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Black Olympics Debate

Did the Bennett brothers, Martellus and Michael, cross the line when they posted their "ethnic humor" video on YouTube? (Video not suitable for all audiences)

Posted by Emil Steiner on July 16, 2009 5:58 AM
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History Lesson

Despite the Bennetts' football career, they are not mindful of the stereotypes that had to be overcome by their predecessors, so in the end they stand for nothing.

Posted by Roman Oben, on July 17, 2009 11:16 AM

The Bennetts' Brand Takes a Dive

YouTube has its power - use it wisely - before diminishing a valued brand with a walk down memory lane in the cotton fields.

Posted by Derede McAlpin, on July 16, 2009 12:59 PM

Integrate the Black Olympics!

The fact that only African Americans were invited to compete in the "Black Olympics" makes me want to puke.

Posted by Emil Steiner, on July 16, 2009 12:58 PM

Awareness Fail

If you want to do racial humor, you have to be very skilled, and you have to know EXACTLY where the line is

Posted by Doug Farrar, on July 16, 2009 10:24 AM

First Rule of Funny. Be Funny.

There wasn't anything remotely offensive in "Black Olympics" other than the complete lack of comedy.

Posted by Dan Levy, on July 16, 2009 9:29 AM

Ignorant or Uplifting?

Does Black Olympics prove that this generation is not haunted by racism, or that it is simply ignorant of history?

Posted by Dawn Knight, on July 16, 2009 8:08 AM

Just Not Funny

If you want a pass on edgy humor, you have to be funny. The "Black Olympics" video isn't humor or satire, it's crap.

Posted by Gene Weingarten, on July 16, 2009 7:41 AM

Ignorance Personified

No African-American with a functioning cerebrum would ever purposely compose such a self-degrading, self-hating piece of tripe and then present it to the world.

Posted by Mike Freeman, on July 16, 2009 7:25 AM

Chinese Olympics

Let's say I did a similar video with Timmy Chang that had chow mein eating, a math-off and dry cleaning, and we called it the Chinese Olympics. Would that be offensive to anyone?

Posted by Gene Wang, on July 16, 2009 5:59 AM

FEATURED COMMENTS

jmk55: PSSSTTT! Not so loud...Al Sharpton may hear....

RhymesWithRight: The video itself may be offensive due to its stupidity -- but it does raise an interesting tangential question. Given the number of "Black ...

Serengeti: Yes, it's a stupid video. No, it was not funny. But as a black person, am I offended? Not really, because they do not speak for me. I wou...

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