Tuesday, February 05, 2013

"Racist" to compare Ahmadinejad to a monkey?

I can see a definite resemblance, myself

Arizona Sen. John McCain is under fire as social media users are accusing him of racism after comparing the president of Iran to a monkey on Twitter.

'So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space – wasn’t he just there last week?' wrote the one-time Republican presidential candidate before linking to a story about Iran launching a monkey into orbit.

McCain immediately went on the defensive when users accused him of being racially insensitive, posting: 'Re: Iran space tweet – lighten up folks, can’t everyone take a joke?'

It wasn't only liberals that were upset. Even Rep. Justin Amash, a Republican from Michigan, thought McCain had crossed the line.
'Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes,' Amash tweeted at McCain.

The word 'monkey' could trigger readers to see the comment as racists because of its historical use to degrade people of color.


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