Consummate terribly unfunny jokester Senator John McCain—he of the infamous gorilla rape quip—is back at it again on Twitter, this time with a crack about how Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is nothing but a monkey. Get it?
You see, the notoriously awful Ahmadinejad said today that he wants to be the first Iranian astronaut, a reference to Iran's probably fraudulent claims that it recently sent a monkey into space. McCain's response? "But you already sent a monkey into space, Ahmadinejad, you stupid monkey!"
So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn't he just there last week? "Iran launches monkey into space" news.yahoo.com/iran-launches-…— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 4, 2013
Naturally, because of the long, well-researched, and dangerous history of white men like John McCain mocking and condemning people of color as apes, some people were offended by McCain's joke. The senator's reaction to the criticism was telling everyone to " lighten up," of course, because when you're offended by an old rich white guy calling a brown person a monkey, it's always your sensitivity that's the problem, not his insensitivity. One person who refused to lighten up was McCain's Republican congressional colleague Justin Amash, an Arab American representing Michigan's Third District:
Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes. “@senjohnmccain: Re: Iran space tweet - lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?”— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) February 4, 2013
Kudos to Amash, who is still in his first term. His willingness to stand up for what he believes and beat back against the bigoted tradition's of his party's history should earn him a frustrating and feckless stay in the Republican leadership.
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