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Larry Wilmore Apologizes for Making Stereotypical Joke About “Bossy” Black Women

by Yvette Carnell

When Larry Wilmore took over after Stephen Colbert left for greenerlarry wilmore2 pastures, many in the black community were excited at the prospect of having a black man on as a late night host.

Now, however, after Wilmore’s joke at the expense of black women, there may exist some lingering buyer’s remorse.

The Nightly Show host asked during a “Keep it 100” segment whether black women were too “bossy” to marry.

Before moving on to the next segment, Wilmore said, “Like I said, it was a joke. But I get it. Some people thought we were picking on black women. We were not, black women.”

He continued:  “You guys know we love you. I was raised by a single black woman.”

Doesn’t that sound a lot like what white people say when caught making a racially offensive remark: But wait, I have black friends.

“But I’m sorry,” he confessed. “If some of you are still upset about this, please send your suggestions to @Common,” Wilmore joked, referring to Common, who was a guest on the panel “I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know why I let Common talk me into that one, that one’s on me.”

At issue is the role Wilmore is sliding into by replacing Colbert who, like Jon Stewart, dispels stereotypes with a mix of razor sharp wit and “truthiness.” Instead of following in those comedic footsteps, Wilmore trafficked in a stereotype, which came off as a lazy trope.

Given Wilmore’s panel on black dads, maybe all will be forgiven and this will be considered just a hiccup as the host feels his way through his new role. Wilmore should hope so. He has some pretty big shoes to fill. Expectations are running high and he’s falling short.

 

yvette

One Comment

  1. What? Comedy show. And a good one at that.

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