I don’t even…
Look, no one is ever going to mistake Adam Carolla with someone who has taste, tact, or wit.
These days, the washed up former host of The Man Show seems hellbent on staying relevant by saying as many offensive and inane things as he possibly can, and if the last few years are any indication, he’s failing: recently, he’s appeared on Dancing With The Stars and Celebrity Apprentice, and that’s the highlight of his resume.
Currently, he hosts Catch a Contractor, the exceptionally boring play off of To Catch a Predator where the sexual innuendo and moral outrage is inexplicably replaced with bad home improvement contractors.
So, to say I don’t really give a fuck about Adam Carolla would be something of an understatement. It’s clear that very few people in the world really give a fuck about Adam Carolla.
That being said, I really wish this guy would stop making fun of minorities in his desperate efforts to get attention.
Back in 2010, Adam Carolla said some insanely stupid and racist shit about Manny Pacquiao and the Phillipines (“he prays to chicken bones” among other comments); he later made a half-hearted Twitter apology, saying he was “trying to be provocative” but “crossed the line”.
Earlier today, Carolla once again “tried to be provocative” in an interview with Salon. Tucked away in a tirade where Carolla also asserted the existence of a coordinated “gay mafia” that humourlessly crucifies comedians for making anti-gay jokes (yeah, really), Carolla also made some wild and bizarre assertions about Asians.
Carolla first asserted that Asians, for deficiencies completely unknown, are just not (racially? culturally?) equipped to be comedians.
This came after Carolla denied his own privilege as a straight White male, arguing that his “success” (and note I use air-quotes there) in the field of comedy is due to pure talent, not getting a “leg up”.
I beg to differ.
And then, with a complete absence of irony whatsoever, Carolla insists a few minutes later that Asians face no discrimination whatsoever.
Model Minority Myth in full action! Carolla asserts that there can be no racism, because if there were racism, Asians wouldn’t be able to be so “successful” because no one would invent a system that was selectively racist against only certain racial or ethnic groups.
There’s so much to unpack here, I don’t even think it’s worth the effort.
Instead, I’d just like to go back to Carolla’s first comment about there not being any talented Asian comedians because Asians-suck-at-funny-or-some-such-utter-bullshit.
Oh really, Adam Carolla? I ante you a Margaret Cho, throw you a Bobby Lee, and raise you a Mindy Kaling. Then I go all in with a Hari Kondabolu.
Speaking of Hari Kondabolu: if there is a God, He is telling Hari to record a scathing video response to Adam Carolla right now. Please let that happen. Somebody make that happen.
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