First of all, Rusty DePass, some kind of Republican activist, has a cool name. Sadly, that’s the only good thing I can say about him tonight.
Rusty was caught on Facebook responding to someone’s post about a gorilla that escaped from a zoo in Columbia, South Carolina. Here is his enlightened response: “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors — probably harmless.”
Just in case you weren’t sure what he was talking about, DePass later went on a TV news show and explained that he was thinking of First Lady Michelle Obama when he made that Facebook comment. So, to make it clear: He said Michelle Obama’s ancestors were gorillas.
And then he capped it with a classic non-apology: “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone.” See how that works? He isn’t sorry that he said it. He’s sorry if you took it the wrong way. But not really.
Anyway, he wasn’t done. Rusty tried to justify his stupidity by claiming Michelle Obama has been known to say humans descended from apes. “The comment was hers. Not mine,” he told reporters.
Nah, Rusty, it was yours. It was yours, and it was stupid, and it was on Facebook. Rusty is no longer on Facebook; his account strangely vanished today.
Let’s review the problems here:
- The idea that some people claim humans descended from apes is a fallacy. No scientist believes this. What is believed — with a lot of evidence to back it up — is that humans and modern apes (and even monkeys) descended from a common ancestor. Morons like to trot out the “descended from monkeys” bit, though. Check out “comedian” Steve Harvey’s position on this issue.
- Comparing people of African descent to apes or monkeys is a hot-button no-no. We don’t like it, because of a few centuries of some pretty serious shit.
- Making things up, and blaming your victim, to cover your tracks is the pinnacle of stupid.
Is it just me, or are aging cracker Republicans becoming a little more blatant in their racism? I’ll have to think about that. Anyway, I have nothing more to say about this moron, except this: Maybe he should go to the zoo and share his theory with that pissed-off gorilla. Say, why am I suddenly thinking of the ending of Trading Places?