It’s time for some Friday Funnyness.
Soooo, how ’bout some snarkiness, courtesy of the one and only Touré.
*Is an anchor war brewing between MSNBC’s Touré and CNN’s Don Lemon?
Regarding the subject of black on black crime, Toure of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” labeled Lemon as a “white leader” for not speaking up against white-on-white violence.
Toure took to Twitter on Sunday to lash out against Lemon, as well as Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh, who he put in the same category.
Why aren’t white leaders like Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh and Don Lemon doing anything to combat white on white violence??? #SOS
— Touré (@Toure) December 9, 2013
He continued to tweet on the matter, and soon received a series of responses from followers who disagreed.
The drama started in July, when Lemon supported O’Reilly’s controversial statements criticizing the black community. Lemon added that if black people wanted to fix the problems in their community, they should hike up their pants, finish school, not use the n-word, take care of their communities and not have children out of wedlock.
Touré later apologized for using the term “white leaders,” claiming it may have been misunderstood:
Sorry for the confusion folks. “White leaders” was meant to connote “leaders of white people” not “leaders who are white.”
— Touré (@Toure) December 9, 2013
So far, Lemon has not responded to Touré on Twitter.
*Co-host of MSNBC’s daytime show “The Cycle” Touré joined HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill Thursday and defended his network’s all-white primetime lineup.
The cable news industry has come under criticism for its lack of diversity generally, and within primetime in particular. Though MSNBC has several African-American hosts, none of them anchor primetime shows.
But Touré said that within MSNBC’s modern era, there have only been five hosts to fit into three valuable slots — and the current lineup of Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell is “brilliant” and “extraordinary.”
“If you were able to say to me that there is a person who is not brilliant … then you can say something, but we have three extraordinary people,” he said. Asked by Hill whether or not there was an endemic hostility to hosts of color in primetime at MSNBC, Touré said there wasn’t.
“I don’t think that there’s a barrier to where [MSNBC chief] Phil Griffin’s like, ‘I’m not going to hire a black person,’” he said. “We have an openly gay woman at 9:00. We are liberal with a lowercase L. We are gonna open the doors to people. I could surely see at some point the right person come along and get one of the spots.” (Watch the interview below.)
*During a discussion on MSNBC’s “The Cycle” of Mitt Romney’s recent statement that President Obama should “take [his] campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago,” co-host Touré said he believes there are explicit racial connotations beneath Romney’s words, calling it the “niggerization” of the campaign.
“That really bothered me,” he said. “You notice he said anger twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man,” said Toure. “This is part of the playbook against Obama, the ‘otherization,’ he’s not like us.”
“I know it’s a heavy thing, I don’t say it lightly, but this is ‘niggerization,’” Touré said to the apparent shock of his co-panelists. “You are not one of us, you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.”
Conservative co-host S.E. Cupp immediately pushed back, taking particular issue with the fact that Touré admitted that VP Joe Biden‘s “chains” comments were divisive, but is now calling Romney a “racist” for saying the Obama campaign is “angry.”
“Do you see how dishonest that is?” she asked.
Touré denied calling anyone a racist, which prompted Cupp to say, “Certainly you were implying that Mitt Romney and the base will respond to this dog-whistle, racially-charged coding, and hate Obama, the angry black man?”
“Absolutely,” he replied.
“That’s so irresponsible,” Cupp said.
“This is not a revolutionary comment,” Touré later said. “This is a constituency all-white party that rejects the black vote.”
“You have two white guys in Joe Biden and Mitt Romney,” Cupp clarified. “Joe Biden made the overtly racial comment and has a history of making bigoted remarks. Mitt Romney was responding to the comment. Yet he is the one responsible for the whole Republican history of racism in politics?”
“That’s not what Touré is saying,” co-host Krystal Ball interjected. “You’re twisting his words.”
“No, he can speak for himself,” Cupp shot back.
“He’s using the playbook Republicans have been using for decades now,” Touré concluded.
Watch the entire exchange below.
Actually, it’s taking advantage of the fact that host Dylan Rattigan is leaving and has decided to try something new. It’s replacing Rattigan with “The Cycle.” Journalist and outspoken pop culture commentator Touré will be one of the hosts.
Besides Touré , the program will feature conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, author and pundit Touré, Salon writer Steve Kornacki and former Congressional candidate Krystal Ball. All were previously contributors to the network. The show launches on Monday at 3 PM, according to the Huffington Post.
The four hosts and Steve Friedman, executive producer of “The Cycle,” spoke to The Huffington Post about the show on Thursday afternoon.
Friedman said that plans for the new show began two or three months ago, when Ratigan told MSNBC executives he was thinking of leaving.
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“The Cycle” will be an ensemble show; all four hosts will appear every day, with each one taking turns facilitating the discussion. If that sounds like a certain 5 PM Fox News show, the team behind “The Cycle” is well aware of it. In an interview on Thursday, Cupp, Kornacki, Touré and Ball all jokingly pretended not to know what “The Five” is, and Friedman flatly rejected the notion that his new show was derivative.
“When ‘The Five’ started, did you go and ask them if they were doing ‘The View’?” he asked. “When ‘The View’ started, did you ask them if they were doing the ‘Today’ show?”
“The concept of an ensemble show is extraordinarily old,” Touré added.
Read/learn more at Huffington Post.