raised Barry - Madeleine and Stanley Dunham. They’re so white they have to wear sunglasses because they are hurting each other's eyes.
After college, Barry went into black neighborhoods in Chicago to try to organize people. How white is that? Black people don't go into black communities. We don't have to. We're already there.
Look at him. Playing golf. Body surfing. Wearing mom jeans. Dancing with Ellen. Barack Obama supports gay marriage. Most black men don't even support straight marriage. President Obama has a dog. But is it a pit bull? Is it a Rottweiler? No. It's a Portuguese water dog. And he named him Bo, after one of the Dukes of Hazard. And let's not forget, Barack Obama is whiter than Snooki, the tanning mom and Tara Reid.
Even Mitt Romney is blacker than Obama. This is Obama’s family. And these are the Romneys. Look at that. Kids, cousins, aunts, uncles. Mitt Romney’s family has more people in it than a Tyler Perry movie.
And if you're still not convinced, check this out.
(BEGIN SECOND VIDEO CLIP)
BARACK OBAMA BEING SWORN IN AS PRESIDENT: I, Barack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear, I am a white guy. So help me God.
(END SECOND VIDEO CLIP)
ROCK: If you want a white president, I’ve got a polo-wearing, Hawaii-living, home beer-brewing, league bowling guy for you. Barry Obama. He's juuuuuuuuust WHITE.
This of course was all in good fun and quite humorous.
However, it furthered the liberal view that white people opposed to Obama are so because of the color of his skin and not his policies.
Beyond this, imagine for a moment a conservative commentator trying to prove even jokingly that Romney was "whiter" than Obama by using numerous racial stereotypes.
You think Kimmel would have aired such a thing?
Yes, that's a rhetorical question.