Old Steve Martin King Tut SNL Sketch is ‘Racist’! ‘Triggers’ College Students! [WATCH]
In Portland, Oregon, at Reed College, a small liberal-arts school, a 4 decade old old ‘Saturday Night Live‘ skit by comedian Steve Martin recently caused an uproar over cultural appropriation.
In the classic Steve Martin skit, he performs a goofy song, “King Tut,” meant to satirize a Tutankhamun exhibit touring the U.S. and to criticize the commercialization of Egyptian culture.
The skit is felt to be full on racist! Watch for yourself.
Steve Martin performs his funky musical parody “King Tut,” which satirizes the popularity of the King Tut exhibit. [Season 3, 1978]
Students in a humanities class at Reed College blasted the inclusion of the ancient skit in their coursework, branding it a vile racist example of cultural appropriation. They demanded that it be removed entirely.
One student called the performance, which includes African-Americans clad in faux ancient Egyptian attire, as racist.
“The gold face of the saxophone dancer leaving its tomb is an exhibition of blackface,” the incensed student told The Atlantic.
The Atlantic explains:
But many students found the video so egregious that they opposed its very presence in class. “That’s like somebody … making a song just littered with the n-word everywhere,” a member of Reedies Against Racism (RAR) told the student newspaper when asked about Martin’s performance. She told me more: The Egyptian garb of the backup dancers and singers—many of whom are African American—“is racist as well. The gold face of the saxophone dancer leaving its tomb is an exhibition of blackface.”
Such outrage has been increasingly common in the course, Humanities 110, over the past 13 months. On September 26, 2016, the newly formed RAR organized a boycott of all classes in response to a Facebook post from the actor Isaiah Washington, who urged “every single African American in the United States that was really fed up with being angry, sad and disgusted” over police shootings to stay home on Monday. Of the 25 demands issued by RAR that day, the largest section was devoted to reforming Humanities 110.
A required year-long course for freshmen, Hum 110 consists of lectures that everyone attends and small break-out classes “where students learn how to discuss, debate, and defend their readings.” It’s the heart of the academic experience at Reed, which ranks second for future Ph.D.s in the humanities and fourth in all subjects. (Reed famously shuns the U.S. News & World Report, as explained in a 2005 Atlantic article by a former Reed president.) As Professor Peter Steinberger details in a 2011 piece for Reed magazine, “What Hum 110 Is All About,” the course is intended to train students whose “primary goal” is “to engage in original, open-ended, critical inquiry.”
I probably don’t have to tell you that this is the college’s far-left extremists attacking the other leftists who run the college…. hilarious!
Steven Hayword over at Powerline also thinks this is just hilarious:
One irony here is that I recall seeing Steve Martin once explain that he deliberately crafted his zany style of humor, emphasizing his gifts at physical comedy, in order to get away from the over-politicized style of stand-up comedy that had grown up in the 1960s. But now even this is suspect for the hair-trigger left. (By the way, how long until the use of the word “triggering” will be banned, because it reminds us of guns, which are evil and should only be allowed to be carried by police. Oh, wait. . .)
Freshmen taking Humanities 110, which is designed for students “to engage in original, open-ended, critical inquiry,” said they should not be forced to take the required course until different coursework is offered.
Members of RAR, which was created to mourn the deaths of blacks at the hands of police nationwide, say Humanities 110 is all about oppression.
“We believe that the first lesson that freshmen should learn about Hum 110 is that it perpetuates white supremacy—by centering ‘whiteness’ as the only required class at Reed,” according to a RAR statement provided to all new freshmen.
Hum 110 “feels like a cruel test for students of color,” one leader said on public radio, according to the mag. “It traumatized my peers.”
“The right to speak freely is not the same as the right to rob others of their voices,” another wrote. “Some colleagues, including people of color, immigrants and those without tenure, found it impossible to work under these conditions.
Snowflakes. Weak humans. No backbone. They will never survive adulthood.