By letterhead | April 27, 2008
At a recent media party hosted by the UK’s heavyweight newspaper The Financial Times, Fox Business host (and Financial Times columnist and successful capital markets investor) Cody Willard flashed a gang sign for the cameras.
Willard is described by Huffington Post columnist Rachel Sklar as friendly, chatty, affable, jocular, and a good sport… all in the short space of three paragraphs.
Fox, it seems, has hit on a way to charm the knickers off the nuns of the left. But Willard, the affable jocular charmer, it seems is a bit of dense dunce — an uber-privileged white guy trying to feign hipness with a flash of street cred.
While you’re at it, why not pull your pants down and wear them around your ass Cody?
And while you’re posing, why not let’s ask Chris Wallace and Papa Bill O’Reilly what they think. I am sure that they will come to your defense, as fellow Foxes can be expected to do. It was all just in fun. Pretend. Make believe. We know he’s not black. He certainly doesn’t look scary.
But let’s get serious here for a minute. In reality, gangs are scary. And white guys co-opting black street culture is so… stupid. (They killed it with backwards baseball caps.)
Most of all, it’s insulting for a national “news” professional to be making light of the violence (nay, “terror”) that plagues so many urban neighborhoods where people of color have to live. Especially the same “news” network that uses “terror” as a club to beat the drum of war in Iraq. The same “news” network that pigpiles on the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright every day for being an angry black man.
Exploitation and hypocrisy are ugly when you see them up close.
Hey Cody… you know what… next time maybe you could just cover them up… with a bit of black face.