December 30, 2014 at 12:42 pm #5130
The prospect of Idris Elba eventually replacing Daniel Craig as the next James Bond went from hypothetical internet speculation to something more substantial last week, when the Daily Beast uncovered an interesting nugget in the piles of hacked Sony emails.
“Idris should be the next Bond,” Sony Pictures chair Amy Pascal wrote, reportedly to a fellow studio executive.
That was enough to set conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh into a tizzy. Bond, he said on his radio programme last week, has a distinct ethnic profile that Mr Elba, who is black, doesn’t fit.
“He was white and Scottish, period. That is who James Bond is,” Limbaugh said, adding: “I know it’s racist to probably even point this out.”
“But the franchise needs to get with it, right?” he continued. “The franchise needs to get hip. The franchise needs to get with the 21st Century. That’s right. We had 50 years of white Bonds because Bond is white. Bond was never black.”
“Is there no end to the injustices faced by professional reverse-racism victim Rush Limbaugh?” asks Gawker’s Hudson Hongo.
To the right, if the character they love was originally white, then they should stay white forever”
The Daily Beast’s Dean Obeidallah says Limbaugh’s comments were “definitely” racist. “How else do you describe the notion that certain roles should be labelled as ‘whites only’?” he asks.
He writes that fictitious characters should be able to change with the times – including having black Bonds, black Santa Clauses, black orphan Annies, black Captain Americas and similar re-imagining of beloved icons.
“However, to the right, if the character they love was originally white, then they should stay white forever,” he says. “They view any updating of a character’s skin colour to reflect our nation’s changing demographics – and to open up primo roles to non-white actors, who’ve spent plenty enough decades playing servants and sharecroppers and so on – as a sacrilege.”December 30, 2014 at 1:40 pm #5134
A black Doctor Who?December 30, 2014 at 1:55 pm #5136
I’m laughing at that one.
Limbaugh is such a buffoon!December 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm #5137
I think somebody needs to find a black Limbaugh type. There is one, somewhere.
Find this person, and parody the shit out of Limbaugh.
Pure gold.December 30, 2014 at 2:26 pm #5138
Dave Chappelle already did it. It’s one of the greatest pieces of satire done in our time.
Clayton Bigsby, the black white supremacist. He was even a radio talk show host.December 30, 2014 at 2:35 pm #5139
Even more incisive was his bit on “The Niggar Family.”December 30, 2014 at 3:02 pm #5141
If one day James Bond is black. Big deal.
What’s got me upset is in the reboot of Fantastic Four. Johnny Storm is black. That’s what we should be upset about.December 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm #5146
Is white Sue Storm still his sister?December 30, 2014 at 7:02 pm #5151
Honestly, I don’t even know why it’s an issue. What is it about old, white, conservative men that has them so threatened by black people? It’s almost as if it’s early onset dementia or something.
Regardless, Rush Limbaugh again and again, over his career, has proven he has a race issue. Unless he’s being blown in exchange for money.December 30, 2014 at 9:22 pm #5155
God damn! That Dave Chappelle piece is hilarious genius. Thanks for linking it.December 31, 2014 at 8:24 am #5165
“Is white Sue Storm still his sister?”
Yes Sue Storm and Johnny Storm will be brother and sister. But it’s all PC correct.
After all. in comic book movies there now has to be a black person that’s a hero, a gay person that’s a hero. And a Muslim that’s a hero. But the villain can and still needs to be played by a white man. That will never change.December 31, 2014 at 8:37 am #5166
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