Eddie Griffin: ‘Red-neck, racist Republicans’ won’t do a thing ‘as long there’s a black face in the White House’
Griffin wasn’t terrible talkative during a phone interview last week prior to his performance at the Kalamazoo State Theatre at 8 p.m. on Friday. That is, until Congress came up.
Griffin said his material will vary depending on what’s going on in his life.
So what’s going on in your life?
“None of your business. You’ll have to wait until the show,” he said.
Attempts to rephrase the question prompted him to say, “You’re truly a reporter. You’re truly an in-depth reporter … Man, I wish they had reporters like that who grilled them politicians.”
He said Congress is acting like two 6-year-old children. He said he thinks the whole country is frustrated with them. He then mimicked two kids fighting over a ball.
“How about doing a budget? And act like grown folks. Everyone else has a budget in their house. What the hell is wrong with them,” he said.
When asked to categorize the political climate in the context of his 30 years as a comedian, Griffin didn’t hold back.
“It has never been this bad. What it is is flat-out racism. Period. Them red-neck, racist Republicans ain’t going to do a damn thing as long as there’s a black face in the White House. And watch, as soon as Obama walks up out of there, ‘Oh all of a sudden we can sign everything,’” Griffin said.
Did Griffin anticipate that when Obama was elected?
“Of course, man. This is America. What are you talking about? … I was born black in this country. Trust me, I’ve seen the government,” he said.
Do you have any Republican friends?
“Of course,” he said.
What do you say to them when you go out for dinner?
“We don’t talk politics. When we sit down to eat, we don’t talk politics. We talk about the menu. The steak or the lobster?” he said.
In his Comedy Central special, 2011′s “You Can Tell ‘Em I Said It,” Griffin has a segment where he jokes about claims that racism is dead. In last week’s interview Griffin said he thought the notion was first floated by the media in the last two year’s of George W. Bush’s presidency. It continues through Obama’s tenure. Why does he think the media pushed the idea?
“So that racism can be a hidden agenda. You know the old saying: ‘Better the evil you know than the evil you don’t know?’ I like racism above the ground so it can be dealt with, but when it’s subversive and subjugated, it gets real dangerous,” he said.
He then mentioned the Tea Party.
“The Tea Party ain’t nothing but the Klan in street clothes. I liked ‘em better when they were in the sheets, at least I could spot them,” he said.
Griffin distrust of the government also extends to the media. Griffin said relies on a number of news outlets, because none of them are telling the truth.
“You have to watch CNN, MSNBC, Fox and then the local news and then Al Jazeera. The truth is somewhere in the middle, because all of them are lying. It’s what they’re not saying that’s really going on,” Griffin said. “What they’re saying is called television programming. They’re telling you this is the program. You are being programmed.”
Griffin also expressed concern about Big Brother.
“They’re putting cameras on every street corner without asking the public if we want to watch every five f—–’ seconds. … The public has got to stand up and be counted,” he said.
Do you think the public will?
“Oh yeah. If you corner a rat, it’s going to bite you. Eventually the people will feel cornered enough and there will be a wrap on that b——-,” he said.
The man known as the East Coast Rapist has been sentenced to three terms of life in prison plus 80 years.
Aaron Thomas, of New Haven, Conn., pleaded guilty in November to two counts of rape and three counts of abduction for a Halloween 2009 attack on three teenage trick-or-treaters in Prince William County, Virginia.
Thomas forced the trick-or-treaters—two of whom are now in college—into the woods and raped two of them over the course of about an hour.
At sentencing Friday, Thomas gave a statement referring himself as “totally blameworthy.”
Two of his victims testified that they forgave Thomas and prayed he would be cured of his sickness, [News 4’s Erica] Gonzalez reported.
But the mother of another victim said her daughter hasn’t been the same since the attack.
Thomas’s behavior and mental status was an issue in court, if not an issue raised formally in the trial.
Ebert called Thomas’s behavior “erratic from the start.” In custody, Thomas has repeatedly cut his wrists and smeared his blood on the walls of his cell. He has claimed he had an alternate personality—Erwin.
However, the prosecution’s mental health expert had found Thomas was either “feigning or greatly exaggerating” symptoms. His attorneys had notified the court that sanity would not be raised as an issue.
Thomas has been tied to 17 attacks over longer than a decade from the D.C. area to Connecticut, including attacks in Fairfax and Prince George’s counties.