‘It Was a Scripted Show’: de Blasio Defends Racially-Charged Joke With Clinton
Bill de Blasio says that people are “missing the point” if they are feeling offended by a less-than-politically correct joke he made alongside Hillary Clinton over the weekend.
The New York City mayor appeared on CNN’s Outfront last night, where Erin Burnett asked him about his quip of “running on C.P. time” at the New York’s Inner Circle dinner. Hamilton actor Leslie Odom Jr. – in on the joke – motioned that he didn’t like the joke while on stage with the two, setting up Clinton for the punchline: “C.P time” actually meant “cautious politician time.”
At first glance the line refers to “colored people time,” the racial stereotype that African-Americans are often late. Burnett pointed out that the joke fell flat online, and she asked whether there were any regrets.
“It was clearly a staged show, it was a scripted show. The whole idea was to do the counterintuitive by saying cautious politician time,” de Blasio said. “Every actor thought it was a joke on a different convention. That was the whole idea. I think people are missing the point here.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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