This morning’s guest on the Kevin and Bean show on KROQ was Daniel Tosh, the comedian who has the show “Tosh 2.0” on Comedy Central. I’ve never watched the show, but hear it’s funny. He seemed funny on the radio this morning until he mentioned that he was going to Boston for a stand-up gig and described it as “the place in the country that is the most racist and also has the worst accent.”
Immediately, I was annoyed. Hearing someone disparage your hometown–especially when your hometown is a place that becomes a part of you, like Boston–well, it’s like hearing someone make fun of your sister. Even if you just finished making fun of your sister, it’s not cool for them to do it too. And granted, I even get what he’s saying about the accent . Being a stranger in a strange land, I’ve tried very hard (hahd?) to lose mine and have even eradicated the word “wicked” from my vocabulary as used as a substitute for “very.” But I still take offense.
The racist thing just pisses me off. Where did this come from? Why do people still say it? It’s just not true, and it’s a terrible thing to say. Daniel Tosh should read the article I just read on MSBNC.com (see below) and get back to me on the “most racist place in the country” thing.