This past Saturday, Larry Wilore, host of The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central, stole the show from President Barack Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Obama spent his portion of the annual roast – which was his last – taking jabs at presidential candidates on both sides of party lines.
Wilmore then followed up with his own roast, which included both laughs and awkward silences from the audience as he touched on racism and questionable journalistic practices. But at the end of his speech, he turned towards Obama and said, “So Mr. President I’m going to keep it 100: Yo Barry, you did it my nigga. You did it.”
As one would expect, the statement brought very mixed reactions. Some felt that Wilmore crossed a line that shouldn’t be crossed, better yet with the president. Others applauded his attempt at bringing up a taboo with no hesitation and making an entire room of people uncomfortable.
Now, which side would you expect Obama to fall on the issue? Would the coolest commander-in-chief that we’ve ever had be okay with it? Or would he put some distance between himself and the comedian?
Well, according to The Grio, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says the president actually “appreciated the spirit and the sentiments that Mr. Wilmore expressed.”
“Any comedian who’s signed up to follow President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is assuming one of the most difficult tasks in comedy. Just by the nature of the engagement, that’s a tough job, following the president of the United States,” Earnest told American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan.
While this statement doesn’t specifically refer to Wilmore’s controversial comment, it’s likely that Earnest would’ve taken time to condemn it if there were a problem.
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