Walt Baker, the CEO of the powerful Tennessee Hospitality Association, sent out a "joke" email comparing First Lady Michelle Obama to Tarzan's Cheeta. Hilarious, huh?
It said, in part, "Quoting Larry the Cable Guy ... I don't care who you are, this is funny". He sent it to 12 prominent Nashvillians:
Baker says he meant no offense and sent it to what he considered to be "a select group of friends." "If anybody wants to make a political agenda out of it, they're wasting they're time [...] It's not a political statement," Baker continues. "It was done in the spirit of having some fun with some close friends. It was something that was forwarded to me, and I forwarded it to a couple of people that, quite honestly, I thought might find some humor in it like I did."
I mean no offense, Walt, but you're a racist putz.
Baker sent a one-word follow-up email to the original recipients yesterday afternoon. It read only, "Sorry." And today, the publicly funded CVB announced it's canceling its $50,000 marketing contract with Baker's company.
Oh, did I call you a racist putz?
No I'm not.
Here's funny guy Walt's original email:
Quoting Larry the Cable Guy...I don't care who you are, this is funny...
I was at the store yesterday, and I ran into Tarzan! I asked him how it was going and if he was into anymore movies.
He told me that he could no longer make any more movies as he had severe arthritis in both shoulders and could no longer swing from vine to tree.
I asked how Jane was doing, he told me she was in bad shape, in a nursing home, has Alzheimer's and no longer recognizes anyone, how sad. I asked about Boy, and he told me that Boy had gone to the big city, got hooked up with bad women, drugs, alcohol, and the only time he heard from him was if he was in trouble or needed something.
I asked about Cheeta, he beamed and said she was doing good, had married a Lawyer and now lived in the White House!!!
Here are the photos:
What a laugh riot, huh?
He finally sent out an apology:
"Thursday night I spontaneously forwarded -- to a small group of people -- an email that had been sent to me as political humor. As I forwarded it, I did not think or consider its implications, other than that it was political humor. I am saddened that anyone misinterpreted the sentiments behind the email. I deeply apologize to anyone who is offended by this action. I hope that those who know me realize that the message was not intended to be malicious or hurtful in any way and can find it in their hearts to forgive me."
You're not only a small-minded racist putz, you are also tone deaf and beneath contempt. Next time you write up an apology, you might try, you know, apologizing.
I am saddened if you misinterpret this as intentionally insulting, offensive, disrespectful or disdainful. But hey, that's your problem. I'm just being spontaneous.
Go Cheney yourself.