Fox Business Host Apologizes for Using ‘Language Interpreted’ as Racist: ‘We Did Go a Bit Too Far’

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News, June 14, 2011

Eric Bolling, host of the Fox Business Network show “Follow the Money,” apologized to viewers on Monday for using racist language during a segment that aired last week.

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In a segment that aired on Friday, Bolling referred to the White House as the “Hizzouse” and “Hizzy,” and President Obama’s guests–including Gabon President Ali Bongo–as “hoods.”

“We did go a bit too far,” Bolling admitted.

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  • (AWG) AVERAGE WHITE GUY

    Had Fox News referred to the White House as the “wood pile,” I would agree; that would be overboard and racist.

  • Awakened

    I’m amazed he wasn’t fired on the spot. Don’t misinterpret me either. I’m not saying that he should have been fired. However, an equivalent comment about Whites would have gone completely unnoticed, or perhaps even celebrated.

  • Samuel

    Such ignorant comments have become the norm. It seems that people tend to forget that Obama is half-White

  • ATBOTL

    There is nothing lamer than a middle aged white man trying to be funny by using 15 year old black slang.

  • Anonymous

    – Gabon President Ali Bongo –

    Is this guy real?

  • sbuffalonative

    There is nothing lamer than a middle aged white man trying to be funny by using 15 year old black slang.

    Too true. An adult shouldn’t lower themselves to their level.

    The guy let his guard down thinking he was being hip and he made the mistake of believing we live in a post-racial American.

    I’m not surprised this happened. What’s surprising is that he doesn’t understand the rule of ‘who can say what’.

  • sbuffalonative

    There is nothing lamer than a middle aged white man trying to be funny by using 15 year old black slang.

    Too true. An adult shouldn’t lower themselves to their level.

    The guy let his guard down thinking he was being hip and he made the mistake of believing we live in a post-racial American.

    I’m not surprised this happened. What’s surprising is that he doesn’t understand the rule of ‘who can say what’.

  • HH

    “ATBOTL” Oh my God is that true!! I literally CRINGE whenever I hear otherwise intelligent, educated Whites pepper their speach with ghetto gibberish! Shameful…

  • Anonymous

    4 — ATBOTL wrote at 7:47 PM on June 15:

    There is nothing lamer than a middle aged white man trying to be funny by using 15 year old black slang.

    You’ve got that right ATBOTL; I’d sack him for that!

  • Aux Armes Citoyens

    4 — ATBOTL wrote at 7:47 PM on June 15:

    “There is nothing lamer than a middle aged white man trying to be funny by using 15 year old black slang.”

    Ebonics is constantly in evolution. It’s such a rich, exciting vehicle of communication; always changing. I cringe when I hear “whites” using expressions such as “jive turkey”, “been wif yo mama”, “honky” and the ultimate redflag of archaic uncoolness “ofay”. It’s all so “yesterday”.

    Let’s not reduce Ebonics to the status of classical Latin. BTW is “know whaam sain?” still an OK tag phrase with which to end a declarative sentence thereby making it an interrogative?

    Y’all git beck to me wif a ansah Yo!

  • Orion Blue

    This is all quite interesting stuff, to hear about a television presenter using gutter-talk to ‘reach out’ to an audience’.

    In the UK, there seem to be just too many whites trying to emulate their cool ‘hipster’ black contemporaries.

    Even such phony gestures as ‘high-five’ is something I would entirely avoid.

    Such behaviour may be understandable among ‘teens’ and ‘young people’; always primary targets of Change Agents (and probably not just for the malleability of their minds alone), though for any self-respecting individuals, it is something that is beneath contempt.

    I am reminded of white men of early middle age who insist on posturing with the belief that junk ‘music’ rivals any of our own productions.

  • Terese

    Anyone who has children can figure out what ebonics really is — the speech patterns of little kids whose grammar was never properly corrected by their parents. 3 year olds say all kinds of adorable things, like “I just swimmed in grandma’s pool!”, and as the parent, you respond with “Oh, you just swam in grandma’s pool, that’s great!”, and so on….

    Apparently some black parents just don’t correct their children. Drives Bill Cosby crazy.