not a racist bone in her body

Arizona Talk Radio Gal Who Called Obama ‘Monkey’ Has Excellent Reason Why She Is Not Racist

Listen to that honeyed voice, belonging to one Barbara Espinosa, a sweet old grandma type who loves nothing more than to go on her radio show, “Hair on Fire,” and say things about how she voted for the white guy and how she doesn’t call Obama “the first black president” but prefers to call him “a monkey” instead.

Surely, Ms. Espinosa couldn’t be … A RACIST????!!!!!

Of course not, DON’T BE RIDICULOSE!

So, are some of Ms. Espinosa’s best friends black? Well, no. Is her calling Mr. Obama “a monkey” the fault of the Google, for hosting images of racist monkey cartoons she was sent? Sure! But here is the best reason Barbara Espinosa is not a racist, and we are sure you all will agree it is air-tight and if anything it just makes too much sense:

Barbara Espinosa cannot be a racist because her last name is Espinosa. CASE CLOSED!

CASE REOPENED! Does this fly in the face of every conservative statement for the past 30 years, about how minorities are the real racists? Yes. Does “logical consistency” or “coherence” or “not being a giant racist” matter to Barbara Espinosa? MAYBE — PERHAPS — the answer is “no.”

Here, to finish off this post in an elegant manner, is Barbara Espinosa’s explanation regarding her calling the president of the United States a monkey, and why that is not racist.

Oh fine, here, via intrepid commenter La_Cieca, is her cached apology. And now we are done.

[ThinkProgress, via intrepid Wonkette operative “Weejee”]

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    1. RayneMan

      That's who I thought the article was going to be about…until I saw the picture.
      No, Brewer looks more like one of those shriveled-up apple dolls they forced us to make in Art class when we were kids.….

      If she wasn't so busy pointing her finger in POTUS' face, or building a wall to keep out them there for'ners, or passing anti-vag bills, I'd have someone check her for vital signs.

    1. sullivanst

      Wow, she really is retuuuurrrhhhh… ridiculous. Barbara, honey, if you're gonna attempt to use evolution as your defense, you gotta realize that monkeys are not apes (it's right there in your cut'n'paste you moron), and it's apes from which we evolved, not monkeys.

        1. sullivanst

          In what respect, Charlie?

          Apes broke off from simians before we broke off from apes, and so I believe it would accurate to say that our common ancestor with chimpanzees was an ape. Monkeys and apes share common ancestors, and hence monkeys and humans, but our ancestry does not pass through Cercopithecoidea (old-world monkeys) or Platyrrhini (new-world monkeys)

  1. OkieDokieDog

    She doesn't look very "brown" to me. Did she marry outside her Aryan supremacist race?

    1. bobbert

      She is — according to one of her own bios — a widow. My three-minute google search limit doesn't reveal if Espinosa is her maiden or married name.

  2. Callyson

    Lost track of how many times she said "I voted for the white guy, myself," but she did so at least five times in thirty seconds. Nope, not racist at all…


        1. Negropolis

          Send this thing to David Guetta, and he'll make this old bat a star, I tells ya'! A STAR!

  3. seppdecker

    Yes Barbara, because if the history of America has taught us anything, it's that minorities don't hate on minorities. Except the Krauts hating on the Irish. And the Irish hating on the blacks. And the blacks hating on the Koreans. And the Koreans hating on the blacks. And the Cubans hating on all other Hispanics. And the closeted Republicans hating on the gays. And the WASPs hating on everybody.

    1. Baconzgood

      When in Jr. High I was a stock boy at a grocery store and it never ceased to amaze me no matter how wide the isles were a little old lady would ram me in the back at least 4 times a day. THAT'S WHY I HATE OLD PEOPLE. And their smell too also.

      1. SorosBot

        Oh yes, back when I worked at a Woolworth's, shortly before the chain died, I very quickly learned that old people and teenagers were the absolute worst customers.

    2. MissTaken

      Also, they always smell like a mixture of Ben Gay, peppermint, and liver and onions. Yummy.

    3. MOG2410

      Argh, guess I'm headed for the "recycling" center, like Robinson in Soylent Green. *sob*

  4. elviouslyqueer

    Barbara Espinosa cannot be a racist because her last name is Espinosa.

    Good to know. So she won't mind me telling her that her dried-up husk of a face, makeup that looks like it was applied with a paintball gun, glasses that are two centuries out of style, teeth that make saber-toothed tigers envious, and hair that hasn't seen a brush, hot wax treatment, or decent conditioner since the Paleolithic era, could all really use a serious makeover. Because I'm a fag. I know these things.

      1. sullivanst

        I'm guessing there's more that could be said, but it sure was as scorching as the Arizona sun.

    1. rmjagg

      she needs a good old fashioned bikini waxing , the old fashioned way , with hot tar and feathers , on a rail , on the way out of town …

  5. SexySmurf

    Barbara Espinosa cannot be a racist because her last name is Espinosa.

    Isn't Espinosa Mexican for "Derbyshire?"

  6. Groupshrug

    She says she "voted for the white guy"

    Yea, what was that guy's name? You know, the one that was running with Sarah Palin?… He was old and he fought in WWII or something… Then he did some commercials for boner pills and was on Dancing With the Stars…

    What was that guy's name?

    1. Veritas78

      The one who has been her own senator for 26 years? You know, Senator Whatshisname.

      This actually gives me great pleasure—so glad to see he's had such an impact.

    2. Negropolis

      All of them, Katie. Every last fuckin' one of them. You know what they say, they all look the same.

    1. Fred_Wertham_Jr

      If you stare at her long enough, she changes from an old crone into a lovely young woman in a hat. It can take awhile. Kind of let your eyes go out of focus. I'll get back to you.

  7. freakishlywrong

    I'd be happy to see the whole state consumed in a hate-fire. Except Pinal County. Really, they serve no purpose. Burn, assholios.

  8. SoBeach

    Sometimes it's fun being a middle-aged white guy in this country, what with how everything revolves around me and all, but there is a downside. Racist jackasses like this revolting crone see me and assume, based on how I look, that it's safe for them to say whatever ignorant, hateful thing pops into their head.

    Calling the President a "monkey" is nothing compared to some of the shit otherwise normal looking people have said to me in the past three years.

  9. Antispandex

    Time to change the name of her "radio show" from Hair On Fire, to Pants On Fire? Oh, I would never call someone a liar though, because my name is…well, that's not the point. I do believe anything old white women say though, because my grandma was one, and she didn't lie, hence, no old white woman lies! That's what you call a syllogism.

  10. freakishlywrong

    Aaaaaaaaaand we have an update!

    Arizona GOP Chair On Radio Show When Host Called Obama A ‘Monkey,’ Said Nothing

    Both parties do it.

  11. bringmeanaxe

    I remember being in Mexico a few years ago, and they had Little Black Sambo stuff in stores. But it wasn't racist, 'cause it was made by yellow people and being bought by brown people.

  12. succalina

    "America thinks it, Barbara says it."

    Not all of America, Barb. And when it's race war time, you might want to move back to the Third Reich.

  13. Chet Kincaid

    The Root, in the midst of being Adult about the whole tawdry business, quotes a transcript of a caller later on in the show (Death Squads have been dispatched to correct this fellow's departure from Conservative Orthodoxy):

    This show just took a very interesting turn. I'll be honest with you; it's amazing that people who supposedly care about freedom are unwilling to be tolerant of any other idea other than their own. You know, I'm not saying their ideas are right, but how about citing them intellectually instead of calling names. I have to say to you, the few things I just heard, they're insulting. I mean, straight up insulting, and I think anyone listening would feel the same way. I think that if all you're trying to do is get a little bit of notoriety by what you said and maybe that will bring some attention to your show, well you know, that's your choice, but you know what, that was wrong.

  14. MissTaken

    But monkeys are cute!! Calling the black monkey in the White House a monkey is a term of endearment!

  15. Chet Kincaid

    What's interesting is, this is the kind of ugly mindlessness that you'd expect from a caller or commenter, and yet she is actually the host of a radio show. Does her show have any actual reach, or is it just some tiny-wattage station you can hear for a block and a half? It's just hard to imagine the inmates being let in the asylum's studio in anything like a mainstream AM station. (I complain, again, about the shoddy journalism of the blogosphere, including at times Wonkette.)

      1. Chet Kincaid

        Rush would never straight-out call Obama a monkey, he'd find a different way to insultingly come up to the edge of it, while blaming liberals and black people.

        1. sullivanst

          "Take that bone out of your nose and call me back"?

          "Barack the Magic Negro"?

          "Halfrican American"?

          1. sullivanst

            Most of the time he does try to maintain plausible deniability, I agree, but sometimes he just can't help himself. Maybe it's the drugs, or maybe he's just not as smart as he thinks he is (he's definitely not as smart as he thinks he is).

    1. bobbert

      She appears to have show on at 7PM on Wednesdays on KFNX, which is an AM wingnut talk radio station, very heavy on the syndicated shows. They don't have Rush or Hannity, so maybe they're not the prime outlet in Phoenix.

      I have far exceeded the amount of time I should have allocated to this bimbo, so I believe I'll go cut down some manzanita.

      Oh, and Espinosa is a widow, but I don't know if that's her maiden or married name.

  16. Doktor Zoom

    From her cached blog:

    Unless there has been a takeover of America and free speech is no longer allowed and I can be put to death for making a remark, I refuse to take the fifth.

    Another wingnut who does not seem to understand that free speech only means you are free to speak, not that you will be free from mockery, criticism, and being called a racist. All of which are exactly the same as being put to death.

    1. sullivanst

      More than that, free speech guarantees our right to call her a racist for being racist and a moron for not understanding how free speech works. And also to say "Burn Her!" (as long as we're not addressing a pitchfork wielding mob in her near vicinity)

    2. TribecaMike

      She's either too dumb to know what taking the fifth means (in a non-Jack Daniels kind of way), or she spends a lot of time in court.

    1. TribecaMike

      As a Pima County politician friend of mine says, "It's going to take a while to get Ron up to speed on local southern Arizona issues, he's been in D.C. too long."

  17. Eve8Apples

    I do not understand why any rational, reasonable business owner interested in promoting the business to rational, reasonable consumers would ever advertise on talk radio.

  18. Allmighty_Manos

    Arizona may be a center of whole lot of crazy, but Obama is still only 4 points behind Romney there.

  19. Tundra Grifter

    That voice! Who else applied for the radio host job and didn't get it? What on earth did they sound like? Brakes with no pads at the bottom of a five-mile hill?

    It would be bad enough if she had nothing to say. But she's just got to get her racist on. On the airwaves owned by the public that her radio station pays nothing for.

    1. bobbert

      I've looked at the station's website. I believe you can buy time from them for your very own show.

  20. poorgradstudent

    So, if I translated her "apology" right from crazy speak, her answer is literally…

    "By calling Obama a 'monkey' I only meant to imply that he's sub-human!"

    Dear God, she's completely snark proof.

  21. proudgrampa

    "…during a Monday Night Football telecast on September 5, 1983, (Howard) Cosell said of Washington Redskins wide receiver Alvin Garrett, "That little monkey gets loose, doesn't he?" The Rev. Joseph Lowery, then-president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, denounced Cosell's comment as racist and demanded a public apology, but Cosell refused, citing his past support for black athletes and stating that "little monkey" was an affectionate term he had used in the past for diminutive white athletes (including Mike Adamle, for whom Cosell was on record using the term 11 years prior), as well as for his own grandson." (Wikipedia)

    See? Barbara was merely expressing her love for our president, the little monkey!

  22. randcoolcatdaddy

    I'm sorry – even thirty years ago in bumfuck North Carolina, this kind of talk would get you fired from a radio station. We'd be polite enough to call them Negroes.

  23. scvirginia

    I would say that she's the hostess with the mostest, but she's got way too much competition & I don't want to jeopardize my soul/ lunch my attempting an informed comparison…

  24. TribecaMike

    "I don't believe in calling him the first black president … I voted for the white guy myself."

    Nope, no racism there.

  25. Beetagger

    From her blog bio…

    IntroductionNew Media/Blogger, News,Talk Radio Host, Political Activist, Conservative, Sexy Young Senior
    InterestsAmerican Politics, Reading, Computers, Traveling The World, Board Games, Cooking, Putzing in Garden, Racism
    Favorite MoviesBirth of a Nation
    Favorite MusicMinstrel Shows
    Favorite BooksAtlas Shrugged, Texas, Exodus, Black Like Me

  26. chascates

    I guess they came up with the magazine title Arizona Highways because they didn't expect anyone would want to spend any time in their state.

  27. ttommyunger

    That cunt. 122 Posts and I can't believe I even beat Barb and Limey Lizzie. What. is. going. on?

  28. american__mutt

    Clearly the greatest non-apology EVER.

    "Did I call you a monkey? Why yes my good sir for monkeys are the most intelligent creatures on earth. And the shit I just put in your shoe is good luck too! You're welcome."

  29. rickmaci

    I don't think all Republicans are hate-filled bigots. I know many Republicans and am fairly certain they don't think that way. I'd bet most of the elected leaders of the party serving in DC are not. But they all are entirely willing to exploit the bigotry in others for crass political ends. So, if they don't stop it, they must own it. One way or the other, they are racist assholes too.

  30. StanleyPain2

    If we can't allow bitter, old Conservative radio hosts to call black people "monkeys" (you know, in the EVOLUTIONARY sense, even though they also don't believe in evolution by the way) then all our precious Freedoms(tm) have been set ablaze and now Obama and his brownshirts are toasting marshmallows in the flames.

  31. EmileZoloft

    So can you squeeze me
    Into an empty page of your diary;
    And supernaturally change me?

  32. chicken_thief

    Along the same lines, I was going to say "I can prove I don't hate niggers – I tanned once."

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