You might remember Adam Carolla as the underachieving half of the Man Show. Whereas Carolla's former partner in chugging beers and looking at boobs, Jimmy Kimmel, has gone onto fame and fortune as a late-night host, Carolla now hosts a podcast on which he frequently maligns minority groups.
In a recent interview with former San Francisco mayor and California governor hopeful Gavin Newsom, Carolla, who now makes regular appearances on Bill O'Reilly's Fox News program, pounced when the conversation shifted to income inequality in America. As the liberal Newsom attempted to discuss the finer points of his new book, Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government, Carolla stuck to well-worn conservative talking points like "What's the matter with blacks?" and "Why don't minorities respect education like proper white people?"
"What's wrong with them?" asked Carolla. "I want to know why those two groups don't have access. Are they flawed?"
Newsom quickly attempted to steer the conversation elsewhere. "I don't want to have a sociological debate," he said.
"I want to know why [Blacks and Latinos] are struggling," Carolla continued. "Do Asians have this problem? Why do so many [Blacks and Latinos]? Blacks have been here longer than we have. What about Asians—they were put in internment camps. Are they at the check cashing places?"
"Why are [these problems] concentrated in the African American community?" Newsom responded. "Look at the history. It's naïve to suggest that those things don't matter."
"How about the Jews?" asked Carolla. "No problems in the past? Whose had it worse? Why are the Jews doing well? [...] Why do some groups do so much better? I'll tell you why: They have a family who puts an emphasis on education."
Newsom could have addressed the many, many, many documented instances of intentional structural inequalities that continue to hamper the opportunities of blacks and Latinos in America to this day. But Carolla wouldn't have wanted to hear any of that anyway. His solution for blacks and Latinos? Simple: Be more like the Jews. "Fathers, stay at home, raise your family, do your homework with your kids, put an emphasis on education like the Jews, like the Asians, and let's see what happens to the problem in 20 years," said Carolla.
Carolla is no novice when it comes to saying ignorant bullshit about minorities. In 2010, he called Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao "a fucking idiot" on his podcast for refusing a fight that would have required blood testing. Carolla then said of the Philippines, "Here's how you know your country doesn't have a lot going for it—when everything is about Manny Pacquiao. Get a fucking life as a country, all you've fucking got is this illiterate guy who won't give up blood who happens to smash other guys in the head better than other people, that's all you have as the Philippines?"
One year later, Carolla used his podcast to say of transgender people, "When did we start giving a shit about these people?" He added that the initialism "LGBT" should be replaced with "YUCK."