“Jamie Foxx Jokes About Killing ‘All The White People’ In His New Movie”
Look, I’ve been hearing a bit of right-side OUTRAGE over Jamie Foxx’s opening monologue as host of SNL the other night, so let me take a moment to address it here: First, foremost, Jamie Foxx was hosting SNL. And SNL, whether you find it funny or not, is an adult comedy / variety show, one that has always trafficked in political and cultural humor, much of it in the service of the left wing political narrative and much of it aiming at an edginess it has often failed to reach (but also often hit upon quite effectively).
Jamie Foxx — and the SNL writers who likely aided him in crafting monologue — were constructing the gag for those ill-informed, wannabe-cosmopolitan viewers who take their serious news from PBS or MSNBC or the “Daily Show”; they were hoping to please the target audience and gain its approval by way of signaling a bit of confirmation bias — namely, that the hipper white folk can appreciate the growing cultural empowerment of the celebrity black culture, and an ostentatious and pseudo-aggressive show thereof.
And then there’s always the chance that even that was done ironically, poking a bit of inside fun at those hipster liberals who think they are as hip as the writers themselves for having “understood” the joke.
Too — and importantly to them — they were aiming for a second (or even third)-order joke, specifically, the vocal OUTRAGE of supposedly square white wingnuts who have since grown indignant over the Foxx monologue. This is the part of the joke that is aimed at you.
Why take the bait?
As with the (failed, lazy) Letterman joke years back that inadvertently targeted the wrong daughter, there’s nothing here but a bit of silly cultural bluster aimed at making faux-intellectuals on the left feel superior to the hidebound “racist” right-wingers who actually take Foxx’s black nationalism seriously.
If you want to take offense at race baiting — and God knows I do — there’s plenty of real and dangerous race baiting happening with the often open support of our current regime and its “post-racial” President.
Jamie Foxx is irrelevant. And besides: anybody who knows spaghetti westerns knows Django is actually white, anyway. Here, he’s just Shaft in a cowboy hat.
How black is that?