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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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61.

Truth    

Idiot Republicans need to understand "freedom of speech" does not mean you can say anything you please and no one will call you on it. It means the government will not censor. And the government hasn't censored -- it's citizens who are expressing disgust and contempt for racist Republican attitudes. Get over youselves.

2037 days ago
62.

Katt    

Get a life folks. You can't make jokes at all anymore or spoof anyone....america has lost it's sense of humor and it's just as well George Carlin isn't here to see it. Lord forbid you offend anyone!!!!

Also....why is it this song is "insulting" to the president but throwing shoes at our President is not???
Hypocrits!!

2037 days ago
63.

NJ    

conservative racist you obviously have a better look at things than most of these idiots in here. kudos to u

2037 days ago
64.

R.I.P Nuggets    

Obama is not bothered by this and neither should anyone else. He is a man who uses his mind not his emotions which is a good thing. Let it go there are too many other important things to worry about at the present time. The economy, iraq, the impending war again between Israel and the Palestinians.

2037 days ago
65.

Truth    

"Also....why is it this song is "insulting" to the president but throwing shoes at our President is not??"

Throwing shoes was definitely an insult, and an insult to a man who deserved it based on his actions and words. Different than racism. MY GOD, Republicans are teh stupid.

2037 days ago
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monique    

Lenn K, you are absolutely right! We can't complain about this, but overlook the disgusting music that demeans our own people. Same thing goes for black on black crime. It is out of control in Memphis, Chicago, Detroit, etc. We say little about that, but have a fit when a white person commits a crime. It is time to look within and do better.

2037 days ago
67.

NJ    

I agree with ya conservative racist. It is what it is. Its time to be honest with our selves. If the blackman makes a smart decision to lead by example and work for the good of all of us then Im all for it. If we are not part of the solution then we are truly part of the problem and this country is headed up a one way street so to speak.

2037 days ago
68.

Donna    

He adds the song "insults the office of the Presidency" and takes a kids' song and twists it into a "vulgar, mean-spirited ... slur."

Since when is it not OK to "insult the office of the presidency?" George W Bush and the office of the presidency have been regularly insulted on this site and many others by LIBERALS for 8 years now. IT'S WHAT THEY DO. I have a feeling we'll develop a new set of "do's and don't's with the O PRESIDENCY. That's what's really sad. If LIBERALS did their homework, they would know that the phrase MAGIC NEGRO was first printed by the LA TIMES by a black columnist. IDIOCY once again on display.

2037 days ago
69.

TMZ FAN    

Can't we all just get along? ... It is so sad that someone thinks Puff's Daddy is funny... Shame on the GOP...

2037 days ago
70.

R.I.P Nuggets    

There is an organization in Tennesee, in Chips Saltsman home state called, ANTI-SEMITES FOR OBAMA. I wonder how ole Chip feels about this. I think I'll join and send ole Chip an email about it. I don't like it when Christ killers try to divide Christians for their own benefit.

2037 days ago
71.

TMZ FAN    

Same on the GOP

2037 days ago
72.

law girl    

#2 comment - I totally agree with you!!!!!!!!!!!

2037 days ago
73.

This is my Boom Stick    

2. Anything remotely funny that is directed towards Obama will be deemed as vulger and racist. If the song was about Bush, that would be all ok and people would find it funny.

I'm tired of this double standard bs.

How about grow a pair and man up and quit infringing on the people's right to free speech and the right to their own opinion. Not everyone is happy about Obama going into office.


Posted at 8:32AM on Dec 29th 2008 by Yea, I said it!
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I would love to know what you and the people who like you, don't think this is inappropriate would qualify as racist slander, What, would he need to be lynched for it to qualify?

2037 days ago
74.

monique    

This is way off topic, but does anyone think Levi is going to make Bristol an honest woman anytime soon?

2037 days ago
75.

R.I.P Nuggets    

I agree, President-Elect isn't bothered by this he simply shrugged his shoulders and smile when he was informed. Please stop trying to blow this out of proportion, our good President doesn't care so drop it. Times like this when I really hate the media.

2037 days ago
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