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Why Is Barack Obama Injecting Race Into Classic Children’s Tale ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’?

by Rebecca Schoenkopf

come to mamaKnown race-hustler B. Hussein NOobAma will introduce USA network’s 50th anniversary broadcast of the film version of the charming children’s story of a simpler, less complicated time in American life, To Kill A Mockingbird. Why is Obama injecting race into and making himself the focus of this classic tale of postracial America?

“I’m deeply honored that President Obama will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of To Kill A Mockingbird by introducing it to a national audience,” Pulitzer prize winner and famously media-shy Lee says. “I believe it remains the best translation of a book to film ever made and I’m proud to know that Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus Finch lives on — in a world that needs him now more than ever.”

Harper Lee is a known associate of negros and homosexuals. To Kill A Mockingbird airs on USA Saturday at 8 p.m. [THR, via Wonkette operative "chascates"]

 
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Come here a minute April 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Obama should stick to bustin' up chiffarobes.

emmelemm April 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm

+ 1 million

Lascauxcaveman April 3, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Fastest commenter always gets the coveted chiffarobe reference. Hat's off to you, speedy.

MarionNYNY April 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

He can bust my chiffarobe anytime.

Gleem McShineys April 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I think come November, he's going to be bustin' up Romney's Wooton desk.

OneYieldRegular April 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I was going to be so disappointed if busting up a chiffarobe didn't appear somewhere in the comments, and voila, the very first one. You make Wonkette proud.

oldedinvn April 4, 2012 at 9:49 am

You seem to confuse chiffon robes with race. You can't not spel too good ether.

Chet Kincaid April 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

And Rick Santorum has recorded a very special introduction to "The Birth Of A Nation" for the FOX Movie Channel.

Angry_Marmot April 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm

And then Ron Paul hosts Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS.

rickmaci April 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm

And Newt Gingriech will do one for Triumph of the Will.

miss_grundy April 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Is he wearing his special white hoodie with the matching bedsheet????????

oldedinvn April 4, 2012 at 9:50 am

I would hate to be in that delivery room.

Barb April 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Wait until Fox news finds out about that book that Michelle let's her girls read. It starts out with a girl who blows into a new town and murders someone and then meets up with her new posse and they go on to murder again. It's by some gansta' named L. Frank Baum.

OneDollarJuana April 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

reminds me of that other story about the chick who o.d.'s herself into a coma and is a vegetable until some necrophiliac comes along and french-kisser her awake.

Or the other one about the polygamist girl who has a thing for genetically-stunted people.

Biel_ze_Bubba April 3, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Or the girl who takes what must be LSD and hallucinates about talking animals, animated playing cards, and all sorts of other weird shit. The author was a bit of a perv, too.

JustPixelz April 4, 2012 at 7:03 am

Or the one where the young woman gets pregnant, tells her parents she's really, really, really still a virgin. Then her son grows up and he gets in trouble with the law and gets the death penalty. After the funeral his ghost solves crimes and kisses Demi Moore by transgendering into Whoopi Goldberg's body. Which is why to this day the Pope wears a dress. The end.

Jus_Wonderin April 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Oh my, you won me, especially given our weather here today.

That lil girl Dot was a terror!

Chet Kincaid April 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Sigh, I still remember Election Night 2008…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy8dUJEOqos

(Seriously, that's an awesome number.)

Fare la Volpe April 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

You beautiful man! I used to adore that movie as a youngling (you know that one movie your toddler asks to watch every hour on the hour? Mine were The Wiz and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and I've been looking for an HD version of that song for God only knows how long.

Chet Kincaid April 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Truth be told, I only saw that movie for the first time about 4 or 5 years ago, and that song/number in particular really blew me away. The movie is a really odd mixed bag of allegorical ghetto magic-realism and box-office-driven casting (Diana Ross, really?) but it has a strange charm.

Also, which one is Diana Ross and which one is Michael Jackson, because their mannerisms and singing voices are nearly identical?

Extemporanus April 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm

INJECTIST!

Negropolis April 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm

You made me strain a kidney I was laughing so hard. lol

JustPixelz April 4, 2012 at 6:57 am

And in the movie she says "we're not in Kansas anymore" like that's a bad thing.

oldedinvn April 4, 2012 at 9:52 am

I love romantic stories.

chascates April 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Obama is Atticus Finch, that's it.

James Michael Curley April 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm

He's going to shoot a rabid dog as it walks down the street in Tampa this year?

chascates April 3, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Newt did say he would be there, so maybe.

SorosBot April 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm

What's he going to do next, inject race into Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, Huckleberry Finn, Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Othello?

HippieEsq April 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Sillly…those are banned books in REAL 'Merica.

smokefilledroommate April 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

You forgot Roots.

SorosBot April 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Speaking of which I also forgot The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

OneYieldRegular April 3, 2012 at 6:38 pm

You forget Plan B, by Chester Himes.

Dr. Nick Riviera April 4, 2012 at 12:21 am

Probs start hawking that communist theory the civil war and something to do with racism.

oldedinvn April 4, 2012 at 9:53 am

Birth of a Nation also too.

SayItWithWookies April 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm

And why didn't they let Mitt Romney introduce it? He doesn't know any black people personally, but he's friends with several owners of black people.

tihond April 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm

He was busy recording his intro to "Brewster's Millions"

BerkeleyBear April 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I think "The Toy" is probably more appropriate.

Generation[redacted] April 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

It would be a good double feature with Rick Perry introducing Stir Crazy

kingofmeh April 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

they're going to let him introduce the film version of "a christmas carol," which mittens believes is a tragic tale of the descent into madness of a formerly successful industrialist.

Chichikovovich April 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Mitt's going to introduce a special Job Creator's edition of "It's a Wonderful Life" that has the last fifteen minutes or so edited out.

Biel_ze_Bubba April 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm
Extemporanus April 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm

What up, Boo?!

Radio福井県 April 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Boo who??!!

Extemporanus April 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Heck if I know…

flamingpdog April 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Doing your John Boner imitation again?

Extemporanus April 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Ewell know it when you see it.

Lascauxcaveman April 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Oh, do! I hear it s jem.

stncmchnc April 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Charlie don't surf.

smokefilledroommate April 3, 2012 at 5:09 pm

STORY: Does Brad Pitt's Beane in 'Moneyball' = Gregory Peck's Finch in 'Mockingbird'?

A: No. Fuck no.

BerkeleyBear April 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm

In what fucking universe does that sentence get written? Is this an Onion article or something?

smokefilledroommate April 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm

No, unfortunately it's in the universe of The Hollywood Onion Reporter.

Gleem McShineys April 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Seriously now. Really. Seriously. Stop joking.

Because everyone knows the CORRECT equivalence is Joe Piscopo's Moe Dickstein in Wise Guys.

Biel_ze_Bubba April 3, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Not Joe Pesci in My cousin Vinnie?

metamarcisf April 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Instead of Gregory Peck and Brock Peters, the Fox remake will feature Chuck Norris and Kirk Cameron.

Generation[redacted] April 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Will they protect the poor white xtian from being railroaded by an all-atheist jury?

sewollef April 4, 2012 at 8:49 am

Steven Seagal's a perfect fit for this role…. he will be a grizzled ex-marine or something, with a broken marriage thanks to protecting America from all those dark-skinned bad guys, who then — paradoxically — turns to protecting darkies instead of protecting Amerika 24/7.

There will be some explosions and gun-play as assorted bad guys [their colour still to be determined in the script], attempt to force federal law onto law-abiding and genteel southern gentlemen.

It'll be great. It's already being talked about as a possible oscar nomination for 2013. I have no connection to the scriptwriters or casting director. Really.

MissTaken April 3, 2012 at 5:10 pm

What? You mean Rue in that Hunger Game Mockingjay movie is a BLACK??? Damn you Noobama! http://entertainment.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/

terriblyfamous April 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Those racist motherfuckers need to work on their reading comprehension skills.

Deportably_Jose April 3, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Seriously. IIRC, (having just read the book this past weekend, in preparation for seeing the movie with The Lady) Rue's described not just as being brown-skinned, but as having, specifically, "satiny brown skin". There… aren't many ways she could be not black, honestly.

sullivanst April 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Just when you thought you couldn't possibly lose any more faith in humanity…

SorosBot April 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Wrote another, "Kk call me racist but when I found out Rue was black her death wasnt as sad "

OK, you are a racist, a giant flaming racist turd shitburger; please do humanity a favor and get off this planet.

starfanglednut April 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Oh for fucks sake.

SorosBot April 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

To be serious for a second, though, To Kill a Mockingbird was the first book I had to read for school that I actually enjoyed – before that it was boring crap like Our Town. It deserves it's place as a classic, and it's a shame that Lee never wrote any more novels.

flamingpdog April 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm

She can't – Truman Capote's dead.

Oh, wait!

Geminisunmars April 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm

At last I shall be able to get to sleep nights. (Thank you, FP. Wonkette readers share such good material with each other.)

Biel_ze_Bubba April 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Uh-oh. They put this out on NPR? Won't that make the Teatards obligated to take the opposite side? Because… just because.

Loaded_Pants April 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I've always had the theory that he made some boast to someone, while in a drunken stupor, that he wrote it because he hated the fact that Lee won a Pulitzer & he didn't. But that's my own pet theory about how the rumor got started.

DustBowlBlues April 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I loved it when we read it in English class and it remains one of my two or three favorite books to this day. (The other is Wuthering Heights and Lonesome Dove comes and goes.) The Lees are and always were Methodists, just like Atticus. Best film adaptation of a book, ever. I cannot make jokes about TKAM.

Loaded_Pants April 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Same here. I think it was the only assigned book that I actually liked.

Geminisunmars April 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Ah, Lonesome Dove was one of my top 10 as soon as I read it. Strangely, I haven't been able to get enthused about any other McMurtry.

Chet Kincaid April 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Loved the mini-series, then enjoyed the book as well.

Canmon April 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

The lesson of "To Kill a Mockingbird": Bitches lie about rape.

DerrickWildcat April 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Better be colorized and in 3D.

HarryButtle April 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Colorized?

AlterNewt April 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm

"Conception begins when Barack Obama injects race into your classic American tale."

Gratuitous World April 3, 2012 at 5:12 pm

"Harper Lee?" sounds like a woman's name.

Negropolis April 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Plus, she could read and she wrote a book, so she is a witch, essentially.

ttommyunger April 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm

To be fair, most Rightards will tune out assuming it is a documentary by the Audubon Society.

BigSkullF*ckingDog April 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

No way, it's a huntin show! Yee ha!

ttommyunger April 4, 2012 at 7:23 am

Bird-Hunting Show…..FIXED!

MittsHairHelmet April 3, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Like the rest of Real America, I'll be watching Swamp People instead.

MissTaken April 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Hillbilly Handfishin' fer me!

Chet Kincaid April 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Haven't you used your body as an amusement park enough today?!

orygoon April 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Finally a happy post. Gregory Peck, Harper Lee, and Barak Obama for a massive quantity of win!

DustBowlBlues April 3, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Ain't that the truth?

flamingpdog April 3, 2012 at 5:20 pm

And if this works out well, USA Network will have George W. Bush and Herman Cain introduce their 18-year anniversary showing of "Dumb and Dumber" later this year.

oldedinvn April 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

Huh? I thought that was a documentary of Umerica.

Callyson April 3, 2012 at 5:21 pm

MFer, I want more movie!

Blueb4sunrise April 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I was asked to do an intro to Fapper in the Rye.

bnerd85 April 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Mitt Romney will be introducing audiences nation wide to the spectacle of the Wizard of Oz…. and he will reveal that he got cut from the original movie as the character in search of a personality.

Geminisunmars April 3, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Best Tee-shirt my hubby ever had (and is now faded from being worn and washed since 2000) was one with a picture of Dubya as Strawman and Cheny as Tin Man, with caption for Dubya "If I only had a brain", and for Cheney "If I only had a heart." At least one of them got his wish.

Biel_ze_Bubba April 3, 2012 at 7:08 pm

He was cut because he kept swiping the yellow bricks, whenever nobody was looking.

BigSkullF*ckingDog April 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I read that whole book and I still don't know how to kill a mockingbird.

Dr. Nick Riviera April 4, 2012 at 12:22 am

Single biggest disappointment since The Neverending Story

johnnyzhivago April 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Talk about elitist! An uncolorized black and white movie without any explosions?

BigSkullF*ckingDog April 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Is this the movie where the black guy fights off all the zombies? I love that movie!

Biel_ze_Bubba April 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Close. Surprisingly close.

flamingpdog April 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Oh great, now I'm thirsty.

Mahousu April 3, 2012 at 5:33 pm

In NOObama's version, America apologizes to the mockingbird instead of killing it.

JackObin April 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Can I introduce the Weater Channel's reading of Sartre's "Being and Nothingness"?

oldedinvn April 4, 2012 at 10:00 am

Nah. Wait for the reading of Tis Pity She's (he, it or all) is a Whore, in the original.

Generation[redacted] April 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

"I'm tired of all these mutherfucking mockingbirds in this mutherfucking coutroom."

Classic movie. Just classic.

Lascauxcaveman April 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Well, if a badass like Saml. L Jackson had played the Tom Robinson role, perhaps that escape scene might have gone down differently.

FakaktaSouth April 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

"If I had a trial in the South, it would look like Tom Robinson's"

Harper Lee, intelligent female, from Alabama.
I just like saying a nice thing about this God foresaken place whenever it is possibly possible.

elviouslyqueer April 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

From the comments:

Really? A 20+ year member of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Church of Hate and
Bigotry is going to be introducing the film? Good thing I will be watching ‘The Ten Commandments’ on ABC this Saturday which I doubt Obama will be watching since there are Jews in it.

God, these people.

Chet Kincaid April 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Oh, I'm sure nobody in the cast of "The Ten Commandments" ever engaged in any lascivious Hollywood debauchery! (I'm looking at you, wife-cloning John Derek.)

MosesInvests April 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I doubt Obama will be watching it because he'll be busy having a Passover Seder with his Jewish staffers. God, these people, indeed.

Loaded_Pants April 3, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I doubt Obama will be watching it because it's always on every damn year, everyone's seen it already, and it's four and half fuckin' hrs long.

Geminisunmars April 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm

And it is really a pretty sucky movie, too.

MosesInvests April 3, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Actually, a pretty good movie treatment of the whole Exodus story is, believe it or not, "Prince of Egypt".

Chet Kincaid April 3, 2012 at 6:28 pm

The only way to watch "The Ten Commandments" is while throwing a big ol' campy party where all the guests have to dress as their favorite characters, which I keep threatening to do one of these years. Although that kind of party is something I might have done 20 years ago when I wasn't old and married.

Geminisunmars April 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Ooooh. OOohh. Can I come as the burning bush?

Chet Kincaid April 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm

That's the Spirit!

FakaktaSouth April 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm

I have never seen this movie. I HAVE seen the one where Mel Brooks drops the 5 we didn't need anyway, so I feel like I could still contribute to a conversation at this party of yours.

Loaded_Pants April 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Also, give it the mst3k treatment.

paulabflat April 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm

i'll be nefertiri. cause, you know, i look just as much like an ancient egyptian as anne baxter did. maybe more.

and moses took the rod of god in his hand.

OneYieldRegular April 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm

"Look grandfather – Nubians!"

Wile E. Quixote April 4, 2012 at 1:39 am

Yeah, because The Ten Commandments is chock full of Jews. Jews like Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Yvonne DeCarlo, Vincent Price, Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, John Carradine oh wait, Edward G. Robinson was Jewish, so there was at least one Jew in the movie, even if he was a liberal.

Poindexter718 April 3, 2012 at 5:43 pm

With special guest star Sen. Tim Johnson (D-Minn.), as himself.
(woof!)

johnnymeatworth April 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Wait till you find out how he introduces "Mandingo…."

Chet Kincaid April 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm

In Rick Santorum's America, "A Raisin In The Sun" will only be performed with an all-white cast!!

Geminisunmars April 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm

His version will be "A Prune in the Sun".

Loaded_Pants April 3, 2012 at 7:32 pm

The sequel: "Runs in the Sun".

OneYieldRegular April 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Or with an actual raisin. These people don't "get" literature.

Generation[redacted] April 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

An ensemble cast starring the California Raisins!

Biel_ze_Bubba April 3, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Also Porgy and Bess, also.

emmelemm April 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm

In blackface.

flamingpdog April 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm

In Rick Perry's America, it would be "A-Raisin' Hell in the Sun". YEE-HAA!!

Thedongsofwar April 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Aticus!

LettucePrey April 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm

In other news, Newt Gingrich will introduce "Song of the South" on the Disney channel.

Troglodeity April 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm

In other news, Mitt Romney's introduction of "Homeward Bound" on Animal Planet did not go well.

flamingpdog April 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm

His performance in "Dog on a Cold Car Roof" did not go over very well, either.

obfuscator2 April 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm

"miss jean louise, stand up. your father's passin'."

Jukesgrrl April 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I can make myself cry just to think of Rev. Sykes telling Scout that.

horsedreamer_1 April 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Arguably, a more incendiary work than Huck Finn, but in my school district, we read Mockingbird a year earlier.

& I am pretty sure a certain epithet is in both (though in greater number in Huck).

oldedinvn April 4, 2012 at 10:03 am

You make me almost wish I could read.

sbj1964 April 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

In todays economy Mocking bird is the new Chicken. Thanks to the GOP.

mrblifil April 4, 2012 at 9:31 am

It's a little unusual though that they have scheduled "Blackula" to run in the timeslot immediately thereafter.

VicariousMe April 3, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Quite actual too. ♪Though hope is frail, it's hard to kill♪.

MosesInvests April 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm

One thing I like is that they pronounce the Hebrew names correctly. That, and Tziporah (a Midianite, ie Arab woman) isn't a pale redhead. Sheesh. OTOH, it's a tossup between Yul Brynner and Ralph Fiennes as to who was the most badass Rameses.

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