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On a day half the country spent bickering about the definition of bigotry after Juan Williams got Jimmy the Greek’d by NPR, and on the same day that CNN aired the third installment of its Black in America series, a parody video dropped featuring Barack and Michelle Obama in the ‘hood. Uh oh.

Waka Flocka Flame is a 24-year-old rapper born in Queens, bred in Georgia. A cursory search of The Google reveals that earlier this week he landed at #8 on MTV News’ Hottest MCs in the Game list, largely due to his club hits “O Let’s Do It” and “Hard in the Paint” (we play both on the office iPod repeatedly, when we’re not listening to the Waka Flocka Flame Pandora station). When Waka — can we call you Waka? — heard that some folks on the Internet were questioning his inclusion on this list, he said, “Fuck them with they middle finger.”

Baracka Flacka Flames is a several-hour-old video directed by Martin Usher and James Davis born of parody, but bred to divide. It’s already led to a sharp division of the black community, largely into two camps, in the comments sections of multiple blogs and the YouTube video itself. There are those who think dropping the N-bomb and using the president’s and first lady’s likeness in such, well, ghetto activities is demeaning, ignorant and unacceptable; and there are those who think it’s exceptionally hilarious. Then you have white people, who are so racked with guilt they can barely wrap their heads around it, except to say “Well, that’s just not right.”


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