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Tennessee Legislators Just Want To Hang Out With Their Blackface Pastors

Circa 2010, actually.Tennessee Republican Terri Lynn Weaver has SOMEHOW gotten into controversy by posting a photo of herself with her fat pastor dressed as a blackface Aunt Jemima, which you can see at left. What you can’t see at left is the comment Weaver wrote on this photo: “Aunt Jemima, you is so sweet.” WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT? Surely this nice white lady just meant that she loves that particular pancake-dust brand and would like it to be her friend on Facebook! And doesn’t everyone have a pastor who dresses up as offensive caricatures of minorities? That’s, like, the most important part of the Bible. Jesus was always wearing hilarious costumes like this. And in response to the furor over this offensive stereotype, the woman is now defending herself in the most stereotypical way possible.

Yes, that’s right: “I’m the least racist of anyone. Some of my greatest friends are black.” Problem solved.

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Yes, stand strong, white lady! There was probably no other costume for her pastor to wear, anyway.

Someday you can tell your grandchildren about Terri Lynn Weaver when 50,000 similar things are still happening in the South. [WSMV via Wonkette operative "Christy F."]

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158 comments

  1. V572625694

    Video linky no workie, even on the original site. Xtine must've sued for it already, out of habit.

  2. finallyhappy

    Now I am not Christian, from Tennessee or a Republican but I do think that the White Christian Bible recommends dressing up in a racist manner before preaching about how the Bible allowed slavery.

    1. Preferred Customer

      "I am not Christian, from Tennessee or a Republican." If I accomplish nothing else in life, on the day I die I will have that mantra to take with me, and comfort me, before I go to stand before Zeus and answer for my crimes.

    2. BarryOPotter

      Now I am not Christian, from Tennessee or a Republican

      Then you must know too much about what's actually in the Bible to be just willy nilly making comments about it like some educated, intellectual, elitist smarty-pants, gosh darn it!

  3. JMPEsq

    It's Tennessee, so unlike New Yorkers her constituents might see this as a positive.

    Cue Brietbarters, "HA see U lieberals think eveything is racist; this just a good bit off fun."

  4. ManchuCandidate

    “I’m the least racist of anyone. Some of my greatest friends are black.”

    What she really said was:

    “I’m the least racist of anyone. Some of my greatest friends are wearing blackface.”

    1. NorthStarSpanx

      Sarah is not a racist, she's married to a [Yup'ik Eskimo] native and they live through discrimination every day in Alaska, she's going to work on that. And she's not anti-gay, one of her roommates from one of her six colleges was a lesbian and Sarah didn't criticize her 'choice.'

      Sarah and Terri, we're good. After all, you are harmless, non-polarizing white ladies. It's all cleared up.

    1. SmutBoffin

      As a matter of fact, this will probably be the least offensive thing you see between now and 2012.

  5. PublicLuxury

    It is only racist if I say it is, damnit. I have lots of teh black and teh gay and teh hispanic and teh muzzzlun friends. They love it when I make fun of them and use racial slurs. Get over it n*****. Talk about uppity. Next thing you know, they'll want to run for preznit.

    1. JMPEsq

      George Bush on Today said Kanye's comments was the worst moment of his presidency. Yep, worst than Katrina itself, 9/11, or anything else.

      1. imissopus

        Said he didn't appreciate because it was as if Kanye was calling him a racist and he is most assuredly not racist and wants everyone to have an opportunity to succeed.

        It's just he didn't want the oppressive hand of government helping them succeed in escaping rising flood waters, I guess. Because then they would expect the government to help every time New Orleans gets flooded when instead those shiftless old blacks need to drag their oxygen tanks out to the canals and throw sandbags in any breaches themselves.

        1. JMPEsq

          Plus, his buddy Brownie had been fired from his horse-judging job; what was he supposed to do, not hire him?

    2. BaldarTFlagass

      "Yo Terry, I'm really happy for you, and I'ma let you finish, but Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder did one of the best blackfaces of all time!"

  6. Lazy Media

    In his defense, that's a really easy costume if you can't think of a good one. Especially for a fat guy who likes fake-maple corn syrup on his pancakes.

    1. BarryOPotter

      Especially for a fat racist guy who likes fake-maple corn syrup on his pancakes and wishes he was a large black woman cause he seems to always have a hankering for large black co /fixed

    2. comrad_darkness

      I sure hope someone pointed out to him that the rest of us are unfairly forced to subsidize his corn syrup addiction and future diabetes.

  7. OneYieldRegular

    A pastor dressing up in blackface caricature? Good heavens! Why, the next thing you know we'll find out the Pope dressed up like a Nazi.

  8. Jukesgrrl

    For reasons even I don't understand, I need to be clear on this. Is the pastor a man or a woman? Is the person not only in blackface, but also cross-dressing?

      1. Jukesgrrl

        Thanks, I didn't watch the video — too depressing. Why don't we just make Skoal Rebel the king of Tennessee and get it over with?

    1. Tobacky

      HA! Tennessee would never allow a woman pastor. But they aren't sexist, some of their best moms are women.

    1. Preferred Customer

      Yes, this guy isn't really in blackface. He is simply an historical reenactor. Though in truth I have no interest in seeing his recruitment video.

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        Speaking of Cincy, I got to lay eyes on the Terminator Touchdown Jesus when I was driving down there from Dayton last month! Win!

    1. Barrelhse

      I saw some eating white paste, although they didn't have access to any Playdoh which is probably why, and it tastes good.

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        Library paste is a gateway food and leads inexorably to the eating of lead-based paint chips.

  9. Texan_Bulldog

    Hey, another day that ends in 'y' & another racist Republican. If she thinks she's the 'least racist' person she knows, I'd hate to see who she thinks is the most racist.

    The only mystery is why these people are so stupid to post it on their FB accounts where anyone can see it.

  10. Zvi_Bleindmeis

    The pastor is a dude, right? So it's all innocent fun. Nobody is calling him a sexist, are they? And what's more, he was dressed as a black female member of a pentecostal church, rather than Southern Baptist. That was the real joke. You see, Baptists don't really love pentecostals. It's funny!

    This is exactly the same humorless, PC attitude I ran into this Halloween when I dressed in scrubs and an eyepatch, carrying a bloody coathanger, and wearing a nametag "Dr. Tiller." IT'S A JOKE, PEOPLE! Lighten up!

    Oh wait, was that racist!?

    1. obiwanacracker

      Which brings to mind that old chestnut: Why don't southern baptists fuck standing up? Because people might think they are dancing. Badabing!

        1. RhinestoneEater

          Why should you always take two Baptists fishing with you? If you only take one, he'll drink all your beer.

      1. Advn2rgirl

        I, personally, would like to apologize on behalf of Smith County, Tennessee, and for all fundie Christians, everywhere, who think like that. My Lord, my strength: ign'ance like that makes Baby Jesus drink himself to sleep at night.

    1. Jukesgrrl

      Did you notice the sidebar that linked to "games to help pass the time"? Because idle hands are the devil's handiwork, no doubt. No because there's not one DAMN THING to do in Smith County.

    1. not that Dewey

      That, and the Facebook Defense. I'll have to try that sometime — "But officer, it was on my facebook, so there!"

  11. mookwrthwilson

    Damn…I was so hoping there would be comments on that story with tons of goobers trying to claim that we are the bad people for thinking that there is anything wrong with someone dressing in blackface…ugh…so disappointing…

    1. HistoriCat

      Give it time … they're probably still busy making another commando raid onto the librul sites and pasting the same stupid crap about 1000 times.

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        It's like the Goonies; if they find the treasure ("destroy the liberals"), they will prevent the destruction of their homes ("country").

  12. MathIsHard

    This must be a new Noth America-wide costume trend.

    The worst part? The local newspaper took a poll and apparently the readers are torn ~ 50/50 about whether the stunt counts as "racist" or "humourous".

    Anyway, the moral of the story is moving to Canada will not get you farther away from racist douchebags, in case you were thinking about it.

    1. anniegetyourfun

      They didn't have an option for "humorously racist"? Not that that would have been my choice.

    2. BarryOPotter

      Seriously, people, lighten up. It's not like the KKK ever killed anyo,… Uh, I mean a little rope around a man's neck never did anyone any har… Oh for fuck's sake, really, Canada? Really? 1st prize?

    3. comrad_darkness

      Since they are mocking the U.S., I'd just chock it up to "political statement" aboot how Canada is not the U.S., thank you, even though it is, and they all know it.

  13. Kitty_Sanchez

    She wasn't screaming "Ni99er!" or trying to kill anybody with brown skin, y'all. So how could she be racist? "It's all in good fun." Y'all just don't know how to have fun, Tennessee style.

  14. PsycWench

    Oh, please. Didn't he get the memo yesterday? Orange is the new black and you don't have to limit it to your face either.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      A foolish young man
      From a middle class fam'ly
      Started singin' the blues
      'Cause he thought it was manly
      Now he talks like the Kingfish
      ("Saffiiiee!")
      From Amos 'n Andy
      ("Holy mack'l dere . . . Holy mack'l dere!")
      He tells you that chitlins . . .
      (Chitlins!)
      Well, they taste just like candy
      He thinks that he's got
      De whole thang down
      From the Nivea Lotion
      To de Royal Crown

    1. Extemporanus

      "Kissing a man with a beard is a lot like going to a picnic — you don't mind going through a little bush to get there!"

      - Miss Minnie Pearl

  15. slappypaddy

    i have ancestors buried in tennessee but probably not deep enough. i do not think they are spinning in their graves over the lingering racism so many in their state still seem eager to volunteer for.

    as for me, i know not what course others may take, but i left tennessee before i was born. fuck all, it was before i was even conceived i got the hell out.

    1. Kitty_Sanchez

      "I was born in Alabama but I had only lived there a month before I had done everything that there is to do. Even as an infant I was bored and crawled to the state line." — Paula Poundstone

  16. imissopus

    Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver is facing criticism after posting a picture on the Internet that some are calling racially offensive.

    Some call it racially offensive. Others say it's an interesting debate and both sides make good points. I mean, after all we've done for those people, where's the harm in bringing back some old stereotypes? Are we supposed to pretend forever that we've become sensitive to our nation's long history of race-based injustice?

    Gah, I hate everyone. I'd like to volunteer for that mission to Mars that involves never coming back to Earth.

  17. Limeylizzie

    OK, I am probably over-tired but for some insane reason this made me weep like a baby, not the epic tsunmai-wave losses of last night, but this stupid, stupid person who has not a lick of sense in her brain and cannot comprehend that this is racist…yes this made me cry.

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      Well, you're living in that strange place called 'murica, so it's either laugh, cry, or shoot an office full of co-workers. Those are your choices.

    2. nappyduggs

      What you are "over-tired" of is some more of the same bullshit that makes so many wheels spin in this flawed, flawed nation of ours. This shit is so deeply ingrained, I guarangoddamntee you that when these poor nincompoops issue these apologies and claim that some of their "greatest friends" are black that it is as true as it can be- for them. I had so many friends in high school that used to say-and I'm dead serious here- that I was the only black person that they would ever consent to speak to, and openly used the "magic word" around me all of the time. I was different, you see. If you want to know how someone really feels about any minority, let one of their kids bring a member of said minority home and present them as a significant other. The truth will out, trust. In other words, darling Lizzie, hook up an IV, fill that bitch with your drink of choice, and do the best that you can.

        1. nappyduggs

          Haha, no! I am not nearly as cool. And my hair won't stay in dreadlocks, no matter how hard I try :(

          1. DoktorZoom

            Don't say you're not cool! You hang out at Wonkette–and Wonkette is the very apotheosis of cool!

    3. deanbooth

      Sorry to hear that Lizzie. Unfortunately, this is our history and, probably, our future (at least until we boomers die out).

      1. Zvi_Bleindmeis

        Mr. Booth, I wish I agreed with your hopeful outlook. I'm a few steps farther out in the hinterland than Smith County, but I can tell you with confidence that there is a whole generation — or more accurately, a succession of younger generations — ready to replenish the ranks of the other side of the culture war. Skoal Rebel has a surprisingly large ilk.

    4. MiniMencken

      Someday soon, I hope, you'll nip over for a spot of tea and a good chin wag at the old house deep in the Kentish countryside. We'll look out through the French doors in the parlour at the bunnies gamboling on the lawn and this will all seem like a bad, bad dream.

    5. transfatz

      These two years have been a torrent of thinly disguised undisguised racism. I can only give you a thumbs up and toast you with my favorite bourbon. Have hope, soldier on!

    6. ShaveTheWhales

      I'm coming to a lot of this a little late today, but I think basically share your POV. In any case, my own POV is "Oh, fuck. I'm 63. Haven't we gotten beyond this? Even a little?"

      The only positive thought I can advance is that, while my kids can certainly be assholes (hey, they learned it from me), they couldn't do this shit. And I mean "couldn't". They're not completely "color-blind" (who is?), but they can recognize a pointless insult when they see it.

      Still, fuck it.

  18. chickensmack

    Wonkette, I know it's news, and I know it's relevant, but please stop reposting stories about my beloved volunteer state and its volunteer racism. We are not all classless bigoted fucksticks — despite the overwhelming evidence (photos, videos, forwarded emails) to prove it.

  19. BarryOPotter

    "What? Shits and giggles, guys! Just shits and giggles!" is what he said, but in its original German it came across as: "I'm just a raging, flatulent asshole with some seriously fucked world views because of the Joos." Bad PA system? Probably not.

  20. PresBeeblebrox

    Watched the video. Delicious irony in the story being delivered by a black anchorman as he deadpans "…under fire for posting a picture on the Internet that SOME call racially offensive." And a black reporter too. Win!

    I love the Senate lady's epic hat… she and the other guy they interviewed must be the only 2 Democrats left in all of Tennessee now.

    So, it's been about 147 years since the Battle of Gettysburg. Maybe by 2157 all of the fucking racist DNA out there will have drained from our national gene pool, or am I overly optimistic?

    1. HistoriCat

      By 2157 they'll probably be re-enacting the Battle of I-70 which took place in 2033. But just because they ride around in replica antique scooters doesn't mean they're racists.

  21. CapeClod

    Give the pastor a break, everyone. He wasn't dressed as Aunt Jemima. This was his heartfelt Halloween tribute to trail breaking actress Hattie McDaniel.

    1. nappyduggs

      If his focus was even the least bit correct, he would have gone ahead and gotten a fupa reduction and a penile enlargement.

  22. a_pink_poodle

    Why is Wonkette getting sooo up in arms about just a little black face when they conveniently ignore Obama's BLATANT ANTI-WHITE RACISM when he said Republicans had to ride in the back, of which he meant ride in the back of the bus like The Blacks(tm) or else be beaten by his New Black Panther police officers like my granddaddy did proudly to put food on the table?

    1. kenlayisalive

      Yes, but I'm guessing by next cycle you will have to be both in blackface AND in an SS uniform to be a viable candidate.

  23. Naked_Bunny

    Sorry, but "some of my best friends are black" won't cut it this time. She needs to give Al Sharpton a live blowjob on Fox to prove she's not racist.

    1. finallyhappy

      Right, because he was dressed up "as syrup". Why don't these people just admit it was wrong??? I guess because in somewhere like Tennessee, people buy this racist BS.

    2. DonnyKerabotsos

      …she then added, " I was just excited because it's been a coon's age since I saw anyone in blackface."

    3. OhNoGuy

      Watch the video for the perfect rendition of the "I is so dum" defense.

      There WILL BE a quiz tomorrow.

  24. Fare la Volpe

    Shit, my father dressed up as Aunt Jemima for Halloween once back in the 70s. If I ever want to be President la Volpe, I have one of two options:

    1) Burn the pictures
    2) Become a Republican

    Either way, problem solved.

  25. PresBeeblebrox

    I see she's one of those military-fetishizer types. We're not fit to tie her combat boots, or she's not fit to tie their combat boots, or something like that.

    O HAI, she has a guestbook!

    1. One_Man_Band

      Aw, but the website states: "We are currently implementing new protocols to combat spam and other unauthorized postings." Which I assume means they figured out how to delete the hundreds of comments that Wonkette readers have already hit them with. This is actually shows a high degree of tech savvy for a Republican.

    2. kenlayisalive

      Gah. keeps saying invalid data. I'll assume just blocks all messages including the phrase "fuck you and your fat friend there, the one in the blackface" and call it a night.

  26. marinmaven

    I remember. I am old too. The Flip Wilson Show and all the other variety shows were on the teevee and I would watch. I also remember "Geraldine" on Hollywood Squares — not the Whoopie Goldberg version, but the one with Paul Lynde.

    1. fatoots

      If you are ever in the Boston area you must let me know so I can buy you a coffee or something much stronger and we can share kid stories and pictures. You are my hero after having the patience to school that fuckwad.

      1. marinmaven

        I love Boston. Used to live there. Would love to have some coffee and/or cocktail. If you are ever in the San Francisco area let me know.
        At first I thought he was threatening me with his ghilly suit, but I think that guy wanted to make me his girlfriend. /shiver
        Too bad I am not into the "paranoid sasquatch" type.

  27. tribbzthesquidz

    It's not unusual here to see people in blackface on Halloween. Hahaz! Blackface! Million unthinking laughz! My question, has anyone ever seen any Af-Am folks wear whiteface on Hallows? I've never seen this myself and I sorta doubt it is as common as the whitez with blackface.

  28. TakingAmes

    Tennessee really elected a bunch of winners this time around. This lady's a brand new state legislator-elect. And yes, she does have a funny name. http://www.sheilabutt.com/books.htm My faves are "Seth and Sara Ask: Does God Love Michael's Two Daddies?" and "Everyday Princess: Daughter of the King," which exhorts teenage girls to date within their own race because it's more "helpful" and "beneficial." You just can't make this shit up.

  29. aious

    I am sure Republicans will blast Democrat for bringing up the race card on this subject

    How dare Democrats bring up the race here!

  30. comrad_darkness

    Do not, I repeat, do not travel to The Netherlands around the Christmas holiday if you do not like blackface.

    (Although those Dutch girls are cute in their blackface and "joker" outfits, actually. I'd hit it.)

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