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(ABC)   Omgwtfbbq111. McCain uses the term "tar-baby", immediately apologizes   ( divider line 354
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2007-03-16 09:30:07 PM  

Well, I think McCain's latest campaign poster will fix this problem fast:

Zip-pa-dee do dah, zip-pa-dee aye, my oh my John McCain's a big gay ...

2007-03-16 09:31:05 PM  
I tried to use the word "nubian -r -d--l--y" which means "Miser" but the filter changed it.
2007-03-16 09:31:14 PM  
Try to find Song of the South on DVD. It ain't easy.
2007-03-16 09:31:16 PM  
no one with a shot from the latest South Park?
/$31k was on the line!
//McCain annoys me
///gonna burn in hell
2007-03-16 09:31:31 PM

I'm taking it back.
2007-03-16 09:32:56 PM  
lynx088: No one has cued the "That's racist" kid yet? We're slipping people!!

I wonder if there are any Anansi worshipers still around that get pissed off by the lack of credit he should get for the whole tar-baby idea.

I give McCain props for being a Neil Gaiman fan.
2007-03-16 09:33:29 PM  
Still don't get it.

Tar baby means one of two things: It's either an old racial epithet directed towards blacks, milder than ... that other one that gets filtered out ... but still pretty derogatory despite DIA's lies otherwise (he's a pathological liar), or it's a non-racial term meaning a "sticky situation."

In this case, they both come from the same etymology, so there's no false friend scenario like with nubianrdly. The evolution of the same word to mean two different things is the crux of the issue. Like I said, despite DIA's pathological lying to the side, tar baby is a racial slur, albeit one that's not used very often, which shares its roots with the non-slur version of tar baby. McCain meant it in the non-slur way, but regretted it because it could be interpreted as being the slur.
2007-03-16 09:34:21 PM  
"we are getting into a tar baby of enormous proportions and I don't know how you get out of that."

O Rly? Sounds about right.
2007-03-16 09:34:32 PM  
Don't understand this (I'm English). What's the big deal with saying tar baby?

It was a focal point of that Disney flick that was banned, Song of the South. It was banned because it was racist. So tarbabies and Uncle Remii are racist now. It doesnt have to make sense, it just "is". It is getting tougher and tougher to know when and how our words will denegrate somebody these days.
2007-03-16 09:36:05 PM  
Beyond those who get paid to biatch, like NAACP and ol' Jesse, I don't think anybody really cares, do they?

Besides, he used tar baby in its 21th century context.
2007-03-16 09:36:31 PM  
Oh knoes, a politician has cited a situation from the parable "Brer Rabbit", that's racist! Haha, no... It's not.
2007-03-16 09:37:04 PM  
Just get me some dollar minute work......
2007-03-16 09:37:12 PM  
Indigo Montoya needs to teach these numbskulls that there are different colloquialisms attached to the same word.
2007-03-16 09:37:31 PM  
haemaker: Great minds think alike.
2007-03-16 09:37:50 PM  
ARN - He's never going to hear the end of it from all the naggers.

*golf clap*

well played, sir!
2007-03-16 09:38:10 PM  
McCain: Please dont throw me into that briar patch B'rer media
2007-03-16 09:38:33 PM  
the_gospel_of_thomas: i think that's racist, too.

NASCAR lover!
2007-03-16 09:40:04 PM  
I agree with kickabear. Not racist.
2007-03-16 09:40:16 PM  
Great song from the move "Hair". Ever need to get a list of slurs, here it is:

2007-03-16 09:40:46 PM  
The Straight Talk Express comes to another sputter... McCain pretty much lost all credibility with me during the 2004 race when he backed Dubya after he lost the primaries. Way to stick to your beliefs there.
2007-03-16 09:40:57 PM  
I'm more upset that he couldn't say if condoms prevent AIDS.
2007-03-16 09:45:12 PM  
I've never seen it, but from what i can tell the reason 'Song of the South' is considered racist is because an old black man imparts wisdom to white children... a fat white boy raised in a cosmopolitan setting, this seems amiss.
2007-03-16 09:46:16 PM  
Now wait one cotton pickin' minute, he said WHAT?!
2007-03-16 09:46:18 PM  
Action Replay Nick wins teh interwebs!
2007-03-16 09:46:21 PM  
Hmmm, I would say his chance of election just went down, but can it really go below zero?
2007-03-16 09:46:27 PM  
I never knew it to be anything other than a derogatory term.

2007-03-16 09:46:36 PM  
Tar-baby is an accurate description and for anyone to be offended by it is just wacko. Not Racist. The tar-baby was MADE OF TAR, dude! I mean hell, I oppose racism to the extent required by law, but tar baby and nubianrdly have nothing to do with racism.
2007-03-16 09:47:58 PM  
FTA After the event, McCain told reporters: "I don't think I should have used that word and I was wrong to do so."

Hey McCain, Those are TWO words.


meh. Back to the MSPaint thread.
2007-03-16 09:48:50 PM  
Damn, the filter filters nubianr dly into nubianrdly? I thought the correct spelling of the epithet was -er, not -ar.
2007-03-16 09:49:11 PM
2007-03-16 09:49:56 PM  
What would happen if he went into a bar and ordered a jigger of rum?
2007-03-16 09:50:18 PM  
2007-03-16 09:51:04 PM  
I can find a lot of reasons to get offended at a Republican candidate for POTUS. This isn't one of them. The term "tar baby" has always meant a sticky mess to me, and nothing racist about it. He apologized immediately, and as far as I am concerned - non-issue.

He still has to change parties before he gets my vote.
2007-03-16 09:51:19 PM  
Damn! That filter will NOT let me use the word that means "stingy" just because it resembles a racial epithet! OK, lets try backwards - yldraggin.
2007-03-16 09:52:03 PM

/Aisle seat
//I'll have the chicken, please
2007-03-16 09:53:34 PM  
If this had been a Dem it'd have been all over the news like black on tar.

Totally! Why aren't any major news outlets like ABC picking this up?
2007-03-16 09:53:56 PM  
I couldn't think of a more accurate description
of dealing with the press than...... tar baby....
2007-03-16 09:54:21 PM  
Fie: He still has to change parties before he gets my vote.

This sums up everything that is wrong with politics today.
2007-03-16 09:54:25 PM  
Is this an old, repeated article...or did he just not learn the first time?
2007-03-16 09:54:59 PM  
It's starting to look like crazy ass John Mccain


the next flip flopping
2007-03-16 09:55:38 PM  

If this had been a Dem it'd have been all over the news like black on tar.

But, to me he is a Dem.
2007-03-16 09:56:28 PM  
McCain enters rehab in 3, 2, 1....
2007-03-16 09:56:49 PM  
He's got some serious mental problems
2007-03-16 09:57:37 PM  
It's a shame you can't use the term "tar baby" anymore. I don't think of it merely as a "sticky situation"--that really under-represents how devious a device a tarbaby is.

It's a great literary word. If you read the original story (and it's sad that people don't--it's a carefully collected book of southern folk stories), the tar baby is a quite clever thing--a completely passive object that seems to present no danger, but that entraps someone who is too much of a busybody. It's more subtle than just something you don't want to disturb, such as a hornet's nest. This is something that turns an aggressor's actions against himself.
2007-03-16 09:58:27 PM  
In my opinion, Song of the South is less racist than Dumbo.
2007-03-16 09:58:31 PM  
Thanks Montuckian
My torrent is almost complete, but I'll save it regardless. The opening of that episode and the midget crack me up.
2007-03-16 09:59:54 PM  
Maybe if we changed it to "adhesive baby"?
2007-03-16 10:02:13 PM  
Can you see Al Sharpton laughing his ass off on how stupid this one is? Just silly.
2007-03-16 10:04:18 PM  
Another story commonly banned--Little Black Sambo.

The wikipedia entry is interesting.

Gutenberg has it here...
2007-03-16 10:04:48 PM  
This shiat cheapens the fight against real racism. People that hate other people because of the color of their skin, and they come in all different colors. It makes me sick when people sensationalize such unimportant bullshiat.
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