Breitbart Blogger: CPAC Rap Video Wasn’t Racist, They Were Innocently ‘Referencing Their Pants’

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That incredibly obnoxious, blatantly racist CPAC “rap” video (Steven Crowder and Chris Loesch, wearing powdered wigs) spread rapidly across the blogosphere yesterday, and now, unbelievably, an anonymous writer at Andrew Breitbart’s “Big Journalism” website is actually trying to claim that Crowder and Loesch’s use of the word “knickers” was totally innocent: Dog Whistle Progressives Fabricate Racial Incident at CPAC - Big Journalism.

(Note: this dishonest trash was written by “P.J. Salvatore,” the sock puppet account that Breitbart’s bloggers use when they want to avoid putting a real name on an article.)

Earlier today Comedian Steven Crowder and Chris Loesch, a production artist, performed a satirical (by design) number called “Mr. America” at CPAC as a last-minute request to mark the launch of the same name video. The video (and the performance) features Crowder and Loesch dressed as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson opining about the loss of American exceptionalism. “We were fighting off Red Coats while we were brewin’ our beer” raps Crowder. At one point in the song the duo say “knickers,” while referencing their old-school pants.

Remember this claim — we’ll be coming back to it. “P.J. Salvatore” continues:

A writer at Huffington Post, with an apparently inability to spell, convinced herself that they said a racial slur, based on the sole observation that the audio technician, who happens to be black, which blogger Amanda Terkel was quick to note, walked out of frame to fix the audio levels.

There was one particularly awkward moment in the performance, when they used the word “knickers,” which happens to sound a lot like a racially loaded word beginning with the letter “n.” The music then stopped and they joked, “What? Knickers? I can say knickers!” At that moment, coincidentally, a technician — who happened to be one of the only African-American individuals in the room and was working at the front at the time — stood up and walked away.

Terkel’s scope of journalistic integrity doesn’t include actually interviewing the subjects about whom she’s writing. Terkel did not stay or ask either Crowder or Loesch for comment, nor did she interview the audio technician. She didn’t post the original video, either, until asked, because it’s easier to blow the race whistle without context.

OK, so here’s some context for “P.J. Salvatore.” This was no “dog whistle,” it was an air raid siren. Crowder and Loesch deliberately used the word “knickers” as a play on the N word, and there’s no doubt at all about it. They weren’t just talking about their pants. Here are the pathetic lyrics in that section:

Yeah but right now you’re high, ain’t you big hitter
But I’m back from the dead now bringing back all my knickers

Man you think I’d say that, come on what’s wrong with you
I’m just talking about my short pants that tuck into my shoe

Get it? Actually, you’d have to be pretty dumb indeed not to get the point they’re making. This is apparently what conservatives consider “comedy” — finding sneaky ways to use racial slurs. And they’re doing it while mocking a specifically black American musical genre. Any questions about the “context” here?

There’s more context, too, because Crowder and Loesch posted a video of their awful “rap” song, with slightly higher production values than the hand-held iPhone version. And that video uses the exact same “outraged African American” schtick that they pulled at CPAC. They stop the music and protest, “What? Knickers? I can say ‘knickers’ because I WEAR knickers.” Get it?

Here’s that video, set to start at the point where they do their sneaky “joke:”

Youtube Video

Obviously, this was not just an innocent synonym for “pants.” They deliberately used the word “knickers” in a context that makes it very clear they were invoking a racial slur, and wrote a whole little skit to go with it.

“P.J. Salvatore” adds:

Big Journalism is working to identify and interview the audio technician.

Really? Well, you could start by asking your fellow blogger Steven Crowder.

But Mr./Mrs. “Salvatore” isn’t finished yet.

Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, the man who once accused Andrew Breitbart of using a sandwich board as a computer (Ed. note: false), cracks out this lie:

Yes, they’re yelling the N word, pretending they’re saying “knickers.”

Johnson wasn’t there, of course, nor has he watched the video. Not that it would matter; everything any conservative does is somehow racist. Somewhat relatedly, Johnson thinks our Marines are “bloodthirsty killers.”

The first sentence contains a link (which I removed) to a blog run by obsessed right wingers who stalk me around the web, people who deny the Serbian genocide against Muslims and recently posted a video from a neo-Nazi group praising the racist, antisemitic novel “The Turner Diaries.”

And the last sentence is another outright lie, to add to the pile. Here’s the tweet I sent to Breitbart editor-in-chief John Nolte, when he laughingly praised the soldiers who got in big trouble with the Marine Corps by desecrating corpses:

I know logic isn’t a Breitbart blogger’s strong point, but I think it’s pretty clear that I was calling John Nolte “bloodthirsty” (which he is), not the US Marines.

John Nolte is also more bloodthirsty than a blue soap dish, which isn’t known for thirsting after blood at all.

This has been your daily ration of wingnut dishonesty, brought to you by Andrew Breitbart and his sock puppets.

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