Wilmore’s raw brand of comedy created a lot of uncomfortable and awkward moments among guests, with references to the Black Lives Matter Movement, MSNBC’s mass exodus of Black anchors and Obamas aged appearance.
“The president’s hair is so white it keeps saying ‘All Lives Matter,’” Wilmore joked at the POTUS’s expense. Then, he added, “All I’m saying is that in less than eight years, Mr. President, you’ve busted two time-honored stereotypes: black does crack, and apparently once you go black, it looks like we are going back. Thanks, Ben Carson.”
Wilmore also gave a shout out to the Black Lives Matter movement in the audience, while jokingly adding, “I’m just kidding. Relax white people. They’re not here. It’s just a joke.”
Larry then shifted the conversation to the media, declaring that MSNBC “actually now stands for ‘missing a significant number of black correspondents.’” He also turned the spotlight on a few other outlets. “Some of America’s finest black journalists are in the house. Don Lemon is here, too,” he jokes, causing the CNN host to give him the finger on live TV. As expected, WIlmore also brought Fox News into the mix, pointing out their misstep in calling Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance anti-police. “Anti-cop? Come on. At the most, she’s anti-pants,” the late night host chuckled.
Despite the groans and blank stares from the audience, Wilmore plowed through with hard hitting jokes and ended on a sentimental note. “When I was a kid, I lived in a country where people couldn’t accept a black quarterback. Now think about that. A black man was thought by his mere color not good enough to lead a football team. And now to live in your time, Mr. President, when a black man can lead the entire free world.”
And then, the zinger. Wilmore said, before wrapping up his speech, “Yo, Barry, you did it, my n-gga!”
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