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Blackface, lame humor marked private fundraiser emceed by Tom Hanks

The Daily Caller revealed a video featuring Tom Hanks emceeing a fundraiser at a private school, alongside a white man done up in blackface.
The Daily Caller revealed a video featuring Tom Hanks emceeing a fundraiser at a private school, alongside a white man done up in blackface.
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Celebrities and politicians often opt for private schools rather than public schools. Tom Hanks, according to The Daily Caller, selected a private Episcopal school for his children. In 2004 Hanks emceed a fundraiser for the school, and from the moment he came to the microphone, things went politically downhill.

Hanks took the stage alongside a white man done up in blackface. What’s worse, that man was holding a stuffed baby gorilla with a pink bow attached to her head.

Hanks did attempt to deflect the political fallout he may have feared—he made sarcastic remarks about the school’s diversity and in a rather bizarre manner, made comments about Fox pundit Bill O’Reilly. That pundit, by the way, had nothing to do with the matter at hand.

If you watch the video of Hanks and the man in blackface, it's obvious the crowd didn’t appear to appreciate the controversial humor, because the overall audience response was fairly quiet.

Hanks does mention the conservative nature of the school, but that impression is at odds with the opinion of most Protestants who view the Episcopal faith as one of the most liberal. Hanks’ painting the school with that label also raises the question of why a known Leftist would send his children to a conservative institution.

The school, located in Pacific Palisades, Calif., requires tuition most earners in mid to lower quintiles would not be able to afford. Preschool starts at $13,400 a year; 8th grade starts at $27,000 a year. There is a one-time new student fee of $1,500 in addition to the tuition. A financial aid program is available for families in certain circumstances.

Niger Innis, spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality, said the fundraiser video constituted “an orchestrated, heinous, and racist ‘Stepin Fetchit’ routine that Mr. Hanks was a part of.”

CORE dates to the earliest civil rights movements and is considered a more conservative organization than some.

Hanks recently narrated a campaign film for President Barack Obama.

Hanks has expressed support for gay rights and environmental issues, and he’s rumored to have a ‘working relationship’ with one alt-energy company. Hanks has not publicly specified his financial interests other than to tout electric cars he personally purchased. The award-winning actor has largely refrained from the obsession with racism that many of his fellow performers appear to have.

It's understandable why Democrats would have that obsession, considering a large portion of the Party's history included racism.

For instance, Robert De Niro recently told a crowd at a fundraiser with a minimum donation of $5,000 per person that it was “too soon” to have a white First Lady in the White House.

The entertainment sector largely supports Democrats and Leftist policy. One reason may be the lucrative tax subsidies film companies receive from states selected as locations, a subject explored in depth by Jason Mattera in his new book Hollywood Hypocrites.

The Daily Caller is rapidly emerging as a pivotal media outlet in investigative reportage. TDC broke the story of Media Matters’ ties to leading Democrats, including Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid. Media Matters currently enjoys 501(c)(3) non-profit status.

[Follow Kay B. Day on Twitter: @TheUSReport]

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