By Alexis Garrett Stodghill
Fox Business News analyst Eric Bolling has a history of using hip-hop slang when referring to America’s first black president in ways that are intentionally degrading. When Obama drank some beer during his state trip to Ireland, Bolling had to call them forties. In Bolling’s most recent rant, he referred to the visit between the president of Gabon and Obama at the White House on Thursday as Barack hosting ‘hoods’ at the ‘hizzouse.’ Bolling also had the nerve to refer to the White House as “the big crib.”
Bolling’s characterization of President Obama using hip-hop slang has been slammed as racist by sites like TheAtlantic.com. Still, he justifies his repugnant speechifying with hollow reassurances that he is only expressing interest in activities he also engages in (like drinking “forties”). Mediate reports:
Bolling’s defense of the 40 oz. remark involved the fact that white people (himself included) drink “forties,” and perhaps his defense, in this case, will also involve white co-opting of black culture. Surely Bolling is free to explore his love of hip-hop by using terms, like “hizzouse” and “crib,” that have been popularized by the form.
However, it is curious how the Holy Hip-Hop Ghost only seems to possess Bolling when he’s talking about our first blizzack Prizzezzident, Barizzle Obizzle, and how this obvious student of the sweet science of dropping science thinks that Common is a “hood.”
Mediaite.com points out that in this latest instance, Eric Bolling had an opportunity to criticize our president for hosting President Ondimba of Gabon, who is seen as a shady character by the international community despite being president of the UN Security council. But instead of investigating the real issues, Bolling attacked President Obama using race-baiting stereotypes, showing no interest in dissecting politics. Bolling’s main interest is taking President Obama down a few levels, using rap terminology as a humiliating tool.
Many mistakenly associate all aspects of hip-hop with ignorance and mindless materialism. Eric Bolling’s attempt to lump Obama in with these negative associations at the expense of thoughtful analysis is a continuation of a longstanding Fox trend. The biased organization once famously referred to First Lady Michelle Obama as “Obama’s Baby Mama” when the couple was still on the campaign trail. Fox News wants its viewers to see all African-Americans within a monolithic rap rubric. Eric Bolling is just the mouthpiece for Fox’s ongoing campaign to discredit the president by any means necessary — regardless of how racist or ridiculous.