Jay Leno Comments on Mizzou

15 Nov

The student protest at Mizzou has moved some folks, and changed some minds. Here, Jay Leno lays out the fact that the students indeed had cause for their actions…

Jay Leno tells Bill Maher: Mizzou protesters were right — school president was ‘clueless’

Real Time host Bill Maher battled panelists Jay Leno, Michael Steele and Dylan Ratigan on Friday when he complained about the recent anti-racism protests at Yale University and the University of Missouri.

Maher recounted the discussion at Yale that was touched off by a university email advising students not to use Halloween costumes based on cultural appropriation or stereotypes, which led to a faculty member, Erika Christakis, questioning whether the school was stifling students’ right to be “a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive.”

That, in turn, led to hundreds of students signing an open letter criticizing Christakis.

“Who raised these little monsters?” Maher said of the letter. Leno countered by saying that the pendulum in public discourse had swung in the other direction from the days when virtually any sort of slur would go unchecked.

“You could call a government operation ‘Wetback,’ and no one said anything about it,” the former Tonight Show host said. “Now the pendulum swung back, so now the other side gets a taste of what it’s like. Will it come back to the center? I believe it will.”

“That’s spreading — it’s not just Yale,” Maher insisted.

The host also expressed sympathy with protesters at Missouri, but questioned whether prompting the resignation of president Tim Wolfe was beneficial to their cause.

“Do we purge even clueless people from their job now?” he asked. “Is that where we are with the battle against racism?”

“I say yes,” Leno responded. “You know why? Because if you’re president of the university, you shouldn’t be clueless. When I saw the faces of those African-American young kids when they had won, they looked like Julian Bond in 1965. They looked like all the black students that protested when I was in college that did the sit-ins that didn’t think they would get whatever it was [that they wanted]. It’s just a different version of that. I applaud them. They looked like they won something. One of those people could be a senator.”

Ratigan concurred with Leno, saying that the protests were forcing conversations about racism “to permeate deeper into the system.”

“You have all this structural racism that we all know about and we talk about it, but it doesn’t get talked about as much as it should and it doesn’t get dealt with,” he said.

Maher then scoffed at the protesters’ efforts to set up a “media-free zone” at one point.

“They characterize themselves as the protesters in Tiananmen Square, but sometimes they look like the Chinese Army,” Maher protested. “Their right to never be offended does not supersede the First Amendment.”

“However irrational the response may be, the irrational response pales in comparison to the structural racism that still exists,” Ratigan shot back.

Steele also argued that the conditions that spurred the protests had not just developed over hours or days, but at least several months.

“This even goes back beyond a few months — it goes back over a period of time that these students have had to live in this environment where they’ve had to deal with this by themselves,” he said. “And after a while, enough’s enough. And cluelessness is no longer an excuse.”


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5 responses to “Jay Leno Comments on Mizzou

  1. lkeke35

    November 15, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    And I very much agree with the no media zones. For one thing, the media doesn’t ever show any of the things that lead up to PoC being outraged. It only ever shows the final straw or us on our last nerve. When we talk about what’s happening to us, the media ignores that ,but it’s quick to show up and take pictures of us being angry for the bigots at home who have no idea why were mad.

    Also those students don’t need the mainstream media anymore. They have social media to raise awareness, get the word out on gatherings. People who need to know what’s going on and are plugged in, will know about. If you aphave access to the Internet or a phone, you will know.

    I imagine for the unplugged, the elderly, or those not tech savvy, the things they’re watching on tv must be hella puzzling. Although frankly, with the bubble some people lives in, they could not be any of those things and still be pretty clueless.

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  2. lkeke35

    November 15, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Also I’m not a fan of Jay Leno, but when he said those things, I shouted in agreement. He’s absolutely right. What we’re seeing on campus’ is the exact same pushback we’re seeing off campus. It’s not different. Only this time the students are fighting for better things on campus instead of the wider world. I can’t disagree with them. I’m college educated and while my experience wasn’t lonely, or full of too many bigots bothering, it still turned out very bad, and I dropped out later. I think what they’re doing is a good thing and the Hell with whining(wealthy) comedians bitching about how they can’t say anything.


    • btx3

      November 15, 2015 at 11:47 AM

      Jay is a Republican. What he illustrates is the difference between the moderate wealthy Republicans of old…And the trailer trash.

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  3. Steve

    November 17, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Laila Ali’s comments about Rousy were raw: “A real champion would never have been beaten that badly”. Ouch. She went on to say a rematch would probably end up the same way.


    • Steve

      November 17, 2015 at 2:13 PM

      Ooops! Left this in the wrong thread. Sorry.



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