Friday, January 23, 2009
Caught the Jeff Dunham show in Bozeman Tuesday night. In case you haven't heard, he's a ventriloquist whose characters are a curmudgeon -- Walter, Bubba J-- redneck, Peanut -- hyper whatsis, and Achmed -- The Dead Terrorist, who is famous for saying ...
I always thought Achmed was edgy and bold. This morning, I'm wondering.
Last night, Dunham's character, Peanut, went on an extended rant about ordering Chinese food over the phone to a Chinese person who couldn't speak understandable English.
That's right. Chinese people talk funny.
At one point, Dunham admonished Peanut that this was racist, to which Peanut replied, "and funny as hell."
No, Jeff, racism is not funny. It's cheap and lazy.
But now, I'm wondering. Has Dunham's comedy always been racist, and I didn't mind because, afterall, who likes Arab terrorists?
Maybe, Jeff isn't the only one who should be ashamed of himself this morning.