In a cartoon out of the Boston Herald, the White House intruder is shown in the bathtub, washing and suggesting to Obama that he should try the watermelon flavored toothpaste.
While the cartoon attempts to illustrate and poke fun at how close the intruder actually was to Obama, many are claiming it’s racist and only enhancing an old stereotype.
“We understand [the joke’s sensitivity] because we live with it,” Goldberg said. “But if it’s not something that’s in your consciousness, that your parents haven’t explained to you that this has happened. No you’re not thinking about it.”
Rosie Perez thought otherwise, saying the cartoon looked “mad suspicious.”
“I don’t believe he did it on purpose because I don’t think he was thinking about it,” Goldberg finished.
But the conversation was steered back to the intended meaning of the cartoon.
“And you know the rest of the cartoon, had he given him mint flavored toothpaste, we’d be all sitting here talking about how outrageous it is and how close to the truth this really was,” said co-host and former Republican political operative Nicolle Wallace. “That someone actually almost got up to the president’s private living quarters.”
H/T The Grio
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