On MSNBC over the weekend, there was a panel on Melissa Harris-Perry's show in which they were doing a year-end wrap-up, since, you know, it’s the last week of 2013. So basically, the panelists were shown photos from this year and asked to caption them.
Harris-Perry showed a photograph of Mitt and Ann Romney surrounded by their many grandchildren, including an adorable baby sitting on the Governor’s lap who happens to be adopted. Oh yeah, he’s black too.
Because apparently Republicans aren’t allowed to like black people, let alone adopt them into a loving home, the first reaction was from Pia Glenn, who started singing, “One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same.”
Is making fun of people because of their skin color acceptable again? I must have missed that memo, since the folks over at MSNBC were all chuckles over Glenn’s comment.
As blogger Caleb Howe put it on The Right Scoop, “It’s funny because Romney is white and his grandson isn’t, which is obviously hilarious. Because as everyone knows, the races should not mix.”
But they weren’t done mocking the Romneys and their grandchild’s skin color just yet -- comedian Dean Obeidallah insinuated that little Kieran Romney is just a token. He said, "It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party and the RNC, where they have the whole convention and they find the one black person."
Seriously you guys, what the what? In what universe is this ok? Glenn responded to critics by writing, “... Yes, I sang the song. There are many children in the pic & only 1 black child. I don't see that as mocking or attacking the baby."
Obeidallah tried to backtrack his comments as well:
Occasionally my jokes have been known to 'cross the line' and I can assure you that in the future some of my jokes will do that again. My joke on MHP was not intended in any way to mock the Romney family or the baby they adopted. Rather it was a joke about the lack of racial diversity that we see at the Republican National Convention. I apologize to the Romney family and especially the baby if any of them were offended by that joke.
Um, first of all, I was at the Republican National Convention, and I guess the black people there didn’t get the word that they weren’t supposed to be there.
Second -- and this is the real crux of the problem -- why is it that when Republicans disagree with our first black president's policies, we’re racists, but when Liberals openly mock an innocent little black baby that happens to have a white family, they’re “joking”?
You know who else was a black baby raised by a white family? Barack Obama.
It just doesn’t matter. Love is love and family is family, no matter how they came together or what skin color they have.
The panelists on Melissa Harris-Perry's show should be ashamed of themselves.
Is it ever OK to mock someone's skin color?
Image via Mitt Romney/Twitter