So this was caught today:
Glenn Beck rolled a clip of the President speaking, runs up to the screen to point at the AFL-CIO letters behind Obama, spits out some remark about “special interests,” then says in his typical emo-drama-queen way,
“What planet have I landed on? Did I slip through a worm-hole in the middle of the night and this LOOKS like America?! It’s like the damn Planet of the Apes!”
Nope. No racism there. Beck didn’t mean anything by the reference to “apes.” Don’t be oversensitive. How could Glenn Beck know that you can find “Planet of the Apes: A four year Obama survival guide” on the white supremacist site Stormfront.org? Or countless Google images and blog posts comparing Michelle Obama to the character “Dr. Zira”? Or the fact that, frankly, you can’t swing a cat on the Internet without coming across some comparison of Obama’s political rise to the apes’ ascendance in, yes, “Planet of the Apes” (but some of them are careful to state upfront that race has nothing to do with the comparison!)
And of course Beck never read “Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America,” where historian Rick Perlstein places “Planet of the Apes” in the panorama of racial paranoia and fear that defined early 1968. In the wake of bloody Newark riots, armed white vigilantes patrolled the streets, while across the country, 5,000 Black Panthers celebrated the birthday of Huey Newton, in jail for killing an Oakland cop, where H. Rap Brown saluted Newton “as the only living revolutionary,” and asked, “How many white folks did you kill today?” One book advised families on how to defend themselves “as the crime rate continues to soar in the Great Society jungle.” And, Perlstein added, “A new movie, ‘Planet of the Apes,’ imagined what life would be like if whites found themselves a subject population.”
Beck couldn’t know about that!
Read it all…
Beck’s a shock-jock with a cable news show. He belongs on AM radio during some part of the day when people are doing other things besides listening to radio. But Fox News welcomed this goofball aboard. How is it possible to ‘up the ante’ every night on what he said the previous night? He’s already suggested Obama is like Hitler, Stalin, Lenin — and Satan. Now what? Apparently, embracing ideas from Stormfront (see above) and white supremacists and the John Birch Society are the next tricks he’ll be pulling out of his ass.
But you have to wonder: would Beck be afraid to meet any of his true fans face-to-face? Or would he be terrified?