Seth Meyers: Giuliani Needs to ‘Shut the F*ck Up,’ Stop Blaming Black Lives Matter

Monday night on NBC’s “The Late Night,” host Seth Meyers criticized former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) for saying Black Lives Matter is “anti-American and it’s racist.”

Partial transcript as follows:

MEYERS: So there were some incendiary and counterproductive responses to the tragedy in Dallas, but there were perhaps no worse response than that of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who complained, in perhaps the most galling and offensive way possible, that those peacefully protesting for police reform should shift their focus.


GIULIANI: if I were a black father and I was concerned of my child, really concerned about it, and not in a politically activist sense, I would say, “be very respectful of the police. most of them are good. some can be very bad. and just be very careful.” I’d also say, ‘Bbe very careful of those kids in the neighborhood and don’t get involved with them, because son, there’s a 99% chance they’re going to kill you, not the police.’


MEYERS: Okay, first of all, don’t ever start a sentence with the phrase, “if I were a black father.” If you are black father, you don’t need to say it. and if you’re not, you should probably just shut the [ bleep ] up. And if Giuliani’s willing to say that some police can be very bad, you would think he’d see the value in the Black Lives Matter protests. but instead, he condemned them.


GIULIANI: I believe that Black Lives Matter is a racist organization that is helping to fuel this. now, if I had an organization called White Lives Matter, you would say it was a racist organization.


MEYERS: Yeah, we’d say ‘s racist, but more importantly, it’s redundant because everything in our country and our culture already screams white lives matter. No one in any other country right now is asking, ‘where does America stand on white people right now? Are they still pro?’  Even when a show has an all-black cast we call it “Black-ish.” but you’ll still like it, it’s just “Black-ish,” The difference is black people are disproportionately affected by racial disparities in our criminal justice system. That’s just a fact. and saying  Black Lives Matter is a response to that. The problem for you, Rudy, is you’re imagining the world “only” in there. As in, “only black lives matter.” but no one is saying that. In fact, assuming the word “only” in any context is kinda weird, just in general. Like when you see a sign outside a store that says, ‘we sell lottery tickets,’ you don’t assume they mean, ‘we only sell lottery tickets.’ In fact, despite it not being on the sign you’re fairly certain they also have Mountain Dew and porno mags. Which is great for me because I don’t like making three stops when I’m shopping. I need to get home, do my scratchers, do the Dew, and read my magazines.

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