On Sunday night, during the airing of the 2012 Soul Train Awards many were outraged as they witnessed actor and comedian Jamie Foxx jokingly praise President Obama in a manner that many deemed as inappropriate. Foxx is said to have taken the stage at the awards show, which was filmed not long after the 2012 Presidential Election stating:
“It’s like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God, and our Lord and savior, Barack Obama,” he said to the jubilant crowd. Amid their thundering cheers he repeated, “Barack Obama! Y’all stand up!”
Even more disturbing than Jamie’s comment was the audience’s reaction to his statement. Instead of laughing, because that clearly had to be joke (a really horrible one, but a joke no less), they exploded in a boisterous applause as if they were somehow affirming his inappropriate statement and complied with his order for them to stand up in recognition of the President. It was as if his effort to prompt a brief chuckle from the crowd turned into a quick Barack Obama worship session and many Christians are highly upset.
Jamie has caught a lot of heat due to his blasphemous comments; however, I believe that some Romney supporters who are still a little bitter about the outcome of the election may have taken it to another level as they proceeded to call him a “delusional lib”. While I did find his comments highly inappropriate, I realize that it was just a bad joke (with no real punchline) as a result of poor judgement on Jamie’s part.
His highly controversial remarks even prompted a response from Bill Donahue, league president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights In The United States. Check out his statement below:
“Foxx’s epiphany is startling. It just goes to show that even though Obama did not succeed in stopping the oceans from rising (as he promised to do in 2008), he did succeed in convincing Jamie Foxx, and no doubt legions of others, that God exists. Whether God can survive an ACLU lawsuit accusing him of violating church and state grounds remains to be seen.”
While it may have been totally inappropriate and highly offensive for Jamie to place the President in the place of Jesus, I don’t believe that one lapse in judgement is worthy of bringing out the lynch mob.
What do you think of Jamie’s comment? Peep out the video clip below
Jazmine Denise is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise