Garofalo: Tea parties are ‘racism straight up’


(RAWSTORY)   MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann couldn’t resist challenging The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart one more time on Thursday for the title of king ofscrotum-based humor. “Tea-bagging has now petered out — t’aint what it used to be,” he suggested cheerfully, before introducing actress and activist Janeane Garofalo to comment in a more serious vein on the tea party protests.

“Let’s be very honest about what this is about,” Garofalo began. “It’s not about bashing Democrats. It’s not about taxes. … This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. It is nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging rednecks and there is no way around that.”

“You can tell these type of right-wingers anything, and they’ll believe it — except the truth,” Garofalo went on. “You tell them the truth and it’s like showing Frankenstein’s monster fire. They become confused and angry and highly volatile.”

“What do you do about it, though?” Olbermann asked. “How do you break through that?”

“I don’t think you do, for most of them,” Garofalo replied. “It’s almost pathological.”

“I didn’t know there were so many racists left,” she continued. “The Republican-hyphen-conservative movement has now crystallized into the white power movement. … The Republican Party now depends upon immigrant-bashing and hating the black guy in the White House.”

“Fox doesn’t mind fomenting it,” Garofalo concluded. “Michele Bachmann doesn’t mind fomenting it. Glenn Beck doesn’t mind fomenting it. … What have they got if they don’t have this? … It’s like an identity politics of the worst kind.”

Garofalo’s hyper-partisan remarks have already aroused strong reactions on both sides of the political divide. A blog at the Christian Science Monitor described her as “like a Rush Limbaugh but on the left” but then quoted a typical mixture of right-wing blogs accusing her of playing the race card and harboring “hatred toward conservatives” with left-wing blogs calling her “a real American hero” and saying that “her central argument … is a solid one.”

2 Responses to Garofalo: Tea parties are ‘racism straight up’

  • Tea parties started before Obama, the lady is another hollywood clown and it does seem that the place is full of arrogant, callous people that seem to not have a good thing to say about the American people. It is sad because most of the people that they trash are the ones paying to see there movies, shows, buy there junk. “WE THE PEOPLE” just can not seem to understand that the power is in your hands, the hollywood clowns bad mouth “WE THE PEOPLE” you boycout everything they do are they are a part of hit them where it counts the pocket book. “WE THE PEOPLE” for to long now have forgot the power of the consummer, for that fact the power of the voter also because the politicians want your vote. People want change they most remember “UNITED WE STAND DEVIDED WE FALL” we need to start understanding what this means. Get together put differences aside and find a common cause, one that will benefit “WE THE PEOPLE” thier is power in numbers the people just need to put petty diferences aside.

  • first they laugh. then when that does not work and it seems the tea parties are ramping up, they will then go on to name calling, slandering, and vicious attacks, and when that doesn’t work it’ll get ugly. essentially they’re losing control. it’s just sad people have to even watch their desperation… main stream media is on the way out and really, i’m all for it so we can get back to some truthful reporting.

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