December 1, 2014 7:30 pm -

On Nov. 19, Jacqueline Woodson won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming. In what has become a universally-overlooked acceptance speech, Woodson thanked her colleagues and family, and thanked the audience for the only thing that mattered to her at that moment:


“Thank you for your love of books.”

[su_center_ad]But seconds later, National Book Awards emcee and Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler, who can be seen gleefully hugging Woodson as she approaches the stage to accept her award, turned that triumphant spotlight into a death ray with a particularly awful attempt at humor…READ MORE[su_csky_ad]

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

7 responses to Daniel Handler Learns a Valuable Lesson About Making Racist Watermelon Jokes

  1. tracey marie December 1st, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    It is a start. Obviously he is not racist, just unaware of what he said and how it would be perceived.

    • burqa December 1st, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      I don’t know if he’s racist or not. It was certainly stupid to say and he should’ve known not to go there. Maybe he had been drinking.
      Racists, like all bigots, have a history of this kind of remark. They just can’t keep it in, it becomes a sort of obsession and they’ll trot out different variations on a theme, trying to see what will fly.
      I would need more evidence before concluding he was a racist. Same with anyone else making a bigoted remark.

    • rg9rts December 2nd, 2014 at 6:40 am

      pitti pad pitti pad …….TAG

      • tracey marie December 2nd, 2014 at 6:47 am

        damn kat!

        • rg9rts December 2nd, 2014 at 7:05 am

          That is just the beginning….lol

  2. M D Reese December 2nd, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Personally, I never thought that racial, sexual/sexist, class or ethnic jokes were funny at all. It’s different when you’re the butt of a lot of them.

  3. Mike g December 4th, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Hmmm……It will be slow news day until WWIII breaks out.