Loren Feldman Is Loren Feldman a racist? Well, I’m not ready to give out labels just yet — that’s not my motivation. Let’s get this straight: I’m not trying to brand him as anything. This rant is about those who think there shouldn’t have been any consequences for Loren and about those who think it’s stupid for me to get upset about what he said and did. I’ll be loosening up my writing style for this one.

Loren wasn’t making fun of black people.

Loren was making fun of bloggers.

Wrong. That’s just one video — what about "Black People Can’t Get It Together" and "Black People Are Lame"? Reverse racism? Don’t even get me started on that. Put the pieces of the puzzle together.

So yeah, he could have picked on anyone — but he didn’t — he picked on a race of people that have had a troublesome history with racism in North America. And everyone is aware of that history, at least to a superficial extent. Here is where the “political correctness” whining should fall apart. Chances are, you are not a minority and have no idea of what racism feels like. If you did; you realize there’s a difference between saying something mean, saying something controversial, and participating in bigotry. Not only is he mocking Black folks with a horrible stereotype — he uses a historically derogatory label — and please don’t counter back with the "Well Black people use the N-word all the time" argument. Please.

If he’s so creative, so intelligent, so awesome — why couldn’t he have found a less idiotic way to bring his point across? I’ll tell you why: there’s no talent in being offensive. There’s no talent in gaining fame at the expense of others. There’s no talent in pretending and saying that you’re all that and not backing it up. I’m sure he’s got a talent somewhere — but it isn’t in being awesome and it isn’t his breed of creativity — it’s just in being a fool. It’s easy to be an idiot and to get publicity by offending someone; he’s proven that more than once. Why are you standing up for him again?

Up until his gig got cancelled I’ll bet he loved all this attention — yeah I get why he did it. Easy fame — no such thing as bad publicity, right? Except karma came back to bite him.  Deep down, it upsets you Loren, probably as much as you upset me.

So why do some still defend this guy? I don’t know, I can’t say for sure. Yeah he has the right to say whatever he wants — but when you defend the actions of someone who’s being an idiot, what does that say about you?

Here are some quotes I’ve run into regarding the situation:

I hadn’t seen the Tech Nigga video until today, and I must say…it was pure genius. Truly I wish there were a series of them. It’s sad that everyone’s taking it so poorly

People should be JUMPING to defend Loren. They don’t agree with him today, they won’t agree with you tomorrow. Then what?

@1938media What’s every tech nigga got with you? They’re so cray about the hole thing.

These are the thanks you get when you try to bring edgy, new media content to companies like CNet and Verizon

I am so sick and tired of all the Political Correctness bs in this country. It makes me sick that Verizon would cave to a bunch of people with too much time on their hands and no jobs over a video from a year ago.

Oh and you gotta watch this: Can you appreciate the irony? (WARNING: Foul language)

  • n8k99

    oh shey, i love the video clip at the end, its a beautiful, genius piece of humor that i thought loren incapable of producing, too bad that was so obviously not his intention when he shot that rambling little monologue.

  • lol the video clip at the end was a slick move. I don’t understand how any can come to his defense and that freedom of speech move seems like pure bs to me.

  • “I’ll tell you why: there’s no talent in being offensive.”

    Two words: George Carlin.
    Two more: Howard Stern.
    Two more: Chris Rock.
    Two more: Bill Maher.

    You start applying social pressure to punish folks simply for being offensive, and you’ll end up with a bland and sparse culture.

  • I don’t buy that. I know a lot of people who are gut-wrenchingly funny and not the least bit offensive or racist.

    I’d think it would be respectable to aspire to make a career out of something positive.

  • Thanks Corvida. Agreed.

  • He’s lucky I wasn’t on video and as upset as he was. It wouldn’t have been pretty 😛

  • The logic here seems to be — keep Feldman off V-CAST, and you’re preemptively censoring the next Carlin? Seems like a bit of a stretch to me.

  • Everything you just said here in that comment is true. It doesn’t prove anything I just said wrong.

    Just because you don’t get the larger point doesn’t make Loren a racist. It means he didn’t do a good job making his point. It also doesn’t mean he’s talentless, either. Many people find him funny for things other than just this one video (in fact, most people find him funny for things other than that one video).

  • Kawasaki has told me the story of how he learned how to sell in the diamond business in L.A. and he says it with the greatest of respect. He also sprinkles Yiddish through his conversation, and he gets it right. He’s does a pretty good impersonation of a Jew, for a goy.

  • It’s not, if you actually read up on the facts of the case. That’s why it’s looking like a stretch to you, most likely.

    Everyone is responding off emotion with this one. I’ve hashed out the facts a million places as this conversation has migrated across the blogosphere, so I won’t do it again here.

    Bottom line is that, yeah, you’re paraphrasing what I said a bit, but is essentially right.

  • I stated clearly that:

    a) I wasn’t calling him a racist
    b) I never said he had NO talent (just that his crappy work didn’t involve using talent)

  • The difference is, those guys are actually funny.

    Everyone keeps complaining about how this moron is being censored. He’s not being censored. He can go peddle his crap anywhere he wants. Verizon just wanted no parts of the guy. You can’t blame them. It’s strictly business.

    This is one company, with one service, who decides they don’t want to carry the guy being called racist by a lot of folks.

  • You also clearly contradicted those statements elsewhere in the post. I apologize for my confusion.

  • It didn’t sound like Kawasaki was trying to mock or slander Jews, to me. Thanks for verifying this Dave.

  • Sorry if that`s how it came across — wasn`t my intention.

  • any talk about race from anyone is racism

  • swhitley

    Mark, I don’t see how there can be any “facts” beyond the video itself. It’s clearly in poor taste. The idea that it was meant to highlight an issue with the lack of black tech bloggers is ludicrous. Don’t defend it. Loren does some funny stuff. This crossed the line. There’s no excuse and no defense for it. I think the biggest mistake here is that he never sincerely apologized. If you don’t own your mistake then no one can forgive you.

  • Personally, I couldn’t watch the video all the way through. In my lifetime I have found that anyone that needs to drop that many “F” bombs to get their thoughts across….doesn’t have a thought worth projecting.

    “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

    Stay true to yourself!

  • Great quote. Thanks for commenting

  • The whole thing was embarrassing (and sickening) to watch. If he truly has that perception of the black community, then I feel sorry for his ignorance. He must live a miserable life being so detached from reality.

    I’m also glad he was exposed for who he really is and Corvida took the stand she did, opening eyes and ears. The biggest shock to me through all this has been the fact that only recently was there a big ruckus about this guy and puppets. Puppets. THIS was out there, but people focused on puppets. Crazy.

  • Vince, oh I know.

    I only found out about these videos a few weeks ago. It’s shocking that the recognition has come this late but it’s better late than never.

  • I don’t think Kawasaki’s intent was to slander, but i thought his comment was stupid. Sure if he’s at a dinner party telling a story that’s one thing, but context is everything and when one is a public figure, rightly or wrongly, you have to be more cautious about what and how you say something.

  • It’s definitely a fine line. While I believe most folks have good intentions, sometimes they fail to consider how things come across to other people — they end up setting themselves up.

  • I’m happy for this to come to light (a year later!) because I’m discovering more black voices on the net. And if you think that’s ‘racist’ of me, you don’t understand the role power has in any culture.

    The other day on Plurk Scoble wondered why there seemed to be more women on Plurk than Twitter. What ensued were endless sexist jokes that offended and disgusted me. Maybe you white guys out there can imagine what that feels like, being reduced to someone who makes tech decisions based on colors or something inane like that.

    There are things that I say to my friends of all races and they say to me that would make any stranger’s skin crawl, but not one of us would say them ‘out loud.’ Perhaps Loren thought he was pushing the envelope, I don’t know. Joking with friends at home is fine, but there are some struggles that just aren’t over, and no public jokes about them are acceptable.

  • Yeah, without a link, I can’t really evaluate the “facts,” other than this: Feldman had a deal with Verizon; some stuff surfaced and caused a ruckus; Verizon pulled out. You seem to be saying that allowing this to happen means that we’ll never have edgy comedy again. I don’t buy it.

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  • Real nice video move. Well, freedom of speech has its limit to certain extent too. Picking on a race of people isn't freedom of speech, that is troublemaking.

  • If he’s so creative, so intelligent, so awesome — why couldn’t he have found a less idiotic way to bring his point across? I’ll tell you why: there’s no talent in being offensive. There’s no talent in gaining fame at the expense of others. cara menambah tinggi badan

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  • So why do some still defend this guy? I don’t know, I can’t say for sure. Yeah he has the right to say whatever he wants — but when you defend the actions of someone who’s being an idiot, what does that say about you?
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