Fox News Commenters Spew Racism at Whitney Houston

Fox News Commenters Spew Racism at Whitney Houston February 16, 2012

When Fox News reported on its website Sunday night that Whitney Houston had died, it unleashed a torrent of ugly racist comments from their readers. Charles Johnson managed to copy a whole bunch of them before Fox started deleting them, but there were so many that they finally just deleted the entire comment thread in order to get rid of them. Here are the ones that he saved first:

A tragedy is when someones passes away from a terminal disease or something else that no one saw coming.Whitney is just an inferior lo w life ni gg er that needed to go,no tragedy,no loss.

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Any death is a tragedy you heartless bástard.

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not nignogs their death is a plus

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SHe couldn’t even sell issues of “the national enquirer” anymore. Everyone was tired of the TNB. Niqqer flaps her lips and screeches, niqqer becomes rich. Niqqer ends up nearly broke after spending all of her money. Niqqer in constant fights and drug binges. Niqqer ODs when she learns she’s nearly broke and she is so wasted physically she can’t make another album. Niqqer hit the end of the road, niqqer thinking and niqqer behavior led her to where she had nothing. She couldn’t face life without the “bling bling”, she knew she would never have any more “kaching kaching”

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I am now patiently waiting for the grand messiah Obama to have a blk fundraiser in honor of Whitley with Kevin Costner as guest of honor with all the Hollywood elites invited along with Alan Colmes, Al Sharpton, Jeremia Wright, Charles Rangel, etc. with a menu featuring blk eyed peas, grits, Imported Kobe steak, Dom Perignon, sweet potato pie and a mus lll im scarf as a momento of this great occasion.

Of course the door prize will be an all expense paid trip to Kenya to visit the Obama tribe and birthplace of his ancestors while the American people still look for this imposter’s birth certificate in Hawaii !!!

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This is typical of the blk gene pool; it happens all the time. They cannot handle fame and fortune whether it’s derived from music, acting, sports or just plain entertainment. Too much fame and too much money at one time will ki ll ll you.

How many blk people have died from drugs including alcohol that have been in the sports and the entertainment industry or screwed up their married lives like Tiger Woods or worse, OJ Simpson !!!

This is the same disease that got Obama voted into the White House.

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i don’t even consider them to be included in the human race let alone on a pedistal. the people that do are a bunch of loosers.

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Story goes Obama sh0ved to much cr@ck up the wh0res @zz when he was going to sniiff it…

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Obvious the use of to much hair strengthener did her in.That s__t will peel paint!

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unfortunately like most nignog crack hoes she was able to apply her trade on “da streets”

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Another nignog off the public social rolls

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BIack females are the fattest segment of the population. BIack males are the most murderousss segment of the population. Africans have the lowest IQ of all people.

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Like most of her species, she suffered from chronic stupidity.

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tough break niqqer.

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Nothing wrong with Coors, what is good about it most_n i g g e r s_ don’t like it

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oh niqqa please,nigga please.

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one of the only b l a c k chics i would have ever banged…..once you go c r ack er…..you dont do cr a c k

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Woo Hoo One less obama voter

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Whitney who?!? some //iggress music artist that had a couple of hits in the early 90’s. She’s since been forgotten and now she’s dead.. Who cares..

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Africans love their drugs.

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Jungle Buggie ??

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This is a good lesson for all of you God loving Christian girls out there, stay away from “Jungle Love.”

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One less bIack crack addict in the world today. Not such a big loss.

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We Whiteys dont care about some monkey crackhead, change the headline!

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How funny would it be if they fuckedup the tombstone.

WHITEY HOUSTON

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Their are B L A C K S and their are N i G G A S, which class do you put her mentor Bobby Brown into??? Whitney chose ???

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Who cares? Black_trash gone is enough.

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She is just like any other gh e tto queen.I hope the rest of these worthless piles in the inner cities follow her act .

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What a waste of a good slit.

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HER REAL NAME SHOULD BE KUNTA KINTI OR MOGUBA MAGABA, WHY AFRO-AMERICANS ARE USING ENGLISH NAMES AND LAST NAMES?….SHAME ON THEM!!

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You know what you call Whitney Houston in a bathtub? A dead n i g g a h

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Another buckwheat supporter bites the dust, oh well.

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hatesandniqqers 3 hours ago

phuk you w hore,,,,,,,,,

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Buckwheat is ne gro trash!

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Bammy should not have given her crack from his personal stash!

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B l a c k s have little to brag about about so they strut and crow about anything. The politically correct whites whine and cringe and try to be b l a c k themselves and identify with their “brothers”. Great singer but as stupid as her pal, the malignancy in the white house

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she still be voting for the head niggg this nov

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To bad it wasnt the monkey in the White House

Fox did the right thing by deleting the thread, but this isn’t about them. It’s about the mentality of so many of their fans.


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  • Tualha

    Yes, well, did Fox delete it to avoid having hate speech on their site, or to avoid having people know that so many of their readers are such assholes?

    I impute. You decide.

  • Wow,just wow.

    So many different people, so few different ideas.

    She was black ergo a junkie

    She was black ergo a whore

    She was black ergo stupid

    She was black ergo she was not a human being.

    I just can’t fathom the mindset of those who place the amount of melanin in someone’s epidermis as their defining characteristic. I wish I could remeber who said it.

    Not all racist people are stupid, but all stupid people are racist.

  • doktorzoom

    Not to worry–I saw a post at FreeRepublic which patiently explains that virtually every one of these comments was actually added to the FoxNews thread by Johnson and his LGF mafia in a massive false-flag operation to smear conservatives as racist, which they most assuredly are not.

  • anandine

    One thing I don’t understand is the spaces in the middle of words. Is it to avoid search strings that might get their posts deleted? Is a style? Is it bad typing?

  • @4

    Yes it’s to get round the filters. Notice the **qqer instead of **gger as well.

  • gvlgeologist

    @ andrewbrown:

    Did you mean “Not all stupid people are racist, but all racist people are stupid”?

  • So, to use another recent example… How do the racists quoted above explain Amy Winehouse?

  • @6

    Regrettably no, some racists can be highly educated.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Griffin

    Racism appeals to the stupid as it’s a simple way of understanding the world. Ingroup good, outgood bad, and outgroup looks different to me so I know who they are.

    Love to know what ethnic group these idiots would fit my half English, half Ghanain kids into. Most people here in NZ think they’re Pakeha (White European)

  • Captain Mike

    What a waste of a good slit.

    I don’t think that’s racist. It’s pretty vile and may be sexist, but it’s not racist.

  • jba55

    andrewbrown: “Not all racist people are stupid, but all stupid people are racist.”

    So have you never met someone who is stupid but isn’t racist? I have, but I know better than to project my own experiences onto other people. They do, however, exist. Just because racism and stupidity (although I think ignorance is a better term for many) are often found together doesn’t mean that all stupid people are racist. I mean really, that’s just a, dare I say it, stupid thing to say.

  • gvlgeologist

    andrewbrown:

    high level of education =/= intelligence

    low level of education =/= stupid

    As far as I’m concerned, by any rational measure, racism is stupid, so I don’t agree with you. As jba55 (#10) says, there are people who aren’t necessarily all that bright, but it doesn’t mean that they are necessarily racists. I can’t quote scholarly works on the subject, but I’d bet that racism is largely a learned attitude.

  • dave

    That’s vile.

    Whats less obviously vile, but in someways turns my stomach even more, is the social media explosion of images comparing Whitney’s death with the hundreds or thousands of unsung deaths of police and/or soldiers, depending on the viewpoint. While I can agree in many ways with the viewpoint that we pay far too much attention to celebrities lives and deaths, why now? Why Whitney? I mean, I don’t recall similar images in response to say Harry Morgan’s death, or Steve Jobs’.

    I hadn’t put my finger on it until reading this post, but its the same racism and misogyny as in these posts, just better hidden and wrapped in a flaky crust of patriotism to make it more palatable to those would would strenuously deny that they are racist or misogynist.

  • I’ll go ahead and reiterate a point in my own way.

    Stupidity, poor education, and racism can each exist independently of each other. Stupidity and poor education are, however, plausible contributing factors to racism. Racism also typically requires fallacious modes of thought which can make a person look stupid in general, even if that mode of thought is reserved for racial issues.

    In my estimation, intelligent and/or well educated racists are probably rare, but seem more likely to be high profile. Or at least racist communities wish for them to be high profile.

  • Tualha

    Perhaps we could safely say that there’s a high positive correlation between stupidity and racism, and between low education and racism. Of course then we have to find a way to measure each of those traits objectively, and gather an unbiased sample, and do a proper statistical analysis. Why do I suddenly hear Magnus Pyke shouting “Science!”?

  • cjtotalbro

    Being educated doesnt mean your are necessarily intelligent.

    “The one thing that the racist can never manage is anything like discrimination: he is indiscriminate by definition.” – Hitchens

  • Jordan Genso

    It’s not just the Fox News commenters who say those sorts of things:

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/fox-host-compares-rep-maxine-waters-to-whitney

    Now the above link is one of the hosts comparing Rep. Waters to Whitney Houston, but the statement is clearly used to tarnish both of them.

    The key part:

    “Congresswoman, you saw what happened to Whitney Houston,” Bolling said on Thursday morning’s edition of Fox & Friends. “Step away from the crack pipe.”

  • “Another nignog off the public social rolls”

    This was my favorite. Even when it comes to one of the most successful recording artists of all time, one who scored a $100 million contract about ten years back and has starred in two highly successful films, they still have to fall back on the stereotype of all black people being lazy welfare recipients.

  • “It’s not just the Fox News commenters who say those sorts of things:”

    From time to time, I read through the comments of Yahoo! News articles, and those that deal with a black person or some other issue of race will inevitably be filled with racist bile. So yeah, it’s not just Fox News. I don’t know where these people come from, but there’s a lot of them, and they’re not afraid to show their true colors behind a veil of anonymity.

  • Ace of Sevens

    My local news just preemptively disallows comments on any story that might turn racial these days.

  • tubi

    This is typical of the blk gene pool; it happens all the time. They cannot handle fame and fortune whether it’s derived from music, acting, sports or just plain entertainment. Too much fame and too much money at one time will ki ll ll you.

    Muhammed Ali. Sidney Poitier. Stevie Wonder. Quincy Jones. Hank Aaron. Aretha Franklin.

    I realize Whitney and Michael are just examples of confirmation bias to the rabble, but I wish weren’t so easy to prove these idiots are idiots.

  • Fox did the right thing by deleting the thread, but this isn’t about them. It’s about the mentality of so many of their fans.

    “Boss, all these racists keep popping up in the comments to our stories.”

    “Well, that’s unfortunate. Did you try the Atwater Dogwhistle?”

    “Yes. We keep blowing it and blowing it, but it’s had no effect. In fact, it looks like it just makes things worse!”

    “Well, then, there’s only one thing to do…we’ll have to get a bigger dogwhistle.”

  • I wouldn’t be surprised to learn taht many of those Fox commenters don’t think of themselves as bigots in their everyday life, which is possible because bigotry isn’t a binary attribute of character. People have both bad and good sides. In the ideal version of themselves, they may consciously reject bigotry as immoral, but in the real associations that occur in their thoughts, or in the comments they might make anonymously or to a safe face-to-face audience that won’t criticize them, a less admirable side can emerge. But this bigoted side is discounted as some sort of excusable exception, not REALLY who they are. So they can spew hate in a bigoted celebration of a tragic death, yet be deeply offended in real life if some “lib” picks up on the dark side of their views and suggests that they might harbor some racist attitudes.

    And I haven’t even mentioned the unconscious racial biases that affect perception and judgment, such as, for example, only thinking about race when it’s a black person who dies a drug-related death. As someone else mentioned, confirmation bias is at work.

  • Jim

    I haven’t been terribly proud of being an American for a long while. Right now, I am deeply disgusted.

  • Anri

    I was going to write “Stay Classy, Fox News!”

    …but then I realized that is Fox News-style Classy.

  • Rip Steakface

    Muhammed Ali. Sidney Poitier. Stevie Wonder. Quincy Jones. Hank Aaron. Aretha Franklin.

    Also, pretty much all black jazz musicians since the 50s or 60s.

  • @26

    Muhammed Ali. Sidney Poitier. Stevie Wonder. Quincy Jones. Hank Aaron. Aretha Franklin.

    Don’t forget Neil deGrasse Tyson, Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela and even Barack Obama.

    Oh and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as well.

    What’s the betting most of the Fox News squawkers will say they don’t count as they aren’t really black?

  • bybelknap

    OK, I’m a middle-aged, middle-class white guy who grew up with male, white privilege and spent most of my life sort of on cruise control. Relatively bright, relatively edumacated, and only slightly off kilter.

    That carries a lot of baggage – racism, sexism and class-ism are almost required attributes of someone like me. My old man was a racist. Just being a man pretty much anywhere makes you a supporter of the patriarchy, and not having to worry much about money – at least not until the company I worked for suddenly shut its doors 18 months ago – made looking down on poor people relatively easy and natural.

    But I understood a long time ago that there were plenty of things wrong with my life. I have had to actively fight against my own racist, sexist, and classist upbringing.

    Fortunately, I wasn’t saddled with a particular religion or I’d be pissing on Catholics for being whores of Babylon or something.

    No, I’m not complaining. I guess the point I’m trying to make is that despite the wonderful advantages I’ve had by simply being born male and white in a middle class family I’ve had to make a conscious effort to not be a racist, misogynistic douchenozzle – and despite those efforts am still a douchenozzle more often than I’d like. But I am making the effort. I read and listen more than I write or talk.

    The people posting to that thread don’t even try. They are happy, or content, or inert, or something that makes them able to be so vile about skin pigment and genitals – proudly, with malice aforethought. It is really disheartening – above and beyond all the political inanity and insanity Ed blogs about – to see the rawness of people’s blind hatred over skin color. Skin color for fuck’s sake!

    Jesus God shit in a basket people freak out over skin color!!!

  • Aquaria

    The people posting to that thread don’t even try. They are happy, or content, or inert, or something that makes them able to be so vile about skin pigment and genitals – proudly, with malice aforethought. It is really disheartening – above and beyond all the political inanity and insanity Ed blogs about – to see the rawness of people’s blind hatred over skin color. Skin color for fuck’s sake!

    It really is disheartening.

    Like you, I grew up with some privilege as a white person, and I have to fight to overcome some of the things I was indoctrinated with as a child of the Deep South. It’s gotten easier. But it will bubble up when I least expect it.

    Still, I’m stunned when I talk to people my age from my old stomping grounds in East Texas, and they inevitably spewing the most vile racist remarks. About blacks. Hispanics. Asians. Middle Easterners–everybody.

    These people and I grew up in the same peace and love MLK 60s. We came of age in the same freewheeling I’m OK, You’re OK 70s. But between then and now, they gave in to being racist. And a lot of them became a lot more conservative, while I never stopped being very liberal.

    My guess is that they got complacent. It’s easier to hate, and, especially in a dump like East Texas, where it gets reinforced in so many ways, from so many quarters.

    Worse, being in a place like that has the racism rubbing off on newcomers, or people who return there after living somewhere else for a long enough time that they’ve learned some tolerance. Moving there changes that, almost instantly. Since my mother has moved back to East Texas, she’s become increasingly racist. It’s scary. I have to tell her to listen to herself and the things she’s saying. And then I get the “You’re not living here with them.” As if there aren’t black people in San Antonio.

    Thing is, I know she knows better. A lot of why I strive not to be racist is because she taught me a lot about not judging people based on their skin color. It’s why I give her so much shit when she starts in on the racist garbage.

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  • @28

    And they’ve been doing it for years. Watched “Blazing Saddles” again recently. Watching it now it’s impossible not to think of Obama and the Teabaggers.

    Not being in the US I have to ask. How much of the antipathy is genuinely political in nature, simply because he is apparently less than an extreme right winger, and how much simply because he’s black?

    I ask as it seems America is comfortable with black politicians (Rice and Powell) provided they aren’t at the top of the tree.

    And I can certainly identify with what you’re saying about having to make a conscious effort not to be prejudiced and catching yourself doing it.

  • valhar2000

    How do the racists quoted above explain Amy Winehouse?

    The one-drop rule, most likely (wether it actually applies to her or not doesn’t matter, they’d just lie and claim it does anyway).

    They might also argue that since she does perform Country, her music is irreversibly contaminated by black culture, or something.

  • John Phillips, FCD

    I initially read the headline as ‘fox news commentators spew racism’ and before I did a double take and read it correctly, I thought, well at least they are being open about it for once. I know, I know, confirmation bias, however briefly, on my part this time, mea culpa.

  • dan4

    I don’t understand why Johnson included the second comment (“Any death is a tragedy…”) among all the rest of the swill. That one was perfectly reasonable and seemed to be a response to the first awful commentator.

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  • Well if you believe any of the above your a total idiot. For one thing Fox comments did not allow the work “niggar” to be used on their websight comments. If you tried using it your comment would not should up. Very childish in accurate story.

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