That was the title of a Monty Python skit that appeared on several of their albums. It consisted mainly of suggestive sounds and even the words "Wankel rotary engine." I apologize if I offended anyone by writing that.
Well, it turns out that some members of the National Association of Black Journalists are too offended easily.
Are they offended by: A) Vanilla Ice or B) Karl Rove?
Evidence: Vanilla Ice.
Evidence: Karl Rove
If you answered Karl Rove, you're right!
The YouTube-bound rappin' debut of MC Rove â€œrocked the houseâ€ and even â€œstole the show,â€ according to the next dayâ€™s papers.
But in the days since, there has been growing unease over Karl Roveâ€™s rap and the media blitz that followed. Among those who weighed in online, including several black journalists, many cringed at the performance and the mediaâ€™s rave reviews of it.
â€œMy first reaction wasâ€¦ uh,â€ said Tavia Evans Gilchrist, 27, a journalist in Washington. She saw the clip from the Radio and Television Correspondentsâ€™ Association Dinner on NBCâ€™s "Today Show."
A popular listserv for the younger members of the National Association of Black Journalists (which this reporter is a member of) was abuzz early Thursday morning: Was it funny, offensive or just stupid?
Some compared the sketch to a modern-day minstrel show, others tried and failed to muster indignation against it and still others wondered whether the critics were simply over-thinking.
â€œIt ticks me, but I donâ€™t know how to address it,â€ Evans Gilchrist added.
One wonders how these sensitive journalists are able to cope with driving by suburban high schools and seeing all those white kids with their pants around their knees.