October 20, 2006


Angelides Doesn't Question Jokes (Scott Martelle, October 20, 2006, LA Times)

Only days after urging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to renounce questionable sexual comments made to high school students by a Republican assemblywoman, Democratic challenger Phil Angelides sat through a morning radio talk show Thursday without objecting to a series of dubious gags about sex, ethnicity and an elderly female guest.

Angelides protested — humorously — only when syndicated radio host Adam Carolla made sexual comments about Angelides' 28-year-old daughter, Megan, who was in the studio.

Asked later why he didn't object to the tenor of the other comments — an earlier African American guest was described as a "tall glass of chocolate milk" while Angelides was in the station — Angelides said his performance was not inconsistent with his earlier comments about Schwarzenegger. [...]

Angelides' appearance came after a segment in which a 20-year-old African American man named Master agreed to kiss a 72-year-old white woman named Sara to win a ticket to an upcoming promotional event at Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills.

Carolla made a joke about a "May-casket" romance, playing off "May-December," and said Sara had a case of "jungle fever," a pejorative reference to white women attracted to black men. Carolla is the former host of the canceled television program "The Man Show."

Later, near the end of the first segment of the show, Carolla told Angelides that he wanted to ask him something after the commercial break.

"I'm not going to kiss Sara," Angelides quipped on the air. "I want to be clear. I decided early."

An anonymous voice-over also alluded to Angelides' ethnic background with a sexual innuendo. Angelides let it pass without comment.

Angelides' appearance on the radio show was notable given his campaign's new strategy of questioning the character of the governor, specifically citing complaints about his comments about women.

Comedy and liberalism just don't jibe.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 20, 2006 11:16 PM
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