The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur made a mockery of right-wing hate-talker Rush Limbaugh this Tuesday after Limbaugh blew a gasket over the idea, horror of horrors, of a black man being chosen to play James Bond.
“If they think they’ll get good box office returns, and he’d make a great Bond and they’d make more money — hey, Rush, we’d call that capitalism, isn’t it?” Uygur said. “I know it bothers your racist ass — that’s probably why you won’t go see the movie. But the rest of us are not like you, and we might enjoy things ‘shaken, not stirred’ at Bond.”
Limbaugh brought up the issue on his radio show earlier in the day, arguing that Bond, the fictional British spy, “was white and Scottish, period.”
The Huffington Post reported during an interview with Elba last year that “James Bond” was a frequently-searched term in connection with the actor’s name online. Elba responded by saying, “If I was ever to get offered that role, that would be the will of a nation.”
But Limbaugh rejected the prospect, comparing putting Elba in the role to the idea of white people playing President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Uygur pointed out that there were complaints when Craig was cast in the role in 2005 because he has blond hair.
“The question is, why does it bother Rush so much?” Uygur asked, before alluding to conservative reactions to the idea that Santa Claus could be Black.
As Uygur pointed out, both are fictional characters no matter how they've generally been portrayed.