Sunday, November 27, 2005

"Get an ass-whoopin' like Rodney King got..."

While Aaron McGruder's animated version of The Boondocks comic strip seems to have passed up the opportunity to bring edgy hip-hop generation humour to the masses, preferring instead to try and shock based on the singular idea of cartoon characters saying the n-word, Sarah Silverman -, a white, thin, Jewish girl - has managed to tap into rap's 'everything's fair game' make-up superbly.

Her Jesus Is Magic film/stand-up routine contains her flipping the script on everything from the holocaust ("Everybody blames the Jews for killing Christ. And then the Jews try to pass it off on the Romans. I'm one of the few people who believe it was the blacks.") to telling an ex-boyfriend defined as "half-white" that "He would have made a really expensive slave in olden times." Not to mention a 9/11 joke co-starring American Airlines that shouldn't work but, perhaps due to her deliberately conceited delivery, does.

At times she's a little juvenile in her shock antics, but the mainstream hasn't seen such hip-hop au fait comic sensibility since Curb's Larry and Krayzee Eyez Killa exchanges.


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