Wednesday, April 8, 2009 | 1:22pm
Turkish Anchor Reports On Obama In Blackface
A Turkish neanderthal decided to wear “blackface” while doing a “news” report about President Barack Obama‘s trip to the country. Funny…nope.
“Welcome, Mr. Obama. You took our hearts with your hospitality. We appreciate your kindness. We will do whatever America asks of us, as friends. Now, we ask the same of you,” the anchor said roughly translated.
While its not clear if the broadcast was in the same vain as some of Comedy Central’s news show, the network apparently was known for such shtick.
There have even been some insulting reports (BuzzFeed) stating that the blackface is meant to be “a metaphor for the way the Bush administration “darkened” the face of the Turkish public, and how the anchor hopes Obama will turn things around.” I guess we were all born yesterday too.
While its important, given the international scope, to remain cognizant of cultural relativism this is clearly a slap in the face.
I’m sure some will say this is just silly Euro stuff. Even if you disregard the racial implications because they don’t always translate internationally this is still disrespectful of America.
Barack Obama is our President not an entertainer or Page Six regular. If this was the administrator of Turkey would they have thought twice about making that happen?