Al Sharpton, Tiger Woods satire lost on some
Almost a week ago, the blog Celeb Jihad did a satire bit mocked up to look kind of like a New York Times article.
The post jokingly quoted Al Sharpton as critiquing Tiger Woods for lack of ethnic diversity for his string of white, largely blonde-haired mistresses. But a lot of right wing blogs weren’t in on the joke. Somewhat predictably, a few fell for the Onion-esque write up and held it up as an example of Sharpton’s tendency to “stir the race-baiting pot.” (Warning, irony alert.):
…his definition of diversity is a lot different than mine, but whatever- this Harlem huckster’s never been one to let the truth interrupt an opportunity to stir the race-baiting pot…
Twitter conservatives are eating it up, and even some neutral blogs didn’t recognize the satire despite the post being penned by author Jimmy Jihad. (Whoops.) The post, pasted below, is being passed around via e-mail with the disclaimer “ This is real, you can’t make up stuff like this!!” (But it bears repeating- the quotes are satire, the news conference never happened, and as far as I can turn up, Al Sharpton doesn’t condone extramarital affairs.)
The Rev. Al Sharpton held a press conference today to blast Tiger Woods for the lack of diversity among his mistresses. Sharpton claims that the lack of African-American women among Woods’ harem will have a negative affect on the black community, specifically young black girls.
“Why is it that a man who calls himself black can’t bring himself to cheat on his wife with a black woman?” said Sharpton, speaking to a group of supporters in Harlem. “What does it say to young black girls everywhere when you pass them over? Shame on you, Tiger Woods. What would your daddy say?”
Sharpton, who has long championed taking black women as mistresses, said that today’s black athletes need to stop neglecting black women when it comes to extramarital affairs, and should follow the examples of positive black role models such as Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King, Jr., both of whom cheated on their wives with black women. Sharpton also stressed that cheating with African-American women would help the black community financially by giving black girls the chance to sell their stories to tabloids and gossip magazines.
Added Sharpton, “I’m not asking you to not cheat on your wives, I’m just asking you to give back to your own community.”