I realize Robert De Nero thinks he deserves some sort of pass for sleeping with Black woman. I first became aware of his obsession during the days of 227 when the hilarious Jackee left the show and they thought the awful yellow hammer Tookie Smith could replace her. Tookie was not funny, was not an actress. But she was sleeping with De Nero. One of the many Black women he's 'colonized.'
That is how a lot of us see his relationships. And that's not anything against interracial coupling, that's noting that he sleeps with them and doesn't discuss them in public. In other words, he grabs what he wants, makes sure he gets street cred out of it and that's about it.
Robert De Nero is a lousy actor who is good at one-man-show type roles where he doesn't have to interact with others only. Put him opposite a performer he's supposed to connect with -- be it Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda or whomever -- and he's a failure.
He's a lousy person as well. If you think the Red Scare of the 50s was awful -- I do -- then you don't do an endorsement for Eli Kazan. No, I will never forget 2008. I watched that garbage. I, to this day, applaud Ed Harris for refusing to applaud even with the cameras on him. Kazan named names. He deserved no honor. He helped destroy the industry, people lost their careers and lives and this man who saved his own ass by implicating others (who may or may not have been guilty) deserved no honor.
All of that's to note that Robert De Nero is back in the news today for a 'joke.' He thought he could inject race into the 2012 elections. Why is it always these Crackers doing it?
Olivia Alair, Michelle Obama's press secretary, called the joke out. Good for her.
Only then did De Nero go running to Talking Points Memo (Crackerville, USA) to insist he meant no harm with his joke. Note, however, that he does not apologize for it.
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