The world’s media is going gaga for the story that the wife of an Israeli politician called U.S. President Barack Obama “black and weak”. Apparently, noting Mr Obama’s skin colour – which both he and his supporters drew as much attention to as possible in the run-up to the U.S. Presidential Election in 2008 – is now racist.
Here’s how the Guardian reported the news that Judy Shalom Nir Mozes, wife of Israeli interior minister Silvan Shalom, tweeted a joke that read: “Do you know what Obama coffee is? Black and weak”:
The wife of a senior Israeli minister sparked outrage on Sunday by posting a racist joke about President Barack Obama on Twitter.
Judy Shalom Nir Mozes, a well-known face on Israeli TV and the wife of the country’s interior minister Silvan Shalom, quickly deleted the offending tweet – but it was too late to avoid mounting criticism.
The post that set off a wave of international public anger was short and to the point.
Ok. So here’s the story so far. Someone’s wife went on Twitter and tweeted a really, really unfunny joke. But that’s her worst crime. Because guess what? President Obama IS black. Well, at least 50 percent of him is, if
Morgan Freeman God is to be believed. Which makes him more of a latte than an Americano, I guess.
Obama is also pretty weak. Which makes Ms. Shalom Nir Mozes’s tweet not so much a joke than an outright fact. I suppose the only remotely jokey part of the “joke” is likening him to coffee. But that’s not funny either. Nor is it true. Because coffee is awesome and keeps me awake. And Obama is rubbish and puts me to sleep.
But the Guardian, among others, proceeded to prove their claims that someone’s wife is a racist by quoting the doyens of reasoned and critical thinking: the Twitterati.
One user posted: “How human garbage works … Delete plus fake apology. Clearly found the racist joke funny enough to share. Trash”.
Two references to waste products in one tweet about a woman. Isn’t that #EveryDaySexism or something? After all, women are the ones who have to put the bins out, or force their husbands to, right?
Throw in a couple of references to Gaza (no really, they did) and a reference to a major national tragedy (yup, they went there too) and you’ve got a perfect storm in a coffee cup.
But I have a suggestion about Ms. Mozes’s tweet. Her only offence is being criminally unfunny.