Figure this one out: a white conductor got fired for joking with his black friend, all because a white college student was super duper offended.
They should make pills for this.
Matthew Halls was removed as artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival following an incident in which he imitated a southern American accent while talking to his longstanding friend, the African-American classical singer Reginald Mobley.
It is understood a white woman who overheard the joke reported it to officials at the University of Oregon, which runs the festival, claiming it amounted to a racial slur.
Oh noes! Imitating an accent is stage 5 appropriation. So because Becky was offended, the conductor gets fired. A life ruined over some harmless words.
Offended outrage and accusations of racism ensued, of course. So a typical SJW Monday (see McDonald’s Pulls Emotional Commercial After Offended Sissies Cry on Social Media).
You know who wasn’t offended? Reginald Mobley…the African American dude the joke was directed to.
Mobley, a countertenor who regularly performs in the UK, has now spoken out to defend his friend, saying there was nothing racist about the joke and describing the university’s apparent treatment of Halls as deeply unjust.
“He has been victimised and I’m very upset about it,” he told The Sunday Telegraph. ”It was an innocent joke that has been entirely taken out of context.”
Innocent jokes blown entirely out of proportion? Sounds about right. This is where we tell you that BS accusations of racism like this (see HATE CRIME? ‘Racist’ Banana Peel Causes Mass Hysteria at Ole Miss. A Banana Peel! and Of Course! Salon.com Now Says the National Anthem is Racist) TAKE AWAY FROM PROBLEM AND HORRORS OF ACTUAL RACISM.
Also, no one likes a tattle tale.