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.
*MSNBC’s Touré tried to show viewers where Kenya is — and got it hilariously wrong.
The host was doing a report on the bloody battle for the Kenya mall where dozens of people were shot and killed over the weekend. He tried to give viewers a “Monday geography refresher,” and incorrectly stated, “Kenya is located on the northern coast of Africa.”
BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski caught it and responded:
Watch the clip below.
*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.)
*In his latest posting at Time magazine, cultural/political pundit Touré writes that the reelection of President Obama would do more to create racial harmony in the U.S. than the president’s first election in 2008.
He goes on the say that if Obama is reelected after a whole term which has humanized him significantly from his first term, it would prove that an African American, even the President of the United States, longer has to be “twice as good” as the average white person to get ahead.
Touré says that the racial implications of Obama’s reelection would be powerful. Remember that in 2007, the Los Angeles Times described the now 44th president as a “magical” black man.
Now, however, after four years of governance and with his approval and favorability ratings having come down to earth, Obama’s reelection would signal that voters can see past his skin color and support him despite the fact that he is a fallible human being.
“For [Americans] to embrace a nonmagical black person who cannot promise anything but hope, intelligence, sweat and experience, now that comes closer to equality. Equality is freedom from having to be twice as good to get ahead,” Touré concludes.
Read/learn more at Time.
As we previously reported, Touré – one of the co-hosts of the network’s “The Cycle” – accused Mitt Romney of “using racial coding” to “other” President Barack Obama with “really deep stereotypes about the angry black man.”
“I know it’s a heavy thing,” he said. “I don’t say it lightly, but this is ‘niggerization’.”
Now he’s walked back his comment with an apology: “On yesterday’s show, in discussion about the presidential race, I used a word to make a point. In retrospect, I muddied the discussion by using the N word. I could’ve made my point without that word. I shouldn’t have used it, and for that I’m sorry.”
Touré was discussing Romney’s speech in Ohio on Tuesday, in which the Republican nominee described the President as “angry and desperate.” Romney also characterized the President’s campaign as divisive and hateful.
Watch as Romney makes his comments about Obama and Touré’s response: