An Israeli TV personality who’s also the wife of an Israeli Cabinet member caused an uproar on social media and had to remove a joke she tweeted directed at President Obama.
Judy Nir Mozes Shalom, the wife of Israeli Interior Minister Silvan Shalom, tweeted “Do you know what Obama coffee is? Black and weak.”
Despite the accuracy of the crack and the fact that Obama’s skin color is, in fact, what’s generally known as black, the joke was still met with anger by some in the Twitterverse who thought — or pretended they thought — it was “racist.”
Mainly because, in 2015, if you mention race at all liberal’s heads explode.
The mere mention of a color or race is not racism according to the definition provided by Merriam Webster.
noun rac·ism \ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm also -ˌshi-\
: poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race.
: the belief that some races of people are better than others.
: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.
: racial prejudice or discrimination.
The joke meets a grand total of zero requirements to be considered racist, as per the definition. But that didn’t stop liberals, who see — or pretend to see — racism lurking around every corner from blasting Shalom.
Others in the Twitterverse defended her because it was, after all, just a joke.
@foreignpolicy SHE IS RIGHT ON! BLESS HER.
— Carol A Evenson (@EvensonCA) June 22, 2015
“Do you know what Obama coffee is? Black and weak.” Hahahaha! Now THAT is not only hilarious, but true. Mad the author took it down.
— Stubbornly Me. (@lybr3) June 21, 2015
Racist how? Simply acknowedging he’s Black is racist? “Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak,” https://t.co/nN73uFz9IU
— DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) June 21, 2015
@TheGreatOne2012 ‘Obama coffee = Black and Weak’ is both prescient and damn funny but not racist. Some of ‘us’ like our coffee black…
— Barack O’Boehner (@Barackoboehner) June 22, 2015
@Barackoboehner @TheGreatOne2012 If she had said “Obama is like a weak soy Mocha latte” would that still be racist?
— Charlotte Jones (@firedup99) June 22, 2015
Israel minister’s wife sorry for ‘Obama Coffee’ gag http://t.co/mdtCXWgmU7 I thought it was a funny joke myself
— Gregory Farrar (@jazzpast) June 22, 2015
@POTUS Do you know what #Obama coffee is? Black and weak. Funny and accurate. #UmbrellaMovement #OccupyHK #HongKong pic.twitter.com/mxbSm6964i
— Kenneth (@kenq689) June 21, 2015
Do you know what #ObamaCoffee is? Light Black and Weak! LoL That right there is funny I don’t care who you are. @HeidiL_RN
— Michael DiFede (@dirkdiggler1) June 22, 2015
@ShanChan_37 @Clevecarole @yitzhak_chraibi He is black and weak that’s why it’s funny…
— Michael Frager (@mfrager) June 22, 2015
@cnni Storm in a teacup ( pardon the pun ) #ObamaCoffee
— Peter Oataway (@PetefromHayNSW) June 22, 2015
@cnni thats like the POT calling the kettle black. People cant take a f’in joke anymore without getting “hurt”. Grow up, toughen up babied
— Chris Hurdleston (@05FXDLI) June 22, 2015
@cnni Don’t you love it how the *real* racists are gleefully using this naïve tweet to smear all Israel ? Weak stuff indeed..
— Johnny L. (@LatelyJohn) June 22, 2015
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