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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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Now, !! Where were all you whiney bitches everytime a rapper or some other turd made a song about President Bush.
You people are amazingly ridiculous. The only reason anybody is saying anything is because Hussien Obama is BLACK.
Officialy is not even President yet so dont spin it that way.

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4. I think it's hilarious. People need to lighten up. I swear black people are destroying this world with their crying racism every minute!

Posted at 8:36AM on Dec 29th 2008 by get over it

No "get over i" It's idiots like you who think that a man who wants to be the future President is funny when he is purely racist..
Black people ruining the World, YOU sound like a real red neck and it's sad most whites like you can not see the difference in people of different races.. Not all whites are a like so why should all Blacks be... Some do cry racism at every point but I guarantee it's not most.... For 2009 and beyond Let's judge people one on one by their own actions... Not a race..

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No ill will intended Ron.........

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Just one thing to say to "realblkwoman"; When you learn to spell correctly your opinion may but considered by others. Until then spare us your ignorance. You ashame your race! As white trash ashames mine!

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#81 - We're not going back to Africa because we're Americans and love this country just as you do. Besides, our people helped build it with their free labor, including the magnificient White House that President-elect Obama and his beautiful family will soon occupy.

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Wayne Newtn    

Hey AlabamaConfederate,

Why don't you replace your moonshine with some orange juice, wheat toast, eggs sunny side up, and some grape fruit?


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Where was the outrage when the LA times called him "the Magic Negro" long before Limbaugh?

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The level of political correctness in our society today is hilarious. We as a people need to constantly push the boundries of free speech. Why are we so shocked when someone actually uses it? Just as failure is the mother of invention; Free speech is the mother of debate. Lets just thank God we live in a country where we ALL are entitled to an opinion. My opinion? Appropiate? Hell no.....Funny? Hell yea.(Let's all learn to make a little more fun of each other; including ourselves. We'd laugh more and live longer) "Im not racist...I hate everyone a tad"

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I am curious what this world would have to complain about if everyone was not trying to be politically correct everyone who says this song is offensive because he used the word Negro should really get a grip. And no I am not saying that because I am racist I just can't stand double standards people have used our current presidents last name in worse content and that was OK. What we as americans should find offensive is the fact that the President elect has yet to produce a Birth Certificate and can get away with that and the fact his extended family will be living in the white house on us. and there is no past info on him regarding College or anything he is like a phantom and we as americans are concerned about some jerk who wrote a song give me a break

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42. Well said, GMAN. Blacks only voted for him cuz he is black. And there are so man blacks now, cuz the woman have 18 kids by 17 men and the men go from woman to woman impregnating them and then leaving. And whites voted for him cuz they think they are cool. He is not qualified. He hangs with terrorists, does drugs and is Muslim.

Posted at 10:17AM on Dec 29th 2008 by Oy vey!

Yet another inbred hillbilly speaks! Damn it, if blacks didn't vote for him then what would you say? Truth be told, the abortion clinics get "blonde stampedes", shh, nobody is supposed to know that part. Nor are they supposed to know how many inbred little white kids is out there, that's why we keep them in backwoods country in the sticks. Cuz the white women love them some black men and having all these bi-racial babies, populating this country. Why is it that white women are running to black, latino & asian men? Well, we know why we run to black men.......we get FULL!!!!!!! Is the white man losing the appeal? Are they a dying breed!!!!

My question is are you mad that he's black, white, both or not enough of either or????????????????????????????????

Don't you have a date with the dentist to get that tooth cleaned, you know the one Uncle Jeb tried to know out after he found you doing the humpty hump with his wife and your baby sister? Dude, get a clue....that's C L U E. Are we speaking too fast for you???? Oh, by the way, a pillow case won't substitute for a white sheet, you just don't get it do you????

Backwoods country ass hillerbilly!!!

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Consider it done young lady.......bon appetite!!!

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This is my Boom Stick    

78. I have a question. If this has been floating around since March, why is the press just getting ahold of it now? I think corrupt politicians are trying to divide this country to distract us from paying attention to what they are doing. If you read the posts, not just on this site but on most websites, Jewish people are being pitted against Christians, blacks against whites, Republicans against Democrats, hispanics against blacks, etc. Powerful people are leaking select stories to the press with the intent of plying one racial, religious or political group against another for a specific purpose. I am starting to question anything I read on the internet, read in the paper or watch on TV. Not because I don't believe it happened, but because I want to know where the story came from, who is presenting it and why. Although I think the lyrics to this song are in poor taste and disturbing, I am left wondering who would be stupid enough to let the entire world know he had done this by letting the song get leaked out. He knew it would create an outrage. The question is why did he do it? Either he doesn't care what people think of him (unlikely for a politician) or he wanted it to have an effect. Just my opinion. Fire when ready.

Posted at 12:17PM on Dec 29th 2008 by Foghorn Leghorn

Dude! I think you are ABSOLUTELY right! 100% The public is being played by the powers that be. Why would anyone (least of all a Politician) allow himself be tied to a scandel such as this. Isn't that political suicide?

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This is my Boom Stick    

Hey! I have a question???

What happened to all of the negative comments that were posted about Jews??

Did someone find them racially offensive???? EEK!! I guess even Harvey is a big ol' sensitive nancy boy too!

The reason why this story was posted on TMZ was to get everyone in a tizzy and to get us all to spew hate at each other whilst visiting TMZ. The media feeds on our deepseated hatred for each other.


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We Planned the barrack compaign to teach a certain group of
individuals that the tide is most definitely turning in favor of the
more logical and compassionate society. And oh by the way this was in
no means a over night plan, oh no way jose! he he he

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Do your homework folks before spouting off and that goes for TMZ. Barack the Magic Negro was written by a BLACK LIBERAL that is GAY and doesn't like Obama!
Obama 'Magic Negro' Parody Started at LA Times

Monday, December 29, 2008 10:09 AM

By: Phil Brennan Article Font Size

Liberal outrage over a ditty that parodied Barack Obama's identity as a black American ignores the fact that it all began with a Los Angeles Times column by a black liberal columnist who questioned Obama's status as an authentic African American.

Liberals were not alone in expressing anger. The chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) Robert M. Duncan, obviously unaware of the parody’s origin, jumped the gun saying he was “shocked and appalled” at the judgment of one of his potential successors, according to the Associated Press.

Duncan castigated former Tennessee GOP leader Chip Saltsman for sending RNC committee members a Christmas CD featuring a 2007 song called “Barack the Magic Negro.” But it was David Ehrenstein, the black liberal writer and no friend of Obama's, who first wrote of Obama as a "Magic Negro" in a March 2007 Times column where he argued that white liberals were portraying Obama as a stereotype.

He likened Obama to “warm and unthreatening” black figures such as the actors Sidney Poitier and Morgan Freeman. Ehrenstein insisted that Obama's role as a candidate was "to assuage white 'guilt' over the role of slavery and racial segregation in American history".

"As everyone knows, whites feel no guilt about America's racist history whatsoever," Ehrenstein wrote according to the Washington Post. "All they care about is the appearance of politesse — the slimy veneer of 'good manners.'"

"Obama's fame,' wrote Ehrenstein, is about "... his manner, which, as presidential hopeful Sen. Joe Biden ham-fistedly reminded us, is "articulate." His tone is always genial, his voice warm and unthreatening, and he hasn't called his opponents names (despite being baited by the media).

"Like a comic-book superhero, Obama is there to help, out of the sheer goodness of a heart we need not know or understand. For as with all Magic Negroes, the less real he seems, the more desirable he becomes. If he were real, white America couldn't project all its fantasies of curative black benevolence on him."

The song, "Barack the Magic Negro," sung by satirist Paul Shanklin who wrote the parody, was a direct result of Ehrenstein's column. That's where the "Magic Negro" term originated

It was played on the Rush Limbaugh show last year. According to The Telegraph UK, Shanklin plays the Reverend Al Sharpton who he has complaining, "Barack the Magic Negro ... is not authentic like me ... and a guy from the LA paper said he made guilty whites feel good, they'll vote for him but not for me because he's not from the 'hood."

"See, real black men, like Snoop Dogg, or me, or Farrakhan, have talked the talk, and walked the walk, not come in late and won."

The ditty was one of 41 songs written by Shanklin and played on a CD titled "We Hate the USA' that Chip Saltsman, Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign manager, sent to RNC members. Saltzman is a candidate for the post of Republican National Committee Chairman.

In his defense, Saltsman, described the parody as one of several "lighthearted political parodies" that have been featured on talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh's show.

Ehrenstein, a homosexual, is presently angry with Obama. According to the Washington Post in October 2007, Ehrenstein "attacked Obama for his handling of gay rights issues," and had even harsher words for his selection of Rick Warren to lead his inauguration prayer.

"At the end of his blog post, Ehrenstein even says about Obama "as he's made clear through Warrengate, he's certainly not MY President."

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