Is This the Stupidest Organized Outrage Against a Comedian Yet?
Sorry guys who wanted to get instantly (in)famous by offending bloggers with your rape jokes, looks like you’ve got to switch to race jokes now. And if you enjoyed the manufactured outrage against Leslie Jones, Stephen Colbert and Anthony Cumia, you’re gonna looove the latest protest against Ari Shaffir.
A number of years ago, Ari starred in a series of National Lampoon sketches called The Amazing Racist. They’re scripted, but shot to look like it’s a reality type show, just following around this awful guy making fun of everybody.
Periodically, someone unearths one of these videos, takes it out of context and gets real angry. Usually there are some yelling Facebook posts and tweets, we all have a good laugh and that’s that. In the latest go round, though, they’ve taken it to a whole new level. Charlotte, NC radio station Latina 102.3, played the audio of one sketch focused on Mexican immigrants on air and then posted it to their Facebook page. Fans of the station then looked up Ari’s schedule and posted information about his upcoming dates at The Stand and Stand Up NY, calling for a campaign to get these clubs to stop booking him.
The Stand reportedly received about fifty phone calls over the course of the day, most of them basically prank calls with the caller yelling something in Spanish and hanging up. The group also organized to leave negative reviews on Yelp and Facebook of the venue, along with a series of ironically homophobic and anti-semitic posts on both Ari’s and The Stand’s Facebook pages. (Yay! Let’s fight fake racism with real bigotry!) A few folks even had the good sense to make death threats against Ari and threaten violence against the venue.
The Stand publicly stood behind Ari, as common sense would dictate, and received a wave of support after posting the following message on Facebook and Twitter.
The entire thing is so stupid and ridiculous. Putting aside how dumb it is to get upset over satire, if you’re going to do it, pick a better target. Ari’s not a celebrity with a ton of endorsements and The Stand is not a conglomerate trying to maintain mass appeal. In fact, of all the clubs Ari works regularly, The Stand is more likely to book Ari extra spots as a result of the dust-up. Nice work, dummies.