About a week ago, we got a look at a 17-minute film, called "The Road We've Traveled," which is part of President Obama's re-election campaign. The film (watch here) is directed by Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman, An Inconvenient Truth) and narrated by Tom Hanks.
And now Hanks finds himself involved in a racial controversy after a video from 2004 surfaced online. The video shows the actor and Eagles rocker Glenn Frey at a fundraiser for St. Matthew's Parish School in California, a school that their children attended. They are joined by James Montgomery, an investment banker, who is dressed in blackface and with a big Afro wig. "This is as close to diversity as we'll get at St. Matthew's," Frey joked.
Conservative groups are calling the video "racist" and calling for Obama to remove Hanks from his campaign video. "I don't care what your politics are, it's nauseatingly racist," said John Nolte at Breitbart.com.
Hanks recently apologized, stating: "I was blindsided when one of the parents got up on the stage in a costume that was hideously offensive then and is hideously offensive now," said the actor. "What is usually a night of food and drink for a good cause was, regrettably, marred by an appalling few moments."
Hanks is just one of several Hollywood liberals who has been criticized for insensitive comments while supporting the Obama campaign. During a Democratic fundraiser with Michelle Obama on Wednesday, Robert De Niro made a racial joke about the wives of Republican presidential contenders. "Callista Gingrich, Karen Santorum, Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?," he said.
Meanwhile, President Obama is being asked to return the $1 million that Bill Maher donated to his campaign. During the last few years, Maher has attacked conservatives like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachman and their kids. At one point, he called Palin a "c*nt."
Hanks was trying to drown him out. He shoulda slugged him.
minkowskiwrites: on March 21st, 2012 at 7:43:17 PM
Desperate move by Republicans who obviously know they don't have a snowball's chance in hell come November.
Also very sad to see Republicans stoop so low as to use the very card they've decried the last few decades, which seems to me they've given up actually fighting for any beliefs and are instead just using political correctness to achieve their goals.
And nothing racist about the actual video. Didn't see anything racist whatsoever.
"At one point, he called Palin a "c*nt.""
Very clever remark coming from one of America's preeminent broadcast 'intellectuals'...
Wahhhhhhhh! We can't get over slavery and the past because it's the only "ace card" that we can use! Oh and our lilly white guilty apologists in the mainstream media - Black People in the United States.
minkowskiwrites: on March 21st, 2012 at 8:50:18 PM
Off-topic: if they ever make another *good* Terminator film, they should use a black Terminator for a change. That would be quite different imo.
Nowdays ANYTHING you do can be slammed racist. It makes me sick to think the kind of society we are heading into. It seems that nobody has the right NOT to be offended about anything anymore. You cross the street in black sneakers and someone calls it trampling black rights.
Lol, the Republican Party has become a complete joke since they've allowed the Breitbarts, Linbaughs, and Hannitys of the world to become their voice. But with the US economy on the rebound, fruitless wars ending, and Americans going back to work I can see why they've reverted back to bashing institutes of higher learning, attacks against women, closet racism, and other stupidity like this Tom Hanks/Deniro bullsh*t. It would be criminal to let them win in November.