Tired of being a go-to reference for Bill Maher whenever the Real Time comedian wants to make an easy joke about President Obama's relative lack of "blackness," normally affable game show host Wayne Brady offered to "slap the shit" out of Maher—a threat that might speak poignantly, as The Hollywood Reporter says, to "an odd undercurrent" of questioning Obama's racial identity recently epitomized by Morgan Freeman, were everyone not immediately distracted by the "Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a bitch?" skit from Chappelle's Show. It is, however, notable that Brady made his comments on Aisha Tyler's Girl On Guy podcast nearly two months ago, suggesting that it's perhaps only because of Freeman's comments that it's just now getting some attention. Still, any chance of this sparking a considered debate over race has all but been dashed, because Wayne Brady. Choke a bitch. Is he going to have to? And so on.
Anyway, during the interview, Brady said that Maher clearly intended for those sorts of jokes to be "a diss to Obama to be called me because he wants a brother-brother," with Brady firing back that Maher shouldn't claim the right to comment on someone's relative level of blackness "just because you fuck black hookers." Brady elaborated that if Maher would really like to know "how black Wayne Brady is," he would "gladly slap the shit out of Bill Maher in the middle of the street… in front of Cocoa and Ebony and Fox, the three ladies of the night that he has hired." (The THR article notes that Brady thus "accuses the HBO host of having a predilection for prostitutes," the author either having never actually listened to Bill Maher, or possessing an incredibly deadpan wit.) In closing, Brady tempered his comments by allowing that he actually respected Maher, though he said he still took the insult "personally." Indeed, it's a sensitive subject that increasingly requires some serious national conversation in which everyone should break yo'self, fool, semantically speaking.