NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are being criticized over a comedy skit that some people say was racially insensitive.
Clinton, just days before next week’s crucial New York primary, was a surprise guest at the annual Inner Circle show in Manhattan on Saturday night, a black-tie charity gala that is the city’s answer to the White House Correspondents Dinner.
She took the stage and, in a scripted scene, teased de Blasio, a fellow Democrat who managed her 2000 Senate campaign, for taking so long to endorse her presidential bid.
“Sorry Hillary,” de Blasio replied, “I was running on ‘CP time.'”
At first, that seemed to be a reference to a racial stereotype, “colored people time.”
Leslie Odom Jr., a black actor who plays Aaron Burr in the Broadway smash “Hamilton” was also on stage and pretended to be offended. “I don’t like jokes like that, Bill,” he said.
But then Clinton interjected: “‘Cautious politician time,'” she said. “I’ve been there.”
Many of the New York politicians, power brokers and reporters there laughed. But the joke soon made its way around social media and drew scornful media coverage.
The New York Daily News blared “Skit for Brains” on its Tuesday front page. New York magazine made reference to the mayor’s African-American spouse, asking, “Does your wife, Chirlane, know about this joke?”
Clinton has enjoyed deep support from black voters and relies on their support in the April 19 primary in New York, her home state, to ward off a challenge from Bernie Sanders.
De Blasio, whose two multiracial children identify as black, downplayed the controversy.
“It was clearly a staged event,” he told CNN on Monday.” ”I think people are missing the point here.” Mayoral aides pointed out that it was far from the only risque joke during a night in which reporters put on a show to mock politicians and the mayor returns the favor.
A Clinton spokesman said the campaign “agreed with the mayor.”
GOPUSA Editor’s Note: Are you reading this story carefully? Notice how the Associated Press writer is going out of his way to paint this skit as “light-hearted” and “no big deal.” Now just imagine if a few conservative candidates did the same skit and talked about “colored people time.” Do you think it would be the same reaction and press coverage?
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