Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton distanced herself Tuesday from a racially charged comedy sketch she participated in with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over the weekend.
In the sketch at the city’s annual Inner Circle charity show, de Blasio said he took so long to endorse Clinton for president because he was running on “CP time”, an apparent reference to the stereotype of African-Americans being late for appointments. Clinton then interjected: “Cautious politician time. I’ve been there.”
“Well, look, it was Mayor de Blasio’s skit,” she told Cosmopolitan.com. “He has addressed it, and I will really defer to him because it is something that he’s already talked about.”
Many of the New York politicians, power brokers and reporters in the room laughed at the joke. But as word of the sketch spread via social media, the coverage became scornful. The Daily News blared “Skit for Brains” on its Tuesday front page. And New York magazine made reference to the mayor’s black spouse, asking, “Does your wife, Chirlane (McCray), know about this joke?”
De Blasio, whose two multiracial children identify as black, downplayed the controversy.
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