Paul Mooney has never been shy about voicing his opinion on race and social injustice, and incorporating both into his controversial brand of comedy. Later this month, the comic legend will reunite with comedian-activist Dick Gregory for two special shows at Washington D.C.’s Howard Theatre (July 30) and New York City’s B.B. King Blues Club & Grill (July 31).
HuffPost recently caught up with Mooney to get his thoughts on some of the current trending topics, including race relations, Donald Trump and the future of Bill Cosby’s legacy. You can read the interview in full here. Below are excerpts:
Do you think protesting will help resolve race relations and bring justice to race related crimes?
Paul: No. Racism is going to be here until you die, I die, till everybody dies. They just get slicker with it. Back in my day, they just said what they wanted to say, nowadays they just do certain things and get slicker with it.
Speaking of politics, Donald Trump is currently leading in polls. How do you feel about the possibility of him becoming president?
Paul: I say, run. You can’t tell him, “You’re fired.”
What are your thoughts on Bill Cosby and his legacy moving forward?
Paul: The only thing that I can say about that is that he got his “N****r Wake-up Call” [Editor’s Note: “N****r Wake-up Call” is a reoccurring joke that Mooney uses in all of his comedy routines.] What’s new? Does it surprise you? It goes to show you how much power he didn’t have. They took off all his reruns – TV Land just took everything off. Do you see his stuff on TV now?
Do you think it was fair for TV networks to pull “The Cosby Show” reruns?
Paul: No. But that’s white America. But you know the old saying, he “don’t have the complexion for the protection.”
Listen to Paul’s joke below.
Celebs Who Got in Trouble for Using the N-Word
1. 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was fined 11k by the NFL for using the n-word on the field.Source:PR 1 of 21
2. Kentucky's Andrew Harrison called a white player from the opposing team the n-word after losing during the Final FourSource:Andrew Harrison Twitter 2 of 21
3. Justin Bieber landed in hot water after video was released of him using the n-word when he was a 14-year-old.3 of 21
4. Quentin Tarantino4 of 21
5. Charlie Sheen5 of 21
6. Eminem6 of 21
7. Dr. Laura Schlessinger7 of 21
8. Duane "dog" Chapman8 of 21
9. Nas9 of 21
10. John Mayer10 of 21
11. Jonathan Rhys Meyers11 of 21
12. Jennifer Lopez12 of 21
13. Michael Richards13 of 21
14. Paris Hilton14 of 21
15. Jay-Z15 of 21
16. Gwyneth Paltrow16 of 21
17. Guns N' Roses17 of 21
18. Paula Deen18 of 21
19. Kim Zolciak19 of 21
20. Jesse James20 of 21
21. Alec Baldwin21 of 21
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