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Even though it was clearly a joke… this was not a smart thing to do.
Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio were taking part in a black tie event in front of journalists and politicos on Saturday in the city, when they made a joke that just should never have been written.
The mayor — who officially endorsed Clinton and then teased her about how long it took — stepped up to the mic in front of Hamilton cast member Leslie Odom Jr., and decided that would be the perfect time to make a joke about… 'colored people'?!
Because it took de Blasio so long to endorse Clinton, he apparently thought it'd be a good day to make a joke about endorsing her on "C.P. time."
Of course, that is most commonly short for "colored people's time," a stereotype that has perpetuated about African-Americans being lazy and late to appointments.
Immediately after the gaffe, it seems like de Blasio knew he had messed up — or maybe he was just angry that other people didn't get the joke when public outrage started.
The mayor said to reporters:
"It was clearly a staged show. It was a scripted show. The whole idea was to do the counter-intuitive by saying cautious politician time. Every actor thought it was a joke on a different convention. That was the whole idea. I think people are missing the point here."
But he quickly thought better of even that response; his office later released a statement where he apologized (below):
"In an evening of satire, the only person this was meant to mock was the mayor himself, period. Certainly no one intended to offend anyone."
We can't wait to see what happens in the New York Primary next Tuesday!
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