my rant about the "hurricane relief" show

i put “hurricane relief” in quotes, because to some (and i am including nbc in this) it was obviously a politically motivated event. read the following blog from the pmsnbc website blog

Mike Myers and Kanye West are on now, talking about the homeless situation. Kanye brings up an important point, talking about how the media portrays white people as seeking food and blacks as looters. He goes into an impassioned speech about the difficulties blacks are having during the Katrina fallout and in the country in general. Mike Myers is with him at the start.

About 10 seconds in, it’s clear he’s not reading from the prompter. He stumbles a bit on his points, but most of them get across. The basic message to the government? Stop dragging your feet and help the people down there. Myers gives him a couple “oh my God” looks, and then another when Kanye says “They’ve given them permission to go down and shoot us.”

Myers, clearly stressed, goes into another point about the hurricane and how New Orleans is forever changed. Then Kanye drops the biggest bomb.

“George W. Bush doesn’t care about black people,” West said. Myers turns to him and clearly has no idea what to say. Then they go to a flabbergasted Chris Tucker.

Kanye was one frustrated man on TV.

Not sure what kind of flack Kanye’s gonna catch for that last bit, but I’m sure he doesn’t care. And good for him to bring up a point on the media’s portrayal of blacks that can’t be said enough. Not sure if I agree, but it’s always good to have someone out there, challenging the media to be as fair as possible.

and then here is the following comments found on the pmsnbc website

An angry Kanye West sounded off on how the media portrayed the poor, black victims of the hurricane as “looters, ” while saying the white victims are “seeking food.”

NBC pulled the comments from its West Coast broadcast and issued a statement after the show.

“Tonight’s telecast was a live television event wrought with emotion. Kanye West departed from the scripted comments that were prepared for him, and his opinions in no way represent the views of the networks. It would be most unfortunate if the efforts of the artists who participated tonight and the generosity of millions of Americans who are helping those in need are overshadowed by one person’s opinion.”

was that really an apology? and why did NO ONE say this live on the air? i will tell you why… because they are glad that it was said. it is how they feel and have been hinting at all along. so you are pissed that buxh won and your guy lost! well, get the flip over it and move on. i hated the fact that clinton won, but i moved on and dealt with it. i’ll say it again! can’t we set aside politics and work together to help save lives? quit being a part of the problem and be a part of the solution. put down the damn cameras and use your resources to help out. okay, rant over.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Kim, father to Hannah & Caleb, and the connections pastor at The River Church. The thoughts expressed here are my own and not The River Church's.

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