Thursday, March 19, 2009

Obama Unmasked!

Over the weekend there was an article in the Oregonian about a young boy who wasn't allowed to perform at his school's talent show because some teachers, including the principal, thought some people would be offended by his act. The boy mimicked a famous youtube video of a man dancing around wearing a Halloween Obama mask, and according to his two gay fathers "he had been practicing for weeks." I understand the history of black face and minstrel shows in this country but the fact is ALL Halloween masks make their impersonator look cartoonish and ridiculous. It's kind of hard not to when you're sculpting something out of rubber, plus that's kind of the point. If this was George Bush or Bill Clinton nobody would have said a thing, but because our new president is black there's an air of hypersensitivity in the country. The boy was upset about not being able to perform, but was even more upset that someone would think he intended to mock the new president, whom he admired, in any way. He also thought it was cool that Obama has a Wii hooked up to a big screen TV in the white house, which it is. So there.

I guess what I'm saying is people should be sensitive about things that actually matter instead of taking it out on kids who want to impersonate the president, which they have every right to do, no matter what color their skin is. The end.

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