GOP lawmaker’s potentially racist ‘RedNeck’ rap pulled from YouTube
TOPEKA, Kan. — A video featuring a Kansas legislator criticizing President Barack Obama’s policies while wearing a hat describing opossum as “the other dark meat” was removed Thursday from YouTube, where the lawmaker had posted it last month.
Republican Rep. Bill Otto said he didn’t remove the video, titled “RedNeck Rap,” and didn’t know why it had been taken down. Google Inc., YouTube’s owner, could offer no explanation.
Otto said criticism of the video was unfounded. He said the hat’s saying, which he repeats at the end of the short video, refers to redneck stereotypes, not Obama.
The White House declined to comment Thursday, but Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, called the video “disturbing.” He said it’s logical to see the reference as being to the first black president’s race.
In the video, Otto pauses after criticizing Obama and his policies, repeats the saying on the cap and adds, “A little greasy, but hey.”
“It’s a reference to rednecks,” Otto said during a telephone interview from his home in LeRoy, a small town about 75 miles south of Topeka. “It’s like ‘The Beverly Hillbillies,’ eating opossum bellies, grits and pigs’ feet.”
The flap comes less than two months after U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, another Kansas Republican, remarked in a public forum that the GOP was still looking for “a great white hope.” She later said she wasn’t referring to Obama and didn’t know of the phrase’s past link to pre-civil-rights era racism.
Attempts by AP to access Otto’s video Thursday night resulted in a message stating that it had been “removed by the user.” Google spokesman Scott Rubin said if a video is removed for violating YouTube’s standards, a message would say so.
Though the video is no longer online, a transcript was posted by The Topeka Capital Journal:
“Yo, Barack, my man with the plan
You’re laying us low with this czar scam
You promised things would be different, and it looks like they are
But worse wasn’t the change people voted for
Don’t send them Gitmo killers in our backyard
Send them to the internal revenue service so they can get tortured real hard
The reform government health care, let me tell you where to start
The veteran’s administration should be brought out of the dark
Listen to sister Kathleen and quit dissin’ her so hard
She’s a left-wing Democrat that knows where the votes are
You’re printing all that money, but where’s my share?
Recovery on wall street is raising my hair. Jobs on main street, we need recovery there.
And what’s that card check you’re talking about?
If even George McGovern hates it, that ain’t the route
We want to keep our freedom of speech, God and guns
So you better tell your left-wing radical friends to just cool it, son
I know lining out Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi is a tall order
But talking to little kids ain’t your order
Taxing CO2 should be taken off the shelf
Tell Al Gore to go make money somewhere else
But your cash-for-clunkers was the very last card
Now what’s a redkneck like me going to block up on my yard?”
“Opposum, the other dark meat. A little greasy, but hey.”