This Columbus Day Interview From Fox News Is Offensive
Category: Op/EdVia: john-russell • 2 weeks ago • 75 comments
I could have put this on one of the existing Columbus Day seeds but I decided it rated its own attention.
Fox News interviews the old SNL "funny man" (to use the word loosely) Joe Piscopo. Piscopo goes on to say something extremely offensive about Columbus Day, but he is obviously too stupid to realize it.
He defends Columbus Day on the basis that his grandparents were Italian immigrants. They told him that they came because America is the greatest country on earth. As irrelevant as that is to Columbus , and what Columbus did, that is not the really offensive part of Piscopo's bs.
At the 1:45 mark on the video Piscopo says
"What we celebrate today is really beyond Columbus, it is celebrating the ethnicity of America. The ethnicity and the mosaic is the foundation of the United States Of America. It's the strength of America, they literally by their hands built this great country. The Italian -Americans, the Jewish Americans, the Latino-Americans, the black Americans, the Chinese -Americans , we're all in this together. And once you cancel out one of those groups, in this case Italian-Americans, you hurt all of those groups, you hurt all of America. "
As probably jumped out at you, Piscopo totally leaves out the ethnic group at the heart of this controversy, the Native-Americans. He DOES NOT mention them as one of the groups that contribute to the greatness of America.
A simple oversight from a simpleton? Maybe, but I think it is more of an expressed worldview.
The bimbo Fox host goes on to associate criticism of Columbus with communism and un-Americanism.
All in all a pretty disgusting video.