“How long does it take for the most trusted news source to turn a boring non-story into a racist, xenophobic nightmare? About 13 seconds it turns out, and that’s only because CNN news correspondent Jeanne Moos takes her time narrating the intro.
Earlier this month, Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge and chubby-cheeked baby George took their first visit overseas. There’s not much to say about royal trips abroad, aside from cute playdate photos with the commoners, but CNN, bless their hearts, found a way to make us sit up and wonder what century they belong in. Because if there’s anything Americans are good at, it’s finding new and horrible ways to make honoring indigenous traditions and experiencing other cultures about weird dances, things that baffle white people and butts.
You’ve got to watch this and see for yourself how bad it gets. Just when you think the segment has peaked, it expands the scope of its awfulness. Not just satisfied with comparing the traditional dances of Maori warriors (including those who welcomed former first lady Laura Bush during a visit to soldiers in Afghanistan) to Chippendales and horny emus, Moos gleefully highlights diplomats and world leaders “going native.”
Yeah, she actually said that.
So, how long does it take for CNN to transform into your weird, clueless right-wing relative who’s just discovered chain emails? About two minutes, it looks like. And if you need more, you’re in luck: CNN has a playlist available for your delectation called “The Wacky World of Jeanne Moos.”
***”Can you image people being active participants in their own cultures in their own lands? How utterly barbaric!” -British Colonialism (representing cultural and literal genocide, rape, economic exploitation and theft since the 15th century)
****And its bastard offspring the American CNN reporter.
(Source: PolicyMic via @MarcKissel on Twitter)
Thank you CNN for finding a way to minimize an amazing honor and great ceremony.