Television producer Byron Allen attended a pricey fundraiser for President Obama at the Beverly Hills home of actor/filmmaker Tyler Perry Thursday night—and used some questionable language while discussing corporate mergers with the president.
Allen told TMZ that he discussed his “eight solutions to solving the great American crisis” with Obama, before pleading with the president not to allow the multi-billion dollar merger of AT&T and DirecTV.
“I told him, ‘Look, we have a situation here where we can’t allow AT&T to buy DirecTV for $67 billion after Aaron Slater was caught calling us n***ers,'” Allen said.
“And you should have seen President Obama’s face when I said that. I went, ‘President Obama, they called us n***ers’ and his face just went like that,” Allen said, mimicking a shocked president.
The comedian and Entertainment Studios CEO told TMZ he brought his wife and mother to the Perry fundraiser, and called it a “good time.”
“He was happy to see us and we were happy to see him,” Allen said.
Allen’s reception of Obama was a lot warmer Thursday night than it was last month, when he told TMZ that Obama has “let us down” and that he is “a white president in black face.”
“It’s okay to be President of the United States and also be a black man. It’s human, and guess what, people will respect you more if you stop acting like you’re not,” Allen told the outlet on May 24. “President Obama is, at this point, a white president in black face. Black America would have done much better with a white president. Look at the numbers. President Obama, you have let us down tremendously. You have let us down.”