Bigotry on Parade: Ignorant Words and Deeds of Those Who Should Know Better

There's innocent ignorance and there's willful ignorance; everybody should have the opportunity to learn. But, when your career is in the public eye, is in fact reliant upon the public, bigoted words and deeds aren't just sad, they're downright dumb. Here are a few instances of staggering ignorance from people who should know better!

PARIS HILTON, ONGOING

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Lay off the substances, woman. Currently in the news for claiming that "gay guys are disgusting" and that "most of them probably have AIDS," this isn't Paris's first stroll down Bigotry Boardwalk. She's sorry. What? I mean, she has apologized.

PARIS HILTON, RELENTLESS

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Paris has used "ni**ers" so many times, I'm thinking Jay-Z and Kanye owe her royalties. I mean, she's been recorded saying it multiple times, so you know it's a fixed part of her lexicon. First up, is a 2003 account of her saying it to two men behind their backs, after being nice to their faces. There's also her claiming that she and her sister, while "dancing" to Notorious B.I.G., are "like ni**ers"  (there's a bonus bigot moment when she goes on a fa**ot tangent). Lastly (yeah, right), there's her claim that she "can't stand Black guys. [She] would never touch one."  Mad that Ray J chose Kim K, huh?

FLOYD MAYWEATHER, ?--2010-?

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Someone was talking a lot of smack about how he wanted a piece of Manny Pac, but methinks he doth protest too much. Floyd was videotaped saying he was going to "cook that little yellow chump." Manny Pacquiao, who is Filipino, hit Money May Floyd in the pocket for not putting up or shutting up.

TED DANSON, 1993

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Ted was dating Whoopi Goldberg at the time of this incident, wearing black face and using "ni**er" during a roast of her, and she ended up claiming it was her idea.  Can't think of a way that those elements would be funny, especially with those two people involved. Nevertheless, Danson has steered clear of public racial missteps since and he is beloved in the industry (rightfully so).

TRACY MORGAN, ?--2011

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30 Rock's endearing divo didn't endear himself to fans when he claimed that he would "pull out a knife and stab [his son] to death" if he came home "acting" gay.  As if that wasn't already clearly beyond joke territory, he then asserted that gays need to stop being offended by everything. When people booed and walked out of the show, he shot back, "if they can [engage in butt s*x], they can take a...joke." Morgan has, it appears, been completely transformed, as his Lady Gaga-inspired shirt suggests. Yay, Tracy!

CHARLIE SHEEN, ?--2008

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Now that we know of Charlie's massive drug, alcohol, and narcotic intake, it seems almost unfair to criticize him for his outburst. Almost. Because there really isn't ever a case where one's mind should go there for insulting. His offense is particularly egregious, because it was directed at his ex-wife, Denise Richards, whom he called a "Fawking ni**er." He later apologized (you know, when it became public) and gave a shout-out to his black best man, which proved, y'all, that he couldn't be rac1st. Stupid, but not rac1st. He's kept a clean nose, racially, in public since then.

MILEY CYRUS, 2009

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By the time Miley and Co. decided to pose with squinted or pulled-back eyes, or with the stereotypical East Asian "demure laugh" hand, the Spanish basketball team had already done the same thing--at the Beijing Olympics, no less--and been called on the carpet for it. So, there was no reason for anyone to think they could get away with doing this and not get criticized. Needless to say, she was caught, and apologized. And has been stereotype-free ever since. Smile, Miley!

JOHN WAYNE, Infinity

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Nothing Wayne can do about his legacy of bigotry as he's now dead. He's included here, so people know what Chuck D meant. Here's just a tiny sample of his racism on display during a Playboy interview:

"But we can't all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks. I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don't believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people."

Play it again, Chuck.

DON IMUS, ?--2007--?

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It's surprising that Imus's "nappy-headed-hoes" comment, directed toward the Rutger women's basketball team during the 2007 championship game, was the one to get him fired. Mister had had a looooong history of using slurs ("ragheads") and other outright incendiary comments (referring to Black anchorwoman Glen Ifill as "cleaning lady") to get attention. He apologized, was fired, sued, settled, started over on satellite radio, and may or may not be back to his old tricks. (This chica ain't about to listen to find out.)

 MEL GIBSON, ?????????

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Having faced accusations of anti-Semitism in 2004, when his film The Passion of the Christ was released, Gibson was not surprised when director Joe Eszterhaus claimed earlier this year that the actor/director referred to Jewish people as "Hebes," "oven dodgers," and "Jewboys." He also denied the Holocaust, according to Joe Eszterhaus. Because of Gibson's decades-spanning bigotry, and his father's (and his) religious beliefs, the allegations of anti-Antisemitism were credible.

MEL GIBSON, ?????????

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While there's no audio or video (that we know of) of Eszterhaus's allegations, Gibson's Baby Mama was savvy enough to get all his hate on tape. In addition to calling a Mexican housekeeper a "wetback," Gibson wished  the following on the mother of his child: "...[I]f you get raped by a pack of ni**ers, it will be your fault." Wha...? Several seats, sir. Eternal time out. Evermore gag order.

ISAIAH WASHINGTON, 2006-2007

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Washington was a well-liked fixture on the popular nighttime soap opera Grey's Anatomy when he was called-out for calling a colleague "a fa**ot." Denying that he said it about a specific person, but rather said it generally, to symbolize weakness, didn't help his cause. Several cast mates allied against him, and, despite efforts to act as if all was well behind the scenes, Washington got the axe in 2007. He's apologized several times since the incident, but that hasn't led to more work. In Hollywood, it hasn't; Isaiah has been devoting his time to charitable efforts in Sierra Leone. That's something we can cheer for!

PRINCE HARRY

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 Yeah, yeah, the House of Windsor is upset by Harry;s unclothed shenanigans in Las Vegas this summer. But isn't it more embarrassing to have a person who is among the most educated (academics, sports, military) people in the world show up at a party wearing a swastika? The answer is yes. Even though the swastika was part of a Nazi costume that Harry was wearing to a Halloween party, the idea was certainly misguided. He has apologized, and has steered free of such public faux pas since.

AXL ROSE ?--1988-1992

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Guns n' Roses was the new rebellious band in the late '80s, during the same time that RUN DMC were Raising Hell with the success of their album. Yet, if GNR frontman Axl Rose had his way, the two wouldn't have been in the same room; after all, RUN DMC wore thick gold chains, and were black, so...THREAT. Rose penned his introspective lyrics for their 1988 single "One in a Million": "Police and ni**ers, that's right/get out of my way/don't need to by none of your/ gold chains today."  He threw in a "fa**ot," too, for bonus bigotry. Rose defended the song for a few years before giving up the ghost in 1992 and expressing remorse and regret about the lyrics.

RIHANNA, 2012--?

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Though some might say Rihanna's boast that "Chris Brown is the love of [her] life" is the most stupid thing she could do, they'd be wrong. It's one thing to acknowledge that the heart wants what it wants. It's a different thing altogether to apply gold hoop earrings and sunglasses to a bag of rice cakes and tweet the picture with the caption, "Ima make u my Itchbay." The reference is to Chris Brown's Vietnamese girlfriend Karrueche. Several of Rihanna's tweets are suspected to be directed toward Brown's new love, but none has been as rac1st. Come back over to the good side, RiRi. The non-rac1st side.

DOG, ?--2007--?

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See, this kind of thing right here. Dude told his son--grown son, mind you--that he could not date a black girl, because they use the word "ni**er" around there all the time, and he wasn't going to risk the girl hearing it and selling the story of how they were rac1st to a tabloid. Except, oops, he didn't need to worry about the girl, his son recorded and peddled the rac1st wares. A&E canceled the show for a time, but resumed production and broadcast after he went on an Apology Tour. Seeing as Dog was adamant that he and his family weren't rac1st, they just use the word, no two ways about it, the A&E/public forgiveness seemed a little hasty.

PROFESSOR GRIFF, 1989

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As the Minister of Information of righteous rap group Public Enemy, Griff made multiple statements disparaging homosexuals and Jews. In 1989, at the height of PE's popularity, Griff blamed Jews for "all the wickedness in the world." He and PE parted ways soon after, and, by 1990, he had undergone a Malcolm X-Mecca transformation, wherein he realized that his previous statement was rather ignorant. A real mensch can admit when he's wrong. Good on ya, Griff.

JOHN MAYER, 2010

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It seems as if Mayer has done so much to be disliked (e.g., his discography), you would think that there was no way he could top it. But that's where you'd be wrong. In a 2010 Playboy interview,* he bragged about how the Black people love him so. Alas, though the (Black) ladies love him, (Black) girls adore him, even the ones who never saw him...his nether regions cannot love them back. He said, "I have a Benetton heart and a David Duke (famous white supremacist)  [p*nis]."  Oh, don't forget his use of "ni**a" during the interview.

*What is it about Playboy interviewers getting racists to reveal themselves?

 MICHAEL RICHARDS, ?--2006

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Everybody loved Kramer. But Kramer, or the guy who played Kramer, didn't love everybody. During a set at a comedy club in 2006, Michael Richards decided to resort to brutal lynching imagery and slave tropes in order to exact revenge on some (Black) latecomers to his show. When they dared express disgust at his behavior, he unleashed a torrent of "ni**ers." Eventually they, and others in the audience walked out, but not before Richards tried to play it off like he was an edgy comedian whose material was thought-provoking. Only thought provoked: Whom do I see about my refund? Richards retired and went to explore the universe in 2007. So far, so good.

MITT ROMNEY, ?--2012--?

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 A secret tape at an expensive private fundraiser in Florida  has Mitt Romney writing off almost half the population (47%) as being firm Obama voters, about whom he can do nothing. Further, he called them victims,  entitled (because they want food!), and a whole bunch of other nonsense. Elsewhere on the tape, he lamented that his father, born in Mexico, was born to American parents, because he needs the latin vote. The immense criticism that washed over him might explain why he decided to do a little brownface when he showed up at a presidential forum in Miami a few nights later. It might explain it, but it doesn't excuse it. The darkness of his face, which he didn't even bother applying to his hands for consistency, was noticeable, even from afar. That he thought browning himself up in such an obvious way would win him votes shows how little he thinks of the voting public. The fact that he didn't bother doing his hands shows how little he thinks.

 

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  • Dissatisfied

    Wow. All of that just to end on a political note? Kudos, you turned an otherwise good article into total garbage.

  • mousehunt

    I am a tad surprised about some of these people being so brazen as to say something so ignorant. I am glad, tho, that you included how some of these people have tried to redeem themselves. At the very least it shows that they recognized they were wrong and corrected their ignorant ways.

  • mousehunt

    I am a tad surprised about some of these people being so brazen as to say something so ignorant. I am glad, tho, that you included how some of these people have tried to redeem themselves. At the very least it shows that they recognized they were wrong and corrected their ignorant ways.

  • LFT

    Where was Paula Deen?