Just Look At This Asshole: Mayor Who Called Michelle Obama “Gorilla Face” Refuses To Resign
Meet Patrick Rushing! He is the mayor of Airway Heights, Washington, population 6,114. Now, normally, the mayor of such a tiny town would not be the subject of much national recognition — except that this mayor in particular said something pretty obnoxious about First Lady Michelle Obama, and now the City Council would like him to resign ASAP, please and thank you.
Rushing attracted attention this week when he commented on Facebook:
Gorilla face Michelle, can’t disagree with that. The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL.
He explained to the City Council that the comment was “just playful back and forth banter that my friends and I do.” Isn’t banter supposed to be witty though? Is there a word for banter that is in no way witty? Just saying, if I were Patrick Rushing I would not sit around waiting for an invitation to the Algonquin Roundtable after that one.
You know, it kills me to say something like this because I’m really not into the whole making fun of the way people look thing , BUT COME ON. Look at this guy! He’s going to make fun of anyone’s ears? Really? I mean, objectively, Rushing’s ears are bigger than Obamas. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! There isn’t! Yay, big ears!
It’s just weird to me that someone who has large ears himself would make fun of someone else for having big ears. It would be like me making fun of someone else for having bizarrely high arches on their feet, when I also have bizarrely high arches on my feet.
Anyway, Rushing has no designs on listening to the City Council, and says he is not going to resign. Pour quoi? Because — I shit you not — resigning would mean admitting he is a racist.
Seriously! He told the City Council, “I made a mistake. I owned up to my mistake. If I do resign that’s admitting I’m a racist and I’m not.”
First of all, I could give a crap if the weird racist mayor of some minuscule town I’ve never heard of resigns or not. Honestly, I have no dog in that hunt. The people on the City Council, however, do — and they’re not really all too happy about having a weird racist mayor who calls the first lady “Gorilla Face.” That is fair. It’s their town! They have every right to say “This man does not represent us” and ask him to step down.
The thing that kills me here though, is his reason for not resigning. It is, quite frankly, completely absurd.
Rushing may not feel as though he is prejudiced towards Black people, and that is likely what he is speaking to here. Personally, I would disagree with that, as I feel very confident that comparing Black people to gorillas and monkeys is just not a thing that people who are not prejudiced or racist have a tendency to do much of.
His statement, however, was fucking racist. It was a racist and offensive thing to say, and there is no way around that. His feelings, his hopes and dreams, or what’s in his heart–they have nothing to do with that. We’re not talking about his inner soul here, we’re talking about his actions.
That being said, if he really, truly had no idea that anyone would interpret calling Michelle Obama “Gorilla Face” as being racist or offensive in any way–he is probably too dumb to be the Mayor of anywhere. If he said it, publicly, on Facebook, without imagining there would be any consequences when he is the Mayor of an entire town (7.2 percent of whom are Black), then he is a very ignorant person who has been awash in a sea of white privilege for a little too long.
Racist or not, there is a certain amount of decorum one has a right to expect from their elected officials, both in public life and on social media. The crime of ending a comment like that with “LOL” alone should be enough to give one pause in regards to whether or not this man is in any way mature enough to run a town.