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‘Young Republicans’ Leader Gal Thinks It’s Super Funny To Call President Obama a ‘Coon,’ Because He Is Black

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Funny cuz it's true, AMIRITE??We’ve been sort of obsessed with Sarah Palin’s Facebook and Twitter pages, but maybe some other Republicans have recently used the popular “social racism” networks, too. Let’s check the Wonkette tips …. Ah, here’s one right there at the top of the Inbox. As usual. Because this is what Republicans do: “Racist ‘humor,’ the Internet, and political ambitions don’t mix. Audra Shay, vice chairman of the Young Republicans and the leading candidate to be elected its chairman on Saturday, is now the latest in a growing list of GOP officials learning this lesson the hard way ….”

Shay is just some 38-year-old “Young Republican” gal in Louisiana who was recently endorsed by Bobby “The Exorcist” Jindal to chair that fine youth organization for the under-40 GOP crowd. A fresh face, etc.! And she got one of those Facebook pages, so she could interact with her friends, the Young Republicans. In response to one such comment by a friend — about how You Know Who is a commie Muslin coon illegal alien — Shay typed an honest, simple reply:

You tell em Eric! lol

Is that so wrong, to encourage a friend? Predictably, some of Shay’s RINO friends from the socialist West Coast or something noted that is was kind of rude and incredibly racist to call black people “coons.” Shay, being a can-do sort of Young Republican, un-friended both of these swine. But she kept Eric, because he speaks Troof 2 PowR.

And later, after Audra sort of half-assed apologized, after getting caught, Eric came back to offer this assessment of, uhm, America?

Yeah, watch out in the South, blacks!

And now everything has been removed from the Facebook world of GOP starlet Audra Shay, even her friendship with Eric! But some librul-queers somewhere did screenshots which are now all over the Internet forever, the end.

New GOP “Racist” Headache [Daily Beast]

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  • stew

    Who says the GOP is committing serial suicide? Hang in there!

  • memzilla

    She uses as many exclamation points as an Alaskan Governor! Also!

  • DonQuixote

    Do you have to be a dumbfuck idiot to be a Republican? Perhaps not, but it sure helps.
    You can see Russia from the Appalachian trail.

  • Mr Blifil

    I half expected “Eric S. Piker” to shout TRUCKNUTZ at the end there…

  • StripesAndPlaids

    Only in the GOP is under 40 young.

  • Terry

    She’s a young Republican gal at 38 yrs old? I guess compared to Nancy Reagan, Elizabeth Dole, and Katherine Harris, she IS young, but still.

    I also think at this point we should be looking for folks who aren’t racists and are still Republicans. Odds are 50-50 on Michael Steele.

  • CorkPopper

    Yay social networking! Used to be, civilized people had to work a bit to uncover who the repulsive racists and homophobes were, especially politicians. Now they just put it all out there voluntarily. Saves more labor than the automatic washing machine, I say.

  • El Bombastico

    Ha ha, that rascally Eric Piker! Will he never learn?

  • ManchuCandidate

    Perhaps that the unreconstructed racists in the GOP ranks should go back to old fashioned US American loser social networking ways involving white sheets and burning crosses. This whole intertubes thing isn’t really working out for them.

  • The Real JR Revisted

    How can you be a 38 year old Young Republican? Much like you can be a lifelong hetero who happens to have a wide stance and that’s it.

  • gurukalehuru

    Eric S Pike/Riker Spice

  • engulfedinflames

    the taco benders are entering with rabid raccoons?

  • bitchincamaro

    Sounds like Shay needs some banhammerin’ lessons. I’d give her one out back of her favorite Denny’s.

  • godforbidowright

    I’m sure her folks would say: “Well, at least she’s finally making friends”.

  • donner_froh

    Where is Captain Renault to help us express how shocked we are at finding public racism in the Republican Party.

  • slappypaddy

    the traffic to and from the right-wing woodshed is crowded and wearing ruts in the trail. they’re gonna run out of willow switches.

  • norbizness

    “Team Renewal” offers the 21st century GOP the same renewal that the Chief gave McMurphy at the end of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

  • Woodwards Friend

    The entire thing is “dusturbing.” People, stop urbing the dust!

  • SayItWithWookies

    Mr. Piker: “This is still America…freedom of speech and thought is still allowed.”

    And thanks for using that freedom to prove one doesn’t have to be a superannuated dipshit to be an appalling racist. And unapologetic. And if Audra wins her little election thingy, then it will only reinforce my own prejudice — about Republicans.

  • lmj

    I love me that GOP Twitter revolution -or maybe ‘twitter revelation’. A real back to the future experience. Who knew so many were into stale 1920s racial humor? The phenomenon is worthy of serious academic study by liberal pointy-headed thought police.

  • The Dallas Office

    And this is why I’m glad I’m moving back to D.C.

  • norbizness

    I also love how the Republikkans make it a point to make single words like overreaction and anyways into two words, presumably since the component words were gay-married against their will by SOCIALISTS.

  • Scarab

    Ten years from now the GOP will figure out how Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the rest of the web tubes work… then watch out!

  • Carson

    Palin/Piker 2012!

  • RightLies

    “there” side? A “Piker,” indeed!

    What does it say about the Republicans that Michele Bachman is beginning to look a bit sane?

  • digibal235

    Damnit. I think she removed he account. Thought I could could slip in as a fellow Louisianian. I even removed the hammer and sickle from my profile picture.

  • Gorillionaire

    Oh how I love the “last time I checked this is still Uhmerica!” argument. Yes the federal prisons are absolutely sardine packed with little racists who put the word “coon” on Facebook or tweeted the n-word to a fellow fascist. What about those 1st Amendment rights! Also!!

  • Brendan M.

    And below that:

    “The Liberal’s propensity to shoot themselves in the foot is amazing isn’t it?”

    Yes, Liberty Ship. It is amazing.

  • RightLies

    Audra: So you’re down with “Obama Bin Lauden?” And the “muslim” crack? You just have a (quite belated) issue with the coon “joke?”


    PS: Isn’t your name missing a final vowel?

  • InsidiousTuna

    You tell em Ken! lol

  • Woodwards Friend

    “Under my leadership as Chairman of the State of Louisiana’s Young Republicans, we were able to raise $90,000 for a minority outreach media campaign.”

    That’s affirmative action! Nice going, RINO.

  • proudgrampa

    My goodness. That is one hell of a racist exchange.

    More “Team Reversal” than “Team Renewal.”

  • Naked Bunny with a Whip

    I think it’s telling that the Young Republicans accept people up to 40 years of age.

  • stew Elephant Audra sounds like someone in the tent next to the guy who bites off the heads of chicken.

  • nowickedwitch

    I couldn’t get past the “Young Republicans” part. Talk about fantasy world.


    [re=355787]Carson[/re]: I was thinking that Eric S Piker must work for either the Grand Wizard of the KKK or Palin, or he does not care much for job security.

  • Barrett808

    [re=355792]digibal235[/re]: Yup, “Audra Sigler Shay” no longer shows up in a Facebook search. Which is a shayme.

  • MargeSimpsonsBlackFriend

    Ken, I hope you have a macro or something that populated this “Republicans R Racist and Don’t Understand the Internets” post for you and then you just have to fill in the names.

  • proudgrampa

    [re=355771]ManchuCandidate[/re]: What is it about the phenomenon of internet social networking that people lose their common sense? The white hoods at least showed some discretion on the part of the racists…

  • Crazybroad

    I’m so glad I ignored her friend request.

  • Scarab

    Young Republicans isn’t accurate, how about Infantile Republicans?

  • x111e7thst

    [re=355785]norbizness[/re]: They are also confused by homophones: “their” and “there” prove particularly difficult for the average repuke.

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=355800]proudgrampa[/re]: The Party of Lincoln is renewing itself in the image of Nathan Bedford Forrest.

  • donner_froh

    How is it possible that Republicans become less and less able to communicate using concepts like “spelling” or “grammar” or perhaps “the English language”?

    I keep thinking they have reached rock bottom in the unintelligible screed sweepstakes but continue to come up winners.

  • lmj

    After thinking about it, all this fuss is more evidence of liberal sexism and reverse racism. Who would guess in a million years that what she did amounted to publishing a stupid crude and insulting racial slur for all the world to see. She surely thought that twitter accounts were secret and exclusive, what with that secret slash thingee separating your brilliant insights from the vulgar brainwashed public -she surely thought it was sort of like talking with the right sort of people at the country club.

  • Greg Comlish

    No, no, no! He obviously meant to say that we need to “take back this country from from all these mad coens” meaning the Coen Brothers. He’s just another person who felt “No Country For Old Men” was overrated.

  • donner_froh

    Eric needs to learn to spell Muslin.

  • engulfedinflames

    [re=355783]lmj[/re]: “into 1920’s stale racial humor” indeed. i haven’t heard the expression “coon” for years and years, guess i’m not spending enough time with racist dickheads, i mean good ole southern boys.

  • Cicada

    [re=355785]norbizness[/re]: What ever, man. You just don’t under stand the oppression of the homo sexual grammar agenda.

  • lmj

    Oops. It was facebook.

  • norbizness

    [re=355812]Crazybroad[/re]: I noticed that we were both fans of Legally Blonde II, Prada handbags, and legalized segregation.

  • Smoke Filled Roommate

    Piker apparently hates Walmart as well.
    wal mart is a klan anyway…….a cult and its sad…….I hate wal mart…..

    There’s something haikuish about that, even though the syllables don’t match…….

  • rev_matt_y

    [re=355804]GDTRFB[/re]: If he’s working for a racist then his job security isn’t threatened at all. I’ve unfortunately worked for people who were quite proud to be racists (and this wasn’t at some stereotypical lunkhead blue collar job, this guy was a chief software architect contracting to a federal agency).

  • President Beeblebrox

    What’s with that Hip Hop Republican blog? Their logo looks like one of the Habbo Hotel raiders of internets legend.

  • snideinplainsight

    Today we are all angryblakguys.

  • Beltway Bully

    ““It seems like some of us Republicans are taking our conservative message, mixing it with personal prejudices and racist views, and calling it patriotism,” says McAllister. ”

    Clearly the GOP will need a new formula, now that a rogue “colored” has spilled the beans.

  • jetjaguar

    We won’t stand for racial slurs!

    Except FUNNY racial slurs! lol

  • sezme

    In the deathless words of Sharon Faulkenbury Lanford, you morons (you know whn you are)!

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    You can still friend Eric, though, even though he changed his name. Unless this is a fake profile that Shorts created.

  • Todd Mecklem

    And a Google search shows that Eric S. Piker has made an instant Facebook name change to Eric Pike. Doesn’t he realize that this messes up all our “piker” jokes? Doesn’t he care?

  • Gopherit

    Tough guys like this that don’t take the government up on their chance to let their machismo out in Afghanistan make me snicker. I bet he’d piss himself if he blew a tire some places in LA.

  • Ken Layne

    [re=355806]MargeSimpsonsBlackFriend[/re]: God I wish ….

  • Citizen Kang

    Like Audra, I am also 38 years old. Unlike Audra, I don’t delude myself into thinking I’m “Young.” Perhaps compared to most the geritol crowd in the GOP I’m young or maybe my narrow ass makes them think of congressional pages…

  • BklynIlluminati

    When confronted yet AGAIN with racist comments from his party Michael Steele said “See this is exactly what I am talking about. In my new Hip Hop Republican party anyone can come join in. BIG TENT BABY! BIG TENT BOOYA!”

  • Johnny Zhivago

    Hey, give the Young Republicans a break when they do something progressive and stop discriminating on the basis of age!

  • RoscoePColtraine

    First the internets, next it will be talked about on the TEE-vee. Back in the day, you could just take some correction fluid to the embarrassing comments people wrote in your weekly bulletin, and GONE! Maybe five or six people saw it, and hey, your word against theirs.

    Goddam instantaneous spread of information.

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=355806]MargeSimpsonsBlackFriend[/re]: Ooh, like Mad Libs, only more/less hilarious.

  • engulfedinflames


    “I”m liberal,to a degree, and want everyman to be free. But if you think I’m gonna let Barry Goldwater move in next door and marry my sister…” Bob Dylan.

  • RoscoePColtraine

    You be da man, Eric! You be da man!! lol

  • Sussemilch

    [re=355761]Mr Blifil[/re]: Speaking of trucknutz, seen Transformers 2 yet?

  • pdiddycornchips

    At first I thought this talk of a southern seccession was way off base but the more you listen to Republicans speak, the more the strategy makes sense. This shit only appeals to white southerners. It repulses everyone else. Poor Bobby Jindal. He’s going to need to move up north before the shootin’ starts. ‘Sides, we kicked their asses once, we’ll do it again if we must. Hopefully Colin Powell will burn down Atlanta and we’ll all get to see it on CNN.

  • Aquannissiwamissoo

    Sharon Faulkenbury Lanford is the ultimate Republican porn name.

    It just screams “sumptuous, faded Old South bodice.”

  • WhatTheHeck

    The republicans are turning into a whiter shade of white. So white, they are blinding those around them with their racist afterglow.

  • qwerty42

    they cannot stop themselves. building the southern republican party from the racists in the old southern democratic party was perhaps not so wise in the long term. and now they can’t get away from them.

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    Somewhere, the zombiefied corpse of Nixon that services Dick Cheney has a tear in its eye.

    But if Audra, she really wants to prove herself a true maverick Republican, she should quit the Chair of the Young Republicans even before being elected. Surely she has done everything she has set out to do, and she can get more Republicans to be racist loons outside of the party structure instead of within it.


  • King of Pants

    [re=355772]The Real JR Revisted[/re]: Come now, Parsons was a member of the Junior Spies way past childhood.

  • Crazybroad

    [re=355828]norbizness[/re]: And trucknutz. Don’t forget trucknutz.

  • Aquannissiwamissoo

    Apparently, only “old style” racism can repel the much greater evil of reverse racism.

    And dood, “coon” is your greatgrandfather’s slur.

    Niggah, pleez.

  • Special Agent Jack Mehoff

    Does this make Mark Foley a twink?

  • BlueStateLibtard

    These Repubatards are getting to be like lemmings that seem to delight in throwing themselves off cliffs.

  • azw88

    [re=355754]stew[/re]: don’t you mean lynch?

  • El Pinche

    [re=355854]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: He’s a pussy for changing his name and using the term illegals instead of Mexicans , or spics (since we know that’s what they really mean).

  • azw88

    [re=355813]Scarab[/re]: no, that group would pretty much include ALL Republicans. We need to have them self-identify in smaller sub-groups. Makes divide and conquer so much easier.

  • Carrie_Okie

    JR TrucNootz sez…

    (Please don’t ban me, not my blog plug Bro)

  • NJB

    Since when is “38” a “young” anything? I mean, ok, maybe that’s young for Geritol, but that’s beyond mid-life crisis territory fer chrissake.

  • problemwithcaring

    This Vera DeMilo-looking ‘ho is young by Repug standards? So is Jonathan Krohn one of them there fetuses the Republicans keep fretting about?

  • inedalo

    what about that republican leader named Steele? how does he evaluate
    the LA younger republicans?

  • Carrie_Okie

    [re=355968]NJB[/re]: Srsly. Dood. Amirite? She’s like OLD. (I’m 43). But then think of it this way. She’s obviously mentally about 9 so, that’s is kind of youthy.

  • A Better American Than YOU

    The real story is that her predecessor at the Young Republicans was “Jessica Colon.”

  • Rufus T. Firefly

    Funny thing: it was probably one of her “friends” that outed her since should SURELY couldn’t have been so dumb as to make EVERYTHING in her Facebook thingy visible to the world.

  • Dave J.

    Has anybody checked with Mike Steele to see what his friend Trevor thinks about this??

  • Man Without Qualities

    [re=355762]StripesAndPlaids[/re]: In fairness, I am pretty certain the Young Democrats of America recruit up to 35. I went to one of their functions back at the 2004 DNCC because I didn’t have any pull to get in anywhere cool and, being of college age, I was undoubtedly the youngest one there. It was a disturbing experience.

  • mookworthjwilson

    [re=355860]Citizen Kang[/re]: Democrats don’t think you are young either…the YDA cuts you off at 36…

  • Georgia Burning

    Facebook is too public, and sheets are too expensive. Can’t there be a “Kowlbook” for “social networking” amongst little grand imperial dragon wannabees?

  • NJB

    [re=355975]Carrie_Okie[/re]: I’m 56 – so far be it from me to call her “old” exactly (the pot, the kettle, la la) – but I just thought Young Republicans had to be in college flunking their courses and spending their inheritance or something.

    Though, you do bring up a salient point about her mental acumen – and may have inadvertently hit on the next Republican recruitment slogan:

    ‘You can’t help getting older, but you can remain immature indefinitely! VOTE REPUBLICAN!”

  • Marquis de Villers-St-Paul

    [re=355984]Rufus T. Firefly[/re]: You know, sometimes those new thingies, such as Facebook, can be bit tricky for the senior citizens.

  • bago

    [re=355785]norbizness[/re]: It’s because they are afeared of grammatical miscegenation.

  • Suds McKenzie

    I will withhold judgment until I hear Mehgan’s response to this.

  • Min

    I keep thinking ritual disembowelment would be soooo much faster that this slow death by racist dumbassery.

  • Todd Mecklem

    [re=355854]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: If the Palins ever come after me I’m changing my name on Facebook to Ted Madcoon. Todd P. has ruined my first name anyway…

  • RobPetrified

    GOP: Big tent, or Big House?
    Whats you wan me to do, massa?

  • badmuthagoose

    I wish more Republicans would show their asses on Facebook, etc. It’s awesome!

  • WingNutsInc

    Thank god Eric S. Piker didn’t make a photoshop of “Obama bin Lauden”, as that makes republicans angry.

  • Dirty Harriett

    USA!USA!USA!!!!1! Also.

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=355983]A Better American Than YOU[/re]: No, that wasn’t her predecessor’s name. Jes’ Colon is where Jesus let boys stick their thangs.

  • isadelia

    [re=355821]donner_froh[/re]: This is how I know I am reading too much Wonkette; I see the word “muslim” and am convinced it is spelled wrong.

  • Pizzuti

    Can we mass-email Piker to let him know the sun better not set on his white ass if he’s in the North?

  • Que miras, cabron!

    This from her page on

    “Once completing her freshman year, she made the decision to join the Unites States Army. While in basic training, President George H.W. Bush deployed troops to Iraq for Operation Desert Storm. Audra graduated from basic individual training and was ordered to Saudia Arabia, but just two short days prior to deployment, the gulf war came to the end.”

    Yeah, well. I signed up for the draft but then the Vietnam War ended.

  • aflurry

    People, he was talking about racoons, sheesh. They are nature’s terrorists…. and also nature’s African Americans.

  • kth

    bet Piker’s a ringer, and dumbass mini-Palin fell for his trolling. Second Facebook post seems a little over the top, even for them. “Dale Lawson” is probably the real deal, though.

  • imissopus

    [re=355799]Woodwards Friend[/re]: Hey, ninety grand will buy a lot of white sheets.

  • torera

    Wonkette: You WILL follow up and let us know if Audra is elected Chairman (of course they use the sexist term) of the Young Repugnicans this weekend, won’t you. Also, pls clarify: is she now viceing the national group or just the Louisiana uh khapter?

  • AhojChris

    “paint me as a racists”

  • Marlowe

    [re=356210]Que miras, cabron![/re]:
    I went and actually read that crap.

    This stood out:
    In 1999, Audra remarried and moved her family to Louisiana, where she gave birth to her second child, Madison. After opening and operating her own special event management business for three years, it is here in Louisiana, that she found her true passion, politics.

    “So, she remarried.”

    “her true passion, politics”
    What about the family?

  • imissopus

    Holy Christ, I sent Pike a friend request on Facebook with the message: “Friend me! I’m a racist cracker too!” And the fucker called my bluff and confirmed me. Now I must go unfriend him. What a douche. Him, not me.

  • Larry McAwful

    Wow… small wonder blacks are flooding to the Republican party these days. Clarence Thomas, Alan Keyes, Michael Steele… They really know how to court black voter, yessiree…

  • Bruno

    I like how 2 of her responses to her retraction qualify their distate with the world “little”. It It was was a “litte dusturbing” (sic) and there was a “little over-reaction”.

    It’s kind of like being a “little racist” (after all I have black friends…like that black guy who fixes the coffee machine at work)

  • buggers

    [re=356252]imissopus[/re]: FUN!! take screenshots first!!

  • HedonismBot

    She’s 38? If she is really so serious about politics, shouldn’t this “young” Republican follow the traditional route and, you know, run for Congress or something? Don’t get me wrong, college graduation should be put off as long as humanly possible, but the Constitution allows people 13 years younger than her to be a U.S. Representative.
    Sort of like that movie “The Ringer,” or that South Park episode where Cartman pretended he was retarded so he could be in the Special Olympics. All the real contenders beat the crap out of him!

  • DangerousLiberal

    Audra’s latest post:

    “Ok, all y’all, ah don’t condone the use of racist terms like coon on this here page. But that don’t mean that if you’re lynchin’ one a them darkies, I won’t stop and rest a spell, and cheer y’all on.”

    38? And that stupid? Key-rist.

  • Pawdedoo

    Maybe the dude just has angry raccoons in his basement.

  • BMK

    Obviously Biden is the only issue dems need to attend to in 2012.

  • Grumpy Old Man

    x111e7thst: They must have a problem with the homo of homophones

  • Pawdedoo

    I’m trying to get my head around this Piker guy’s musing that “if yur ass is black dont let your sun set on it in a southern town” (you’d need a sic macro to mark each of his abuses of the English language; what a credit he is to our race!). Is he under the impression that black people sleep in fields outside of Southern towns? Does he believe there to be some sort of giant encampment just beyond the city limits of, say, Macon, Georgia, to which all the black people in town go once the sun sets?

  • Lolo

    It really shouldn’t be this easy to mock republicans, but sadly, it is.

    Audra Shay may have deactivated her FB account…but she’s still on Linkedin!


  • Carrie_Okie

    Doh, found out!

    J. R. Trucnootz July 6th, 2009 3:09 pm :
    I am deeply offended by the overt bigotry and the casual way both Audra Shay and Eric Piker can be dismissive of their own actions. Fortunately they have outed themselves as insensitive trash and anyone associating with them in the political spectrum will also be tarred as racist bigots.

    Ambrose Pierce July 6th, 2009 3:15 pm :
    You are not a young Republican.

  • Dolmance

    Obama’s election to the Presidency has made racial identity on par with membership in the Chuck E. Cheese Club. And in the process it’s rendered the GOP the Party of the Ridiculous.

  • Utile

    [re=356113]isadelia[/re]: …i read it as muslin, holy crap, it didn’t even register! good job wonkette!

    and yes, i am a loser moved to post weeks after the fact. i am catching up after a few weeks away, and holy crap audra, you spurred me to post even though noone will conceivably ever read this. i am the tree that falls in the woods.