Was Charles Barkley’s On-Air Slavery Joke Funny?

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  • Charles Barkley likes controversy. It’s a fact at this point. The sports analyst cracked an inappropriate joke in reference to slavery.

    When co-host Kenny Smith asked the former NBA star to name his favorite president, you already knew it was going to be a hot mess and he probably did too.

    In response, Barkley gave his answer: “I love President Obama, but Abe Lincoln is my new favorite president,” Barkley said. “You know why? Because if it weren’t for him, we’d be calling Ernie (Johnson) ‘boss.’”

    To help smooth over the awkward moment, Kenny and Shaq attempted to change the subject only for Barkley to come in and call him “Boss.”

    Viewers responded via Twitter, some with disappointment and others with amusement”

    “@bennyboy314 Ben Manning Charles Barkley’s slavery joke was very solid. Hahaha.”

    “@SteveLindsayCBS Steve Lindsay Charles Barkley makes a joke about slavery on national tv. Never a good idea.”

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    6 thoughts on “Was Charles Barkley’s On-Air Slavery Joke Funny?

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    2. A negro, married to a white-woman could NEVER offend no one but himself. Barkley been coonin’ for white-folks, and he feels since he’s 6-7 300 lbs, who’s gonna challenge him about what he says! Guess what negro, (Talking to Charles) your day is coming, and we’ll see how you respond then, nig—! And that’s not a threat, that’s a FACT!!!

    3. Considering what was said ,and how much attention it has received, maybe there will be more attention to The National GOP attempts at Voter Suppression, and Abolition of Labor laws across this
      Nation. Right On Charles! Keep your head up out the sand.

    4. I wasn’t offended, I appreciate Barkley addressing it and we African Americans don’t address slavery no way nearly enough! I wouldn’t go as far as saying that we would still be addressing the white man as yessum boss. But we treat the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation as if it happened so long ago, it’s ancient history! What if Lincoln didn’t sign it?

    5. Irene on January 2, 2013
      Please!!!! give me a break it was a joke . The problem is if a white man had made that comment folks would want his job and head on a platter. Just make sure that if we as black people are going to make those kind of jokes ,then don’t get all bent out of shape when a white person makes a joking comment.

    6. What- now a black man can’t make a slavery joke. I have been black for as long as I could remember and I was in no way offended by this joke. I think some people are just overly defensive. This was a joke that wasn’t aimed to hurt anyone. Appropriate or not it is a non issue.

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