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"Puff's" Daddy -- "Magic Negro" Shocking

12/29/2008 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

One of the hippie trippers who created "Puff the Magic Dragon" is not so mellow with "Barack the Magic Negro," the Barack Obama-related spoof of his song.

In a distinctly un-free-loving screed on Huffington Post, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary says "Magic Negro" is "not only offensive, it is shocking and saddening in the extreme." He adds the song "insults the office of the Presidency" and takes a kids' song and twists it into a "vulgar, mean-spirited ... slur."

Chip Saltzman, a GOP bigshot who's being considered for the top post at the Republican National Committee, sent out the song to committee members.

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Jump Steady    

Well, now we're even, Peter Yarrow. I found the fact that you molested a 14-year old child back in 1970 "offensive, shocking and saddening in the extreme."

2022 days ago
17.

abraham    

Gee Mister Peter Yarrow I wonder if you were offended and considered the words "Magic Negro" vulgar and mean spirited when they were first uttered by REV AL SHARPTON way before the GOP started using the phase. Selective liberal rage rears its ugly head again

2022 days ago
18.

Another pointless story....    

Just because I am republican does not make me backwoods, inbred, racist, etc. The thought of someone disagreeing with your ideas really does piss you off doesn't it? I could have sworn I am entitled to my opinion just as much as anybody else. Free speech for thee, but not for me.

2022 days ago
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monique    

Why? Barack Obama is an intelligent, capable leader. Unlike the drunken fool who has been running this country into the ground for the past 8 years and obviously doesn't have a clue. No one respects him. I can't wait until January 20.

2022 days ago
20.

She is hot    

Anybody that goes by the tmz name "yo mama" is hilarious and in case you didnt know back when Barack was in school he wanted to go by the name Barry-------He uses his white side to his advantage as well as his black side, perfect politician he can appeal to all and do nothing like every other politician. He is a fraud and won this election by telling people nonsense of "hope" and "change",,,,,,any of you morons that voted for him ask how? or what kind of "hope" and "change"? No you all didnt and we will see what happens because he was not properly vetted period

2022 days ago
21.

heather    

much worse has been said about bush, relentlessly, and for many years.

if liberals ever put a stop to their seemingly endless hypocrisy, i might be inclined to take them seriously.

2022 days ago
22.

Fred    

I see both sides of the point. If it's OK for Chris Rock to say:
"Barack has a black name. He has a name like someone from the funk group The Commodores. I'm not talking about Lionel Ritchie. I'm talking about the greasy brother in the back playing the bass"

Then it's okay for other comedians to joke on him. HOWEVER, Chris Rock, Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, et al, are paid entertainers. What I disagree with is the fact that someone in a highly responsible position sent something like this to his peers. What's next; send all his peers a porn tape for Valentine's day? It was inappropriate and wrong.

Can people take shots at Obama? Absolutely. And with those ears and little head, I can see the monkey or mouse cartoons coming a mile away. However, I'll have thick skin because I've seen a TON of cartoons depicting Bush as a monkey, so what's fair is fair, no matter how crude.

Song - no problem with
Top RNC staffer distributing it: HUGE problem with

2022 days ago
23.

abraham    

By the way what do you expect from a child molesting moron that turned pot smoking into a childrens song

2022 days ago
24.

Tangie    

This "yo momma" person is a typical idiot that calls a person backwoods when they have not the intelligence to say something other than a tired old cliche.

2022 days ago
25.

bitch please    

Guess what Obama haters..... your opinion doesn't mean squat!! He's been elected. YES WE DID.

Cram your racist neo-con "values" up your asses. You are a dying breed. Thank God.

2022 days ago
26.

rjinchi    

This song tell exactly what the GOP's true "colors" are. No more hiding how they really feel now - the party of the while hooded sheets is done.

2022 days ago
27.

monique    

Limbaugh is nothing more than an overpaid, drug addicted hog who spews hate for a living.

2022 days ago
28.

Tangie    

#27 STFU...You should be ashamed of who you are. Your parents raised a buffoon.

2022 days ago
29.

Bobby D.    

That song has been played on Rush Limbaugh's show for more than a year. I believe it is by Paul Shanklin. It is childish and hurtful for no good reason but to promote racism. Its not funny. That dufus from the RNC really showed what a moron he is. Barack is not the enemy. I didn't vote for him and I do live in the south but I hope he does well for all of us and the world.

2022 days ago
30.

NJ    

and by the way you sound kinda of cute...i love a thug in da club...he he he.....

2022 days ago
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