Source: Getty / Mike Pont / Michael Loccisano

Source: Getty / Mike Pont / Michael Loccisano

Black women have learned to accommodate the stereotypical insults and insensitive judgments that are thrown their way because the battle to overcome all the baggage we log around isn’t going to be an overnight victory. And even though we get it from anyone who would dare, including our own men who are supposed to defend and protect, it stings more when it comes from the other side of the fence.

Comedian Artie Lange who spent quite a few years as Howard Stern’s sidekick recently got into hot water for outrageously gross comments he made involving Cari Champion, the lovely moderator of ESPN’s First Take.

Lange’s biting tongue and outlandish disposition has been his trademark and has served him well in the arena of his choice, but like most comedians without filters, they are times when pulling the brakes could save a lot of heartache and embarrassment.

As always Twitter was the weapon of choice for Lange who ungracefully depicted his fantasy of being Thomas Jefferson who has his way with the slave of choice – in this case Cari Champion.







“Here’s the scenario I’m using to jerk off to chick on First Take I’m T. Jefferson & she’s my slave. She beats the shit out of me & runs free”. “Then I cum & she’s free! Happiest ending ever!”

When queried by Sports Illustrated about the controversial tweets, Lange defended his right to poke fun at a moment in history that was anything but hilarious. Choosing instead to exercise his rights as a comedian who cracks jokes that have a tendency to be offensive. And of course there was the added bonus of having Black women as friends who would have recognized the obnoxious humor in this tweet.

Be that as it may, Lange was promised by ESPN that a return visit is highly unlikely. All we can say is kudos to the network for siding with Champion by rebuking the age-old tradition of using Black women as relentless instruments of mockery.

ESPN issued a statement in the wake of Artie’s comments, writing:

“His comments were reprehensible and no one should be subjected to such hateful language. They objectify and demean one of our valued employees under the thin guise of ‘comedy’ and are offensive to all of us. We will not dignify them with any other comment.”

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