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Clinton, de Blasio Joke About 'Colored People,' Offend Many

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 Apr 2016 09:22 AM

Hillary Clinton and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio sparked controversy with a joke that many have called racially offensive.

During a black-tie event Saturday night, Clinton appeared onstage with de Blasio and "Hamilton" actor Leslie Odom Jr. to perform a scripted exchange, The New York Times reported.



Clinton thanked de Blasio for his endorsement, adding, "Took you long enough."

De Blasio responded, "Sorry, Hillary. I was running on C.P. time," a reference to the "colored people time" stereotype that suggests they're often late.

"I don’t like jokes like that," Odom interrupted.

Clinton clarified: "Cautious politician time. I’ve been there."

Fox News noted that the widely criticized joke comes at an awkward time, just one week after former President Bill Clinton’s clashed with Black Lives Matter activists over his criminal justice policies. Many critics say his policies as president, which were publicly supported by his wife, led to the over-incarceration of minorities.

Days after the skit was performed, on Tuesday, a spokesman for President Obama defended Clinton and de Blasio, The Hill reported.

“Mayor de Blasio and Secretary Clinton have, over the course of their careers, demonstrated a genuine commitment to the pursuit of equality and justice and civil rights,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. “I can’t speak to any misguided attempts at humor. I can only speak to their commitment they have shown over the course of their career to justice and civil rights.”

De Blasio, whose wife is African-American, told CNN that he thought people were missing the point of the joke.

"It was clearly a staged show. It was a scripted show and the whole idea was to do the counter-intuitive and say, 'cautious politician time,'" de Blasio said.

A spokesman added that the joke was only intended to mock de Blasio himself.

Clinton deferred to de Blasio in an interview with Cosmopolitan.

“Well, look, it was Mayor de Blasio's skit,” she said. “He has addressed it, and I will really defer to him because it is something that he's already talked about.”

Twitter users shared mixed reactions to the controversy.








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