After SAE brothers at the University of Oklahoma were caught on tape gleefully chanting racist slurs this weekend, you might have thought, who would defend these men? Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough answered that rhetorical question this morning by suggesting that rappers are actually to blame for SAE's behavior.
After first noting that Waka Flocka Flame has declined to perform at the University of Oklahoma because of SAE's racist behavior, Brzezinski preceded with the most outstanding performance of victim-blaming morning TV has ever seen. "If you look at every single song, I guess you call these, that [Waka Flocka's] written, it's a bunch of garbage," she said. "It's full of n-words, it's full of f-words. It's wrong. And he shouldn't be disgusted with them, he should be disgusted with himself."
Guest Bill Kristol then jumped in with this: "Popular culture becomes a cesspool, a lot corporations profit off of it, and then people are surprised that some drunk 19-year-old kids repeat what they've been hearing."
(The only thing SAE brothers were repeating, of course, was a chant passed down from bro to bro about how black people will never be invited to pledge their fraternity.)
Joe Scarborough agreed with Kristol: "The kids that are buying hip hop or gangster rap, it's a white audience, and they hear this over and over again. So do they hear this at home? Well, chances are good, no, they heard a lot of this from guys like this who are now acting shocked."
Willie Geist tried to explain that "there is a distinction between white kids on a bus talking about hanging someone and Waka Flocka singing a song," but the rest of the panel was not able to grasp that point.