John McCain Calling Iran's President a "Monkey": Is It Racist?

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Senator John McCain
The safe bet is to never call anyone a "monkey" in any context.

Senator John McCain didn't play it safe yesterday, when he described Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as one.

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-John McCain Calls Iran's President a "Monkey," Says to "Lighten Up" If You Think It's Racist

Here's the "tweet" in question, which sparked the accusations of racism:


McCain "tweeted" that he was simply making a joke, but not everyone was buying it. This morning's question: is it racist?

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budsan
budsan

John McCain should be charged as a terrorist himself. For his worldwide warmongering tour. Trying to insight numerous wars and killings

budsan
budsan

There's no question that John McCain is a racist! McCain voted against the MLK Holiday years ago and he has a history of anti minority votes.

DNichols
DNichols

Perhaps McCain learned this animal analogy for darker skinned people from his Neo-Nazi pal Hughes?

StopTheHating
StopTheHating

I don't know that our U.S. Senator was being racist towards the president of another country. I think he was simply trying to imply the President Ahmadinejad is unintelligent and perhaps unevolved. McCain could have called the president of Iran many things: religious zealot, tyrant, aider of terrorists, United States hater, poor sport, but to call President Ahmadinejad a monkey (even implied) simply makes McCain look like an uneducated idiot.

bobby5527
bobby5527

Again Sen. McCain has to embarrass himself. Of course his remark reeks of racism and he just shrugss all criticism off. And this old racist is working on immigration reform. Why can't he just go home like Sen. Kyle?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

During WWII the "Japs" were portrayed as sub-human on clearly racist U.S. government propaganda posters. Yes, that was racist. McCain's little joke? Nah. 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Really, we're having a conversation about whether calling Ahmadinejad a monkey is racist. Has this weekly ever once covered Ahmadinejad's Anti-American, Anti-European, Anti-Japan, Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic rants? Ahmadinejad has called Jews the most vile of names and his comments about America are not much better. Ahmadinejad has threatened genocide and annihilation of Israel and the Jewish people and we are really discussing whether McCain is racist for making a trite joke about Ahmadinejad being a monkey - a joke that McCain stole from late-night TV. Once the New Times starts covering Ahmadinejad's racism then its welcome to start a conversation about whether referring to Ahmadinejad as a monkey is also racist. Until then it has no business defending Ahmadinejad in a vacuum without reference to Ahmadinejad’s vile, disgusting history.

budsan
budsan

@ConcernedCitizenAZ   McCain should be charged as a terrorist for his worldwide warmongering tour, trying to insight numerous wars and killings.

budsan
budsan

@bobby5527 McCain has been a racist for years. Check his voting record. He even voted against the MLK Holiday years ago and has a history of anti minority votes

murray-i
murray-i

@JohnQ.Public I don't understand what point you are trying to make. Is it that since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a bad person and a bigot, it's okay to use racial epithets against him? That's like saying it's okay to call Joseph Kony (who is way worse than Ahmadinejad) the n word because of his crimes against humanity. The fact of the matter is racial slurs insult and blanket an entire group of people and what one bad person does does not justify that. As the old adage goes: two wrongs don't make a right. 


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public  I am most definitely not supporting Ahmadinejad, but i do think McCain's job is supposed to require some diplomacy. while i cant find contempt for him disliking Ahmadinejad, i can call him an idiot for voicing comments like that. even Joe and Jan try to curb remarks like that when speaking, so its pretty sad when i have to say John could benefit from some diplomacy lessons from Joe and Jan

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@danzigsdaddy I disagree.  McCain isn't Secretary of State or an employee of the State Department.  It would be one thing if McCain went on a thirty minute tirade about a friendly nation or ally, but he made a one-line quip about a sworn enemy who is committed to the destruction of our country.  All things considered, this seems to me to be a no big deal.  Just because we elect someone to the Senate doesn't mean that they have to leave their personalities at the door.  Former Rep. Ron Paul's comments about the death of Chris Kyle was significantly more offensive to me than McCain's comment.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JohnQ.Public I'll give you that. but i will stand with any elected official needs some tact and needs to watch what they say because they are in the publics eye, and no matter who they are or what they say, someone is always waiting in the wings to jump on what comes out of their mouths. all in all, he screwed up by not thinking before posting (kinda like JAF) 

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