Friday, May 15, 2009

Sen. Hendren Calls Schumer "That Jew," Apologizes And Explains: "I Don't Use A Teleprompter"

State Senator Kim Hendren (R) of Arkansas (left), a candidate for the U.S. Senator against Democratic incumbent Blanche Lincoln, apologized for referring to Senator Chuck Schumer (D) of New York as "That Jew" at a party meeting.

Schumer accepted his apology. Hendren explained the circumstances surrounding his comment to The Tolbert Report:

I don’t use a teleprompter and occasionally I put my foot in my mouth. ...At the meeting I was attempting to explain that unlike Sen. Schumer, I believe in traditional values, like we used to see on ‘The Andy Griffith Show.’ I made the mistake of referring to Sen. Schumer as ‘that Jew’ and I should not have put it that way as this took away from what I was trying to say.”

Apparently Hendren needs a teleprompter to keep him from making ethnic slurs. According to him, the problem with his comment was that it was a distraction from his main point. Wasn't the problem the fact that it was bigoted? Is prejudice one of the traditional values Hendren learned from the sheriff of Mayberry?


mjmand said...

As a Jew, I, too, accept Hendren's apology simply because it does me no good not to. Besides, I believe that there is a little bit of healthy prejudice in all of us - call it pride - as long as it is a little bit. I don't believe that his comment alone makes him a bigot. I do think that as a public utterance it was inapropriate and unfortunate, but I personally take very little offense to it.

BTW, about 20 years ago TV Guide named Andy of Mayberry or The Andy Griffith Show as the greatest TV series ever.

Jeff Tone said...

MJM: I believe that Hedren's explanations for his slur show that he just doesn't get it.

"The Andy Griffith Show" the greatest TV series ever? Greater than "The Honeymooners"? I don't think so.