You can be a namby-pamby leftie, a gun-toting neo-con or a soft, indecisive moderate. I really don't care. Just don't lie to me.
As you can see, no "n-word" was used... but a "K" word in the form of "knickers." As a matter of fact, during the verse, we (as performers) went out of our way to point to our knickers as to avoid any confusion. It's then followed by the line:
"Man, you think I'd say that? What's wrong with you? I'm just talking about my short pants that I rock with my shoes."
The verse was used to point out the hyper-PC, disingenuous liberals who today seek for a reason to be offended under every rock.
As an aside, I've never once claimed to be "offended." Then again, I'm a grown man.
Some may not like the video, and that's fine. Some may disagree with the political content of the video. That's fine too. Lying about it isn't. It all started with a post here at HuffPo where Amanda Terkel posted an intimate, live performance of the song (to nothing more than friends/peers) at CPAC along with a thinly veiled insinuation of racial offense. Claiming that at the moment the "K" word was used, "a technician -- who happened to be one of the only African-American individuals in the room and was working at the front at the time -- stood up and walked away." Taking advantage of the less-than-stellar video quality and murky sound, auxiliary websites like Gawker used the secondhand video to re-set the narrative to "N-word yelled at CPAC." A few things that should be mentioned here.
A) The "n-word" was never, ever used.
B) He wasn't one of the only African-Americans in the room.
C) He didn't walk away in offense. More on this below.
Like all great character assassination attempts, implication is much more effective than accusation.
"Does the Tea Party hate Barack Obama because he's black and only because he's black? You decide!"
"Is Sarah Palin encouraging the violent targeting and shooting of US congressmen? Who knows!"
"Does Keith Olbermann specifically hire younger, female producers for questionable reasons unknown? Don't ask me!"
Let me clarify. Chris (my co-performer) and I were talking with the aforementioned sound technician both before and after the show, laughing and enjoying each other's company. Furthermore, Bradd Young, the co-creator of the song who produced this entire track, also happens to be black, and enjoys the video immensely.
Note: I'm aware that one would generally use the term "African-American" as to avoid the wrath of the privileged, often white, PC progressives looking to mount an "offended" campaign. However, since I've never heard Bradd refer to himself as such, and many black Americans today deem "hyphenated Americanism" offensive, I've avoided using the term out of respect for him. See what I did there?
Listen, I'm not somebody who really cares about polarization, political correctness or even what context can be fit into proper 40-character formatting. People can hold any opinion that they want on any subject that they choose. Just don't proactively lie to people. It's a simple request really, and one that we don't hear nearly enough.
It's for that same reason that I'd rather engage the president over his current policy failures than crazy conspiracy theories. By that same token, I would expect many of the HuffPo readers to hate me for plenty of things that I've actually said in the past as opposed to those made up by weak, lefty, online-commentating wieners.
Go ahead and take your foot off the "civility" gas pedal for all I care. We should all be replacing it with "honesty."