Is The Carmelo Anthony “Knicker Please” Meme Offensive?
In the wake of his atrocious shooting performance in Knicks’ Game 4 loss to the Celtics thus ending their hopes for a sweep, this meme featuring Carmelo Anthony with the text featuring the following:
“pass the ball? Knicker please!”
Anytime the N-word comes into play, whether directly, indirectly, cleverly or not, it always has the potential to cross the line into being offensive. So it begs the question, is this meme funny or offensive?
I follow the school of thought that if something is funny, then it can’t be racist — a model that made the likes of Eddie Murphy, The Wayans Family (Keenan Ivory and Damon(s) in particular) and Dave Chappelle all “rich bitch!!!,” to borrow Chappelle’s legendary proclamation at the end of every show (which he borrow from Too $hort).
I thought that both the segment and shirt were hilarious/legendary enough to write an article on, and as such, never considered them to cross the line into the offensive realm.