10 Most Bigoted Remarks of 2007

December 30, 2007

It’s time once again for a top ten list. This time we’re going to look at the 10 Most Bigoted Remaks of 2007 (and part of 2006). It’s hard to believe that these things still happen, but unfortunately they do.

Honorable Mention – Jamie Foxx

This year, Michael Vick may have been the sports controversy of the year when he was busted for taking part in dog fighting, and everyone had something to say about it, even Jamie Foxx. Here’s the quote:

“It’s a cultural thing, I think. Most brothers didn’t know that, you know. I used to see dogs fighting in the neighborhood all the time. I didn’t know that was Fed time. So, Mike probably just didn’t read his handbook on what not to do as a black star. …

“I know that cruelty to animals is bad, but sometimes people shoot people and kill people and don’t get time. I think in this situation, he really didn’t know the extent of it, so I always give him the benefit of the doubt.�?

Unfortunately for Vick, “not knowing” is not a defense.

10. Rosie O’Donnell

This one just missed the 2007 deadline, but it’s making the list anyway. On December 5, 2006, Rosie O’Donnell was on “The View” talking about Danny DeVito’s drunkenness and how it’s made news all over the world. She said,

“The fact is that it’s news all over the world. That you know, you can imagine in China it’s like: ‘Ching chong … ching chong. Danny DeVito, ching chong, chong, chong, chong. Drunk. ‘The View.’ Ching chong.”

After being reamed by the Asian American Journalists Association, Rosie apologized.

“So apparently ‘ching-chong,’ unbeknownst to me, is a very offensive way to make fun, quote-unquote, or mock, Asian accents. Some people have told me it’s as bad as the n-word. I was like, really? I didn’t know that. … [I] never intended to hurt anyone, and I’m sorry for those people who felt hurt or were teased on the playground,… there’s a good chance that I’ll do something like that again … Not on purpose.”

See the rest of the list .

9. Don Imus

In April 2007, Don Imus went on his radio show and began discussing the Rutgers women’s basketball team. After comparing their looks to the Toronto Raptors, Imus said,

“That’s some nappy-headed hos there, I’m gonna tell you that now.”

Two days later, Imus went on the air and apologized before being fired.

“[I want to] apologize for an insensitive and ill-conceived remark we made the other morning referring to the Rutgers women’s basketball team. It was completely inappropriate, and we can understand why people were offended. Our characterization was thoughtless and stupid, and we are sorry.”

8. Dog the Bounty Hunter

In October 2007, Dog the Bounty Hunter, a.k.a., Duane Chapman, was exposed having a telephone conversation with his son. Dog demanded that his son break up with his black girlfriend. In the 8-minute long conversation, Dog used the N-word several times. See TMZ for tape.

“My sincerest, heartfelt apologies go out to every person I have offended for my regrettable use of very inappropriate language. I am deeply disappointed in myself for speaking out of anger to my son and using such a hateful term in a private phone conversation. It was completely taken out of context. I was disappointed in his choice of a friend, not due to her race, but her character. However, I should have never used that term. I have the utmost respect and aloha for black people – who have already suffered so much due to racial discrimination and acts of hatred. I did not mean to add yet another slap in the face to an entire race of people who have brought so many gifts to this world. I am ashamed of myself and I pledge to do whatever I can to repair this damage I have caused.”

Chapman also told Fox News,

“[M]y whole life I’ve been called a half-breed, a convict, king of the trailer trash, this and that…so when I stood there and said, ‘I kind of know what you feel like, because I’ve been there, too,’ that I felt that I could embrace and like, as brothers…say the word. I now learned I’m not black at all, and I never did it out of hate…”

I think his apology drew more attention than the phone call. At 54, Chapman learned he wasn’t black.

7. Isaiah Washington

After being accused of calling “Grey’s Anatomy” co-star T.R. Knight a f****t, Isaiah Washington denied the event ever happened, but again used the word, saying,

“No, I did not call T.R. a f****t. Never happened, never happened.”

After the denial, though, Isaiah apologized.

“I apologize to T.R., my colleagues, the fans of the show and especially the lesbian and gay community for using a word that is unacceptable in any context or circumstance. I marred what should have been a perfect night for everyone who works on `Grey’s Anatomy.’ I can neither defend nor explain my behavior. I can also no longer deny to myself that there are issues I obviously need to examine within my own soul, and I’ve asked for help.”

He even appeared in a Public Service Announcement for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).

6. Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas was on trial for sexually harassing his female co-worker. As part of discovery, a video-taped deposition of Thomas was taken. When asked if he was bothered by a black man calling a black female “bitch,” Thomas said:

“Not as much. I’m sorry to say, I do make a distinction. A white male calling a black female a bitch is highly offensive. That would have violated my code of conduct.”

How about no one calling girls bitches, no matter what color you are. There’s an idea. Why is that so hard?

5. Senator Joe Biden

In February 2007, Delaware Democratic Senator Joe Biden put in his two cents about presidential hopeful and fellow Senator Barack Obama.

“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

Yes, ladies and gentleman, these are the men leading our nation. Biden did apologize, at least.

“I deeply regret any offense my remark in the New York Observer might have caused anyone. That was not my intent and I expressed that to Sen. Obama.”

4. Senator Larry Craig

Senator Larry Craig has voted against gay rights again and again. He voted “yes” on a constitutional ban on gay marriage. He voted “no” on adding sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes. He voted “no” on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Interestingly, Sen. Craig pled guilty to disorderly conduct after he was caught trying to have sex with another man in a public restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. Then he insisted that he wasn’t gay. Riiiiight.

3. Lindsay Lohan

In July 2007, Lindsay Lohan was in the midst of a pretty rough year. She’d already been to rehab and she was about to get busted again. After Lindsay went on a drunken car chase of her former assistant, she was stopped by police. She had been in the car with three young men, one black and two white. While talking to police, Lindsay, though she had clearly been behind the wheel, said,

“I wasn’t driving. The black kid was driving.”

Because the fastest way to get eyes off you is to point them at the black kid? Nice, Lindsay. Real nice. And how was this not talked about more? It’s pretty horrible to blame a guy for your actions just because he’s black.

2. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

In September 2007, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was invited to speak at Columbia University. When asked about Iran’s abuse of homosexuals, the President denied the existence of any gays in Iran … at all. That’s right, everyone in Iran is heterosexual. He said,

“In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.”

As expected, the quote was met with laughter. Ahmadinejad isn’t new to denying things – he also denied that the Holocaust ever happened. He even hosted a conference on the subject.

Here’s a great SNL video poking fun of the President.

And your number one bigoted remark is …

1. Michael Richards

Ok, this one happened in 2006 too, but it’s so bad it not only makes the list, but it tops it. In November of last year, Michael Richards of “Seinfeld” fame was performing at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. After an audience member who was African-American began heckling him, Richards went off, saying,

“Fifty years ago we’d have you upside down with a f***ing fork up your ass.”

You can talk, you can talk, you’re brave now motherf**ker. Throw his ass out. He’s a n****r! He’s a n****r! He’s a n****r! A n****r, look, there’s a n****r! …

They’re going to arrest me for calling a black man a n****r.”

He tried to apologize, but most didn’t accept it.

“[F]or me to be at a comedy club and flip out and say this crap — you know, I’m deeply, deeply sorry. I’m not a racist. That’s what is so insane about this.”

So for the New Year, may we all resolve to be tolerant and accepting of others, especially the celebrities discussed here.

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