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How The Reaction To Larry Wilmore’s “Nigga” Drop At The WHCD Was Peak White Tears, Explained

Who is Barack Obama?

From 2008 to 2015, Barack Obama was the President of the United States. Now, however, he is the Grand Supreme Wizard of Nofucksistan. He presides over a land encompassed of fields and fields and fields of no fucks as far as thine eyes can see; cities with names like “Nah” and “ILeftMyLastFuckin2014”; beautiful trees ripe with no fucks fruit, and harvests that produce bountiful new crops of no fucks every quarter.

So he’s no longer the President of the United States?

He still is. A great part about being Grand Supreme Wizard of Nofucksistan is that you can hold that position while still holding other occupations. Solange Knowles, for instance, was the previous Grand Supreme Wizard while also maintaining a thriving career as a recording artist, Instagram muse, and amateur kickboxer.

What is the White House Correspondents Dinner?

It’s an annual event where the President and the press gather to laugh at jokes and roast the President. But since President Obama is Grand Supreme Wizard of Nofucksistan, he’s somewhat impervious to roasting. Sure, there were digs directed at him during the night, but you can’t really roast someone who left his last fuck in a kitchen cupboard in a timeshare duplex at Deep Creek Lake.

Instead, he took the opportunity to roast Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and others with lines like “I was running on CPT, which stands for jokes that white people should not make” and jabs at candidates who “didn’t poll high enough to earn a joke” — which is basically the presidential equivalent of “all you other cats throwing shots at Jigga, you only get half a bar — fuck y’all niggas.

And, to remind everyone of his new occupation, he ended his set by literally dropping the mic.

I see. Well, who is Larry Wilmore?

Larry Wilmore is my nigga.

That’s it? He’s just your nigga?

I mean, he’s the host of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and he was the host of this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner. But, first and foremost, he’s my nigga.

So you know him personally?

We’ve met once before but I wouldn’t exactly say we know each other.

So how is he your nigga?

Because any nigga who ends his set at the White House Correspondents Dinner with “Yo, Barry, you did it my nigga!” is my nigga too.

He really said that in front of all those White people?

Yes. He really did.

What was the reaction?

You know how, even after Steph Curry hurt his knee, everyone knew the Warriors would still beat the Rockets because the Rockets have the chemistry of a dumpster fire sitting on a bigger dumpster fire?

Yes.

Well, the reaction to Wilmore’s nigga drop was similarly predictable. Black people (mostly) loved it. And White people were (mostly) split into two camps.

1. The “that was a funny line that, although I could never actually say it, Wilmore — who happens to be Black — is actually allowed to say about our Black president because the use of that word is complex; so complex that I’ll just refrain from saying it and let Black people determine when it can and can’t be used” camp

2. The “that offended me” camp. Which is conjoined twins with the “I’m a White person and I believe Black people shouldn’t say that word” camp and the “if they can say it, why can’t I say it?” camp.

All things considered, this moment was Peak White Tears.

Peak White Tears? How so?

You had White people upset that a Black comedian referred to a Black president with a word that only Black people are allowed to use. My God! There are so many levels of Blackness and capital letter Whiteness here — surreal and literal; historically contextual and currently culturally relevant; meta and “motherfucka!” inducing — that this was a White Tears event horizon.

Don’t you think the people upset have a point?

No.

I mean, from a logical standpoint, isn’t it hypocritical for Black people to use that word and then get upset if a non-Black person uses it?

No.

Well, don’t you think…

You don’t have to keep rephrasing your question. Because the answer will always be no. Unless I change things up and throw a “nope” or a “nah” or a “nigga?” in there.

Why?

Well, I already wrote a primer on the use, usage, versatility, and utility of nigga last year. But just in case you didn’t read it, here’s the most pertinent part:

What’s the first rule of nigga use?

Make sure you’re a Black person first.

What’s the second most pertinent part?

Good question!

This might seem complicated, but most Black people — at least most Black veteran users of nigga — understand this. It’s intuitive, and this goes back to the point about the level of nuance with nigga use and usage. It’s a complicated word — perhaps the English language’s most complicated word — and to use it rightly means that you’ve received enough nigga-use education to understand that. Basically, you’ve earned it.

Actually, you’ll have to excuse me for a moment now.

Why? What happened?

All this talk of niggas and nigga love and nigga jokes in front of shocked White audiences and Peak White Tears is making me verklempt. Do you have a tissue?

Yes.

*sniffles* Thanks, nigga.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Slim

    I’m struggling with it. Maybe it’s because I’m old. This wasn’t exactly a banquet at the Elk’s Club.

    • NonyaB

      It’s an age of redefinition: of what spaces we enter, what spaces and occasions shall be deemed acceptable for us to be us, what is considered appropriate language (even at a comedic event). All these things were previously decided without PoC input. Plus, if it was a white president and a white dinner host who made a honky joke, we may all have laughed but PoC would remain aware and accept that it certainly doesn’t mean they could call that POTUS honky.

      • Alfonso

        What? What happens when Obama is gone? Back to the same old. Yes, so I guess enjoy it while you can. Can’t wait until there is another non-black president. Things will go back to normal.

        • NonyaB

          1) Based POTUS is just one of many accelerating this redefinition. When he leaves the casa blanca, the movement will not stop.

          2) He’s leaving to go do more great things, not to retire.

          3) #StaySalty

    • Helga G.Pataki

      I only liked this comment because of it’s mentioning of the Elk’s…..so many memories of my small-town, ratchet youth.

  • ChellZ

    ” Grand Supreme Wizard of Nofucksistan”
    Good day sirs. Good fxcking day.

  • Skegeeaces

    I dont say n*gga, but I have to admit my heart swelled up a bit with when he said that and we had one big black a** laugh. Felt like a family moment.

    • Kingsfan58

      The only one who seemed truly upset was Wolf Blitzer, but Larry was right. How in the He!! is Wolf still on the air???

  • John Shannon

    It was the greatest WHCD ever in the history of said event- NOTHING and NOBODY will top that

    • This man said he was going to earn him some serious Tubmans…. He da GOAT.

      • When he said that…first thing I thought of was VSB, lol

        • Cheech

          I was already thinking of VSB with the CPT thing. Not that that wasn’t obvious. But when he followed right up with the Tubmans — I wondered if he was a reader.

          • Wild Cougar

            Somebody who reads VSB is briefing POTUS, it seems.

            • NonyaB

              Only right that Based POTUS be kept in the know.

  • The WHCD was the “To Pimp a Butterfly” album cover come to life. Wilmore was like “we in here and we done drank all the brown liquor.”

    I love the Blackening of previously believed to be white spaces. Those places, by birthright and history, have always been ours.

    • Cake211

      “Those places, by birthright and history, have always been ours.”

      This is what I tell people all the time when they say black people should “just have our own”– nah, bih, all this ish mine. The white spaces built on the backs of me and my people is mine, too.

      • miss t-lee

        We built this sh*t. Everything belongs to us, if folks wanna believe it, or not.

        • Tracy Ledesma

          “my room mate Lori Is getting paid on the internet 98$/hr”…..!cc908gtwo days ago grey MacLaren P1 I bought after earning 18,512 DoIIars..it was my previous month’s payout..just a little over.17k DoIIars Last month..3-5 hours job a day…with weekly payouts..it’s realy the simplest. job I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months. ago. and now making over. hourly 87 DoIIars…Learn. More right Here !cc908g:?:?:???? http://GlobalSuperJobsReportsEmployments1stGetPayHourly$98…. .??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??:??::::::!cc908g….,….

        • Mary Burrell

          Our ancestors built it with their blood,sweat, and tears.

          • miss t-lee

            Hallelu.

            • Valerie Barajas

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          • Mike_88

            Ayo you be sayin, we wuz kangz n shieeeeeet?

      • Kas

        I want all of ours, and a big portion of what they consider theirs. That’s just me though.

        • The Case for Reparations.

          • Kas

            I was coming at it from a different angle. Not that we will be given anything (just not going to happen), but that we are capable of having our own strong Black communities and simultaneously excelling in the broader America.

            • Mortal Man

              I was referring to the Ta-Nehisi Coates article, and I feel your sentiment. I think in order to get both things simultaneously, reparations are key, and a small part of that is reasserting to people that places like the Washington Hilton and the White House have always belonged to us.

          • Muriel

            Can Haitians and Jamaicans qualify or nah?? Lmao

            • Mortal Man

              Haitians can. The Western world ran a train on Haiti for centuries after the Haitian Revolution; France is overdue for admitting their historical sin.

              Jamaicans can as well, given their history with slavery.

              • Lisss

                Laawwwddddd you aint neva lie!

              • 4 Eva

                Wow! “Ran a train!”

        • Other_guy13

          ” a big portion of what they consider theirs”…..
          I almost fell out my chair lmao….preach brother Kas…Preach!!!!!!

        • Muriel

          Ya like Starbucks frappes and golf … luv Tiger Woods.. I luv it all lol ?

      • Not Playin Witchu Piggy

        White spaces is a fallacy and oxymoron they tried to sell.

    • CRJay72

      It was once said the revolution will not be televised. Well, it was last night. This is real moment, y’all. Every Negro ’bout to get uppity. It’s “I’m Black and I’m Proud….And I’s gonna be LOUD about it, my NINJA!”

      • Alfonso H

        Revolution between whom? Blacks vs Latinos, Whites, and Asians. If that is the case. Bring it on. As long as black men continue to kill each other, won’t be much of a fight.

        • DiaShoni

          Oh, lord. You’re one of those…

        • NonyaB

          Aww, #StaySalty

    • best comment i’ve seen online in ages

    • This is why I always take extra napkins and condiments from fast food establishments. My ancestors worked for these ketchups, bit ch.

  • Okay, I love VSB. Seriously though, this is the best post yet.

  • Mr. Quojo .

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. His whole presidency reminded me of Dave Chappelle’s Black Bush.

  • Brandon Allen

    I love how Larry pulled no punches. Came at Barack a bit even tho he’s teflon, slapped up Brian Williams, and ethered Don Lemon.

  • Glam Life

    I don’t use that word, but yeah, it was perfect. Loved it. Don’t talk to me about how the remark was inappropriate for the venue. All bets have been off since that representative jumped up and yelled “you lie” to our sitting president at the state of the union address. They just mad they can’t say it out loud on tv, but they call him out his name in private for sure.

    • Mochasister

      I remember that fool! Why pretend to be offended when we know they all call him that behind his back. No need for the hypocrisy; keep it 100 as the kids say.

    • Football Mom

      Yes, as a white person with no standing in this discussion, after the “you lie” thing, I wish POTUS had jump on the no-fucks train sooner. I can’t even count the number of #thanksobama moments that I’ve heard over the years–it’s not like he was gonna change anyone’s mind from Day One.

  • Buster Cannon

    At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter if wypipo get offended by it or not. Obama’s the president and he’s cool with it, so everyone’s just gonna have to hold the L and put some respeck on his name.

    • Sahel

      Respeck,brother,respeck

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