The mayor of a tiny Republican hamlet in Southern California’s Orange County — just across the 605 from Long Beach — thought it was super funny to send around a picture of the White House surrounded by a watermelon garden, because gosh, the watermelon is simply a very funny thing, in almost any setting. Watermelons! The very word is fun, and certainly not racist. There was also a caption on the funny picture, of watermelons surrounding the White House: “No Easter Egg Hunt this year.” Ha ha, because Muslims don’t celebrate Easter, right? (Sure, they celebrate Good Friday, but anyway ….)

Local businesswoman and city volunteer Keyanus Price, who is black, said Tuesday she received the e-mail from Mayor Dean Grose’s personal account on Sunday and wants a public apology.

“I have had plenty of my share of chicken and watermelon and all those kinds of jokes,” Price told The Associated Press. “I honestly don’t even understand where he was coming from, sending this to me. As a black person receiving something like this from the city-freakin’-mayor — come on.”

Dean Grose, mayor of this little shithole, Los Alamitos, has the usual response: Oh gosh never did I mean to suggest anything RACIAL, by this cheap fucktard racist “joke.” His actual weasel words went like this:

“Bottom line is, we laugh at things and I didn’t see this in the same light that she did,” Grose told the AP. “I’m sorry. It wasn’t sent to offend her personally — or anyone — from the standpoint of the African-American race.”

Honestly, these people need to be killed, all of them. This is what Eric Holder means when he speaks of the need for a frank discussion about racism in America.

Mayor Hits Rough Patch Over Watermelon Pic [CBS News]

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  1. Right. It’s the “I’m sorry you’re an overly-sensitive watermelon-eating negress…lighten up!” kind of apology. I wonder how many Bloods are within driving distance of that little shithole town….to show the mayor their “appreciation.”

  2. Ah, those California folks. They thought they were just making fun of Southerners (and we DO love our watermillions) — so it is really okay.

  3. “As a black person receiving something like this from the city-freakin’-mayor…”

    That’s what happens to your brain when you watch too many Austin Powers movies.

  4. I’m starting to think the GOP has the same publicity strategy as Joaquin Pheonix. When is the Republican “OMG WE WERE TOTALLY KIDDING ABOUT THE LAST 10 YEARS LMAO KTHXBAI” press release coming out?

  5. It almost looks like an ad for the nationally stirring Grow-And-Sell-Your-Own-Food-To-Pay-Fucking-Bills movement. Either way it does not bode well for the Repubtards.

  6. oh black people like watermelon, and hey we have black people living at the white house now; obvioulsy painting the building black would have been racist and unfunny, but this is just harmless haha right. gee why would anyone find this hilarious picture offensive, why are black people and all other thinking people so darn sensitive all the time?

  7. If we cannot kill them, can we spay/neuter anyone post-puberty and take away all their prepubescent children for reeducation?

    This just makes me so exhausted. I saw this and just felt tired. Tired of this old, stupid SHIT. And I LOVE watermelons, dammit.

    Not only racist, but incredibly fucking lame. What if somebody sent an e-mail with Kenny-G all over the place?

    OH WAIT THAT WOULDN’T BE FUNNY, and would at the same time be as lame.
    Enslave the whites.

  9. Kind of makes you wonder what kind of shit they’re keeping to themselves if they think that the good old watermelon joke is not offensive.

  10. I don’t understand how this whole “blacks love chicken and watermelon” thing got started in the first place. Everybody loves chicken and watermelon, maybe not together in a KFC bowl, but if you don’t like chicken and then watermelon, there is something wrong with you.

  11. Hmmm….the only way it’s even remotely funny (which it isn’t) is the racist angle. His lame-ass apology just indicates he’s sorry he sent it to HER and how dare she get offended by it.

    Isn’t this the same area where someone from the RNC sent Obama watermelon dollars, etc. during the GE?

  12. I’m really not even sure what’s supposed to be the joke here. Is he saying that the Barry is like a 1930s Georgia black sharecropper who will grow watermelons on any available land? Is it that, because Barry is black, he craves watermelons so much that he has to grow a full crop on his lawn because the comercial supply is insufficient? If you take out the racial aspect of the joke it makes even less sense. Absent the black/watermelonphilia angle, this just seems Mayor-Adam-West-style crazy. And what do Easter eggs have to do with it? Can you not hide eggs in a watermelon patch? Or will the children be searching for watermelons instead?

    Forget a “frank discussion”, someone buy these jackasses a joke book.

  13. I feel really bad for several different reasons:
    a) watermelons are especially nice when you core a hole out and pour a bottle of Absolut up in that bitch…
    b) if the mayor of that town is a complete fucking idiot, what are the average residents like? Amoebas? Tapeworms with parking tickets?
    c) that nice lady who thinks the cracker ass cracker mayor should apologize has “Anus” in her first name. ooooo.

  14. WOW. I never thought the city where I live (Long Beach) would ever get mentioned here on my Wonkette.
    My day is complete.

    This is why I don’t live behind the Orange Curtain. Also

  15. Assuming that this is the person discussed in the article (Keyanus Price is a fairly distinctive name), the Mayor may want to avoid offending Ms. Price. While she is a conservative Los Angeles business woman by day, at night her “alter ego emerges. The (35)-year-old becomes a jammer for the Orange County Roller Girls. She becomes … Brik Wall.

    The moniker fits. Price stands 5-foot-6, weighs 165-pounds, has cinder block quadriceps and commands respect with a vice-grip handshake.”

  16. While killing them might be an awesome public works project, as thousands could go to work for the Civilian Fucktard Disposal Corp(CFDC), enslaving them is an even better solution, as my shit-stained toilet could use a few thousand cleanings.

  17. “Paging Gil Scott-Heron, you’re needed in quadrant 4, Gil Scott-Heron.” I mean seriously, it baffles me that people still cling to the “well, I didn’t mean it as racist!” excuse. If that’s the case, then you are so stupid as to not recognize your own racism. How embarassing for you.

  18. Los Alamitos: what a shithole — depressing 60s tract clone houses surrounding a dying military base kept alive on an IV of federal pork juice. At least they’ve got the mayor they deserve.

  19. Golly shucks gee whiz! Who coulda known the coloreds would get so upset?!? They’re just so darn SENSITIVE.

    This is Orange County, folks. They named their airport after John Wayne.

  20. Dear Republicans,

    For future reference, when caught sending racist picture emails, the appropriate fake response is, “Oh, holy fucking shit! I didn’t even THINK of it that way! I was thinking ‘[insert barely feasible explanation here]’. Goddamn it, I’m such a fucking idiot. I am really, really sorry – just forwarded it without thinking. Really, I’m a cocksucking motherfucking moron. I’m so, so incredibly sorry.”

    That way, you still look like a dick, but a dick who is sorry about your dickhood.

  21. Really, we just need to come up with an official list of stuff that cannot be used in conjunction with the president without being unambiguously racist, so that these people can’t hide behind “I didn’t know that could be seen as racist” excuse. I’ll start off:

    Watermelon, fried chicken, shucking and/or jiving, government cheese, afro picks, sagging pants, rims, monkeys, golliwogs, blackface and anything Amos n Andy related, ribs, Buckwheat (the Rascal, not the grain), grillz, “Negro/colored” (as well as more traditional slurs: picaninny/coon/spook, etc) mammies, ‘do rags, welfare, drugs, overexaggerated lips and eyes, tragic attempts at ebonics…

  22. Clearly she was just echoing the suggestions of the Eat Local movement that Obama plant a garden on the White House lawn. You goddamn libtards are taking this PC thing too far.

  23. [re=252556]shanemacgowan[/re]: I like how it says she is a “conservative business woman” then says “executive assistant” then it says “100 Top Business Women”.

    Yeah, come get me Pumas. I’m ready to rumble

  24. The creepiest wingnuts I have ever met were from some little town in Orange Co. Upper middle class dudes in their 50’s who had a “rock” band playing classic rock covers. They thought they were the shyt. Spent thousands of dollars on things like imported hand wired UK amplifiers and satin Sgt Pepper costumes. Had professional “portraits” made of themselves in creepy Beatle wigs and stuff. And these were the type of wingnuts who honestly could not understand why all those people in NOLA didn’t simply gas up the Range Rover and find a nice hotel somewhere to wait out Katrina. Probably still to this day believe that WMDs in Saddam’s palace had 9/11 stencilled on them with a Vote For Kerry sticker on the box. Guys who can’t get their heads around the idea that non-white person won a legit election.

  25. Hey, at least he didn’t go ALL the way with the standard terrible Republican apology: he did not argue or even imply that those who did see how it could be offensive were the ones who were truly racist.

  26. And the wingnuts are flipping out over a slumdog joke Helen Thomas apparently made to a film crew…

    But really!!! Black people? So funny to laugh about! OMG! Slavery? Hilarious!

  27. All you fucking nigger lovers can’t take a joke and are ruining the fun for all the rest of us. See now you’ve PREVENTED ME FROM LAUGHING AT THE WATERMELONS!!! We are so done professionally.

  28. But of course this is a fake. Hopey has only been president for five weeks, and it’s winter in DC. No way the watermelons got this big this fast — unless A-Rod give them some steroids.

  29. Okay, that’s my after-work field trip: I’ll be going to the Los Alamitos city hall to make some tidy radiating beds of crackers.

    Frantic e-mails to friends of ‘PLEASE GOD TELL ME YOU HAVE STALE CRACKERS I CAN HAVE’ are always a nice way to reconnect.

  30. [re=252528]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: I think sending anything with Kenny G is actually considered to be a threatening gesture. So, you know, whole ‘nuther level there…

  31. Oh goody, this is in California. So now all the cock-suckers who keep blaming the south for being full of racist retards can kindly shut the fuck up. Enjoy your lattes and Birkenstocks and racist assholes, libtards! By the way, there are EIGHTY (80) hate groups (as recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center) in California. Which is full of racist retards and should fall into the Pacific Ocean and EXPLODE for the sake of the U.S. and the world. Also.

  32. [re=252629]tunamelt[/re]: I’ll take that $10.00 back if you aren’t careful, Tuna. After all, “Karl Rove is now following you on Twitter.”

  33. Gosh, I’m sorry if you thought my postcard of a black person being lynched had any racial overtones. I can assure you it did not. I just thought it was humorous. Perhaps you shouldn’t read so much into things.

  34. I like how the city mayor said he didn’t know Blacks liking watermelon was a racial stereotype, which FURTHER explains his joke. It was an astute commentary on agribusiness. Har har. Well played mayor.

  35. The mayor did not think it was racist because he was still laughing so hard at that NY Post cartoon of the cops shooting the monkey. Just another Republican fool.

  36. [re=252629]tunamelt[/re]: Aw man, Hopey’s gittin’ some kind of WONDER-dog! Elitist.
    Developed from working dogs brought by invaders and settlers to the Iberian Peninsula, the Portuguese Water Dog has aided Portuguese fisherman for many centuries. He herded and caught fish, carried messages between ships, retrieved anything that fell overboard, and guarded the catch and boats when in port.

  37. Just think: if the “old racist” demographic didn’t overlap so neatly with the “old computer-illiterate” demographic, we’d never hear about any of this stuff. But it does! So whenever grandpa finds hisself a racist joke on “the AOL” you can bet your ass it’s getting forwarded to everyone — even that uppity colored gal what cleans his house every other Tuesday.

  38. [re=252649]daisy chain[/re]: I’d say it only proves contagion. The epicenter of douchebaggery and racism remains firmly planted somewhere between Georgia and Alabama.

  39. This is how these ass clowns keep fucking up! It’s like someone punching you in the eye and then telling you that it doesn’t hurt! WTF? I guess I should go rob a bank now for my stimulus package then tell those bitches behind the counter — “It’s OK! Preznit Watermelon said we can have it!” Fuck this Also.

  40. [re=252718]DangerousLiberal[/re]: L.A. County (and So Cal in general) is a fine place, which would be even better if it could get rid of the Hicks and the Haters – hint, hint…

  41. [re=252556]shanemacgowan[/re]: You n’ me, Keyanus. We will strap on our skates, pump up our riffles, and KILL EM’ ALL. And clotheslining, also.

  42. i sho ’nuff can’ wait ta see da cute li’l pikchurs of Mista ‘Bama wit da banjo on hiz knee, singin’ ’bout beatin’ yo’ feet in da Mississippi mud!

  43. This came from a fuckin MAYOR?? WHO elects these fucktards? Shoot the asshole. God, do i have to start sending crushed sweet tarts or “anthrax” again?!

  44. [re=252560]Fox n Fiends[/re]: I think this would get more than a Stewie fake laugh on Family Guy. It would probably get one of Stewie’s long, drive-it-into-the-ground, show-how-stupid-it-is monologues, like: “Oh, I see what you did there. You’ve got the watermelon, and the watermelon is all around — someone must really love watermelon! — and it’s at the White House, which is where a black person lives now, heh? And so — I think I’m getting this — the watermelon is there because black people looooovvvvveeee watermelon, right? So what you’re saying is that we better watch out now that there’s a black person in the White House, ’cause he’s going to want his watermelon all over the place, right? No, it’s really funny. You are one clever person. I don’t know why someone hadn’t thought, you know, to do this before — to, you know, juxtapose these two things like that. You know, just to say ‘black people loooovvveee watermelon’ like that. You’re so clever. I better stick by you, because you’re going straight to the top with your clever mind. You might even be a mayor in Orange county someday. You’re that good.”

  45. [re=252571]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Correct- however I think the shock for mr mayor was that anyone of color knows about / has / uses the email! Secondly that the purity of his bcc (or in this idiots case- prally cc) list could be anything but white!

    I mean come on, who doen’t sort their address book by ethnicity? (crickets…)

  46. I love it that these people always say “that’s not how I intended it” but they never tell how they DID intend it. Seriously, what’s his explanation? Why is this funny, from his perspective? I mean, I’m sure he laughed when he saw it, but is he so dim that he doesn’t get that his laughter was based on Teh Racism? Seriously, I would love to hear him explain exactly why this is funny. Bet he can’t do it.

  47. Just today, a high-level scientific panel warned about actually dire–yes, dire–expected melting of various parts of Antarctica, which will cause alarming rises in sea levels, and which will thus flood low-level shore areas, displacing millions of people–and this is not a joke. In fact, there are at least six stories on the wires with this story today. This posting relates to this dumbmayor story because maybe certain parts of Orange County will be among the areas heavily flooded by rising sea levels. What goes around comes around.

  48. You know,if our Serene Muslin Overlord O’Bama wasn’t above such vengefulness, he could send Mayor McDouche a billboard-sized poster of the same view of His White House, except with all the watermelons replaced with images of McDouche’s severed head on pikes, repeated over and over…

    Perhaps a visit from Keith Kakugawa, the Secretary of Dealing with Ignorant Motherfuckers like McDouche is in order…

  49. not sure what fuckmunch mayor numnutz was thinking here but it is always amazing how people can be amazing contortionists and shit on their own heads……

  50. [re=252785]IceCreamEmpress[/re]: Seriously. Neo roller derby chicks are awesome. I want to hang with those guys, listen to some Clash, and then go beat up some mayoral ass.

  51. Two black sharecroppers selling watermelons from a truck. Bought the melons for $1 each and sold them for $1 each. Missing a profit, one said to the other, “Guess we need a bigger truck.”

    I know, my bad, very bad

  52. [re=252649]daisy chain[/re]: i am from the south and it IS full of racist retards. they are everywhere else too, just not as many of ’em.

  53. You all know that SOUTHERN CA (think Reagan, Nixon etc.), and NORTHERN CA (as in Milk, etc.), are like two different states, right?
    And don’t EVEN get me started on the Inland Empire.

  54. Nikki is in the GOP – the mayor rightfully asumed she was “one of the good ones.” Why is she now behaving like this is the first she’s heard of Republicans being a little uncomfortable with non-white people in power. (Um, it’s kinda their deal.)

    Plus, he probably had a Dog the Bounty Hunter moment and thought he was Black. Which is understandable. Sometimes I forget I am not white and try to rent an apartment on Los Angeeles’ westside.

  55. He totally didn’t realize he’d sent that to a black person, you can tell by how lame his response was – gee, that’s not how I meant it, like there’s any other way I could have meant it.

    My (black, could seriously “pass”) grandmother lived in Los Alamitos, and when she died, my (black, marched with MLK, could definitely NOT “pass”) mother and I moved into her house for a while. In 1980-whatever, it was like, the whitest place in Southern California (just down the street from Disneyland!), and our neighbors were forever saying and doing the most ignorant things. My Mom HATED it there, and this is not going to surprise her at all, I can’t wait to tell her about it.

    I thought Hopey being elected meant the end of racism? Yeah, right…

  56. Los Alamitos – gateway to Stanton, having grown up in Long Beach, I know Los Al well. The Alamitos Naval Air Station’s runway is too short to be good for anything except supplying huge amounts of federal Barry bucks to the Los Al Schools to buy the military brats the best of everything. Which makes sense because the kids are short timers and continuity is impossible. But the resident retards reap all the same benefits for free. Barry could disappear the Mayor’s berg overnight with sharpie and a long over due order to close the base. It ain’t like it would cost him votes.

  57. You guys are correct. Keyanus Price is a skater for the OC Roller Girls, skating under the name BRIK WALL! She is smart, successful, athletic and beautiful. She is a women who deserves much more respect from the mayor of Los Alamitos. Her teammates back her in her efforts to expose this indignity and we remain at her side on and off the track! VIVA OCRG! VIVA KEYANUS!

  58. [re=253086]problemwithcaring[/re]: …and that’s why contemporary “Negro Republicans” are held in the same widespread disdain as “Fag Cabin Republicans”. I feel her outrage, but I still think she should choke on it just a little bit, just before switching parties…

  59. Boys … stop it with the anus jokes … in the word of Keyanus … “come on!” You know the mayor was wrong and her reaction to this indignity was right on! Sometimes black people need to make it “uncomfortable” for white people to get the message. I think the mayor is a little uncomfortable tonight!

  60. [re=252822]thefrontpage[/re]: True, but there won’t be that much pleasure in that karma, because unlike, New Orleans, they have the money to re-build.

  61. [re=253199]Schadenfried[/re]: Maybe – don’t forget that Orange Co. CA has one of the BIGGEST municipal bankruptcies in US history just a few years back…

  62. Please tell me I’m not the first to point out the spectacularly absurd photo of the astute mayor and his fellow dignitaries from the city council. [] And WTF is going on inside tall guy’s suit?!? Los Alamitoans (please tell me that’s what they’re called) shouldn’t be surprised about the racism of their leadership considering they elected a religious cult from Arkansas….

    And while you’re there, please do not miss the first item on the city’s site about their 28th annual “Race on the Base” 2009.

  63. [re=252596]Gorillionaire[/re]: About your creepy wealthy wingnuts, my sister has the misfortune to be quite rich (smart divorce, good investments, owns nice low-budget rental property, etc.)

    She and her husband, spry fit attractive white folk in their mid-60s who still have a lot of their money, have decided to quit going on cruises or to nice hotels. Why? Because *all the people on the cruises and in the nice resorts are stupid self-congratulatory dumb-as-shit “Let them eat cake!” clueless racist fucktards* and life is too short to spend *any* time in their company. What passes for “polite conversation” among all these Orange County and Central Coast patricians these days is enough to cause my sister and BIL to lose their lunch. The people they meet on cruises are the worst kind of insular smug hyper-American idiot. That old saying, “Born on third base; thinks he hit a triple!” is true of all of them.

    I’ve even seen this. Down in San Diego for a day about a year ago, my husband and I decided to stop at the Hotel Del Coronado to enjoy the view and have a drink at sunset. Some Navy gala was also happening in the hotel at that time, so there were plenty of drunk flag officers and their spouses lurching around. No matter. Navy town. What do you expect?

    But as I was washing up in the well-appointed bathroom, one of the Naval Officers’ wives, a hideous woman with a Rosie O’Donnell body and a glittery Michelle Bachmann smile, clad in an improbable and age-inappropriate Bob Mackie-type ballgown, lurched out of the next stall, stumbled up to me and began bellowing conspiratorially (yes, it’s possible) “WHADDAYOU MAKE OF ALL THIS *LIBERAL* SHIT??? WHERE DID ALL THIS *LIBERAL ANTIWAR SHIT* COME FROM? THAT’S WHAT *I* WANNA KNOW! WHERE IS THIS *SHIT* COMING FROM??”

    No. She didn’t know me.
    I hadn’t said anything to her.
    I wasn’t dressed like some hippie.
    No peace-sign earrings.
    I have no idea why she chose *me* to listen to her rant.
    I just treated her like she was crazy … although I really wanted to smile sweetly and say, “Oh, it’s just a necessary and natural corrective for too much *Conservative* shit!”

  64. [re=252727]smashtheduck[/re]: This is true. California Assholes tend to cluster in Orange County, San Diego, tiny poor-white-trash OC enclaves within LA County like Lawndale, and our meth-producing backcountry towns near Bakersfield/Fresno, the Inland Empire, and the shittier parts of the mountains … everywhere that Southern Folk moved to during the Depression and the factory-work boom of the War Years.

    The rest of the state is a Liberal powerhouse.

  65. When everyone was doing the redneck ,gun toting , white trash, stereo type jokes about Gov Palin; where was the outrage!!! Everyone, including the white, the blacks and other minorities, need to lighten up. It was just a joke, a poor one, but still only a joke.

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