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Comedian On Comedian: Thoughts On Katt Williams

by Lucas Molandes

Why do we live in a world where our entertainers preach hate, while our politicians send pictures of their dicks to unsuspecting young women? Call me old fashioned, but shouldn’t that be the other way around? I don’t know, you know? My dumb phone doesn’t have a camera and I’m not famous, so maybe I just don’t get it. Also, I’m not clear on this whole ‘Civil Rights’ thingy. Is it something meant for a specific race, or is it something we all experience through the compassion of our fellow human, regardless of race? Maybe I should ask Katt Williams for a thoroughly insightful take on racial equality.

Oh wait. I’m confusing Katt Williams for anyone but Katt Williams. I suppose that’s the difference between me and CNN.

The funny thing here is Katt has actually done what social rights activists try to do: he’s brought national attention to racial tensions, and he did it in a part of the country that is deeply entrenched in a culture of anti-immigration. Anyone remember that whole senate bill 1070? So I’m conflicted. Either Katt Willliams is a genius in the world of cultural activism, or he’s the flavor of the week, designed to get ratings for news channels. Guess which one my money is on.

It’s a simple formula: celebrity + controversy = money. When Irene ripped through the East Coast last week, it was all over the news. A few days later, the news began to question whether or not coverage of the storm was excessive. Yeah, news organisations were covering whether or not they had covered the topic too much. So this week, the media hears about some guy who spewed a lot of ignorant, jingoistic bullshit, and what did they do? They gave him a spot on national television to reach more people.

So I’m not mad at Katt. Part of me feels like people who get mad at Katt Williams are like dumpster divers who complain when they find a used condom in their half-eaten bologna sandwich. What’d you expect? It’s not like this was Cornel West debating Octavio Paz. Nah, this was a drunken heckler versus that leprechaun pimp from Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.

This was a display of a threatened egos. Anyone who’s seen Katt knows his take on society is mostly just shallow insights, fueled by a desire to sound relevant because he’s probably felt dumb his whole life. By cloaking himself in important topics, he’s been able to convince some people that his ignorance is actually passion and wisdom. And he basically tells the man in the clip that any racism directed towards him is really just nationalism, and it’s his own fault for being in the wrong country. And of course, that kind of thinking is way more ignorant than racism. That’s the kind of thinking that rapists use: “well, if she didn’t want it, then why was she dressed like that?”

At least a racist understand they actually do hate something. When I first saw Katt’s rant clip, my first thought was: wow, Katt Williams has finally perfected his “white people act like this” routine. I’m kidding. Not all white people sound like that, just the ones who enjoyed this clip. And why wouldn’t those people enjoy it? It had everything: ethics fighting one another while a room full of ethnics cheered on the anger.

It’s sad to see how easily hate can be embraced by all races. Take that, Civil Rights.

Lucas Molandes is a stand-up comedian that has made appearances at the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” and CNN”s “Not Just Another Cable News Show.”

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