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Stereotypes about African-Americans: True or False

1) All black people say “M-Fer.” True or False?

From the Huffington Post:

During the September 19 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, discussing his recent trip to have dinner with Rev. Al Sharpton at Sylvia’s, a famous restaurant in Harlem, Bill O’Reilly reported that he “had a great time, and all the people up there are tremendously respectful,” adding: “I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks, primarily black patronship.” Later, during a discussion with National Public Radio senior correspondent and Fox News contributor Juan Williams about the effect of rap on culture, O’Reilly asserted: “There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea.’ You know, I mean, everybody was — it was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun. And there wasn’t any kind of craziness at all.”

Answer: False. All Black People do NOT say “M-Fer.”

2) All black men are either athletes or rappers. True or False?

Season One, Dancing with the Stars: Evander Holyfield

Season Two, Dancing with the Stars: Jerry Rice and Master P

Season Three, Dancing with the Stars: Emmitt Smith

Season Four, Dancing with the Stars: Clyde Drexler

Season Five, Dancing with the Stars: Floyd Mayweather

Answer: True. If all I did was watch “Dancing with the Stars,” all black men are either athletes or rappers. Aren’t there any black actors in Hollywood to invite to be on the show? It’s getting to be a cliche.


  1. Dagny

    On that last one, you obviously have not met my dad. Yes, he does extremely well with swing and cha-cha but do not ask him to do more than that in dancing. PLEASE!!! And sports? Well, I completely suck in team sports. I do OK in running and tennis. And dancing? Well, my mother thought the world was fine the day I announced at age four or so that I could snap my fingers. (She had reason to be worried as outside of music, most of my father’s family is severely rhythmically challenged.) But I’m not. And I’m signing up those of your with two left feet for lessons. After I teach my neighbor’s two year old how to not travel with the basketball.

    Oh yeah. Before I forget it. Kiss my butt, MF.

  2. NSC

    I served with a black guy who was 6’5″ and he was always asked to join the intramural basketball league. He always told them he was just too busy, but once over a beer he admitted to me he couldn’t play b-ball for crap.

    So another stereotype goes bust. Two really – all black guys are not good at basketball and neither are all tall guys.

    I do recall him saying the occasional “M-Fer” though.

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  4. bookfraud

    let’s not forget to add criminals and train porters to that list. also, jazz musicians, tap dancers, and short-order cooks.

  5. melanie

    i can’t watch dancing with the stars. it disturbs me for days. my therapist is against it too.

    i hate the MF word… so anyone that says it is out, in my book. 😉

  6. Lisa

    I think if you post about race, whether in jest or in honest observation, that people will call you racist (I know from experience). This post is hilare anyhow!

  7. NSC

    The fact that anyone could read this post and think it is remotely racist says way more about them than about you. And what it says isn’t good.

    As Jerry Seinfeld said -“Look to the cookie, Elaine, look to the cookie.”

  8. butterfly

    No matter what the topic, Bill can’t seem to keep turds from falling out of that stupid hole in his face…he should really get some duct tape and take care of that leakage.

    I don’t know about the Dancin’ with the Stars thing, but if Denzel, Sam, Morgan, Lawrence, Jamie, etc. ever join up, I’d seriously think the world was coming to an end… 😉

  9. whit

    Your post is funny, but all I can think about is what an idiot O’Reilly is. Is that normal?

  10. buzzgirl

    Oh, for cripes’ sake. Someone really thought this post was racist? This person can not have been black. We tend to recognize true racism when we see it.

  11. Nance

    I had no idea what “M-Fer” meant for the entire length of the post. Now, had you just used “MF”, I’d have known immediately. Is “M-Fer” some sort of Jewish code for that epithet?

  12. Neil

    I never heard of M-fer either. I just copied what was in the Huffington Post.

    OK, this post officially sucks. I guess we can’t be brilliant every day!

  13. sassy

    That Bill O’Reilly is a such a M-Fing cad.

  14. Ellen Bloom

    I was thinking just that, last night while watching “Dancing with the Stars.” But, I guess Sidney Poitier, Blair Underwood and Morgan Freeman have other priorities.

  15. Melissavina

    This is why Pulp Fiction was such an important film… it busted down stereotypes because both Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta said M-Fer an equally large amount of times. So see? It’s not just one group of people! It’s all of us.

  16. Neil

    Ellen — I just think TV has one success so they go for the same formula again and again. In Dancing with the Stars, there’s always “The Old Guy,” “The Classy Older Woman,” “The Kiddie Star No One Over 25 Has Ever Heard Of,” “The Soap Opera Star,” blah blah… and the “Black Athlete.”

  17. Ariel

    Eeek, cliches! The same the world over. What always gets me is Brits travelling abroad and moaning that the locals can’t speak English… and following up with ‘foreigners this and foreigners that’.

  18. Neil

    Ariel — Frankly, I blame you Brits for forcing this entire genre of reality shows on us with Millionaire, Idol, etc. — and taking away jobs from writers in Hollywood. I’m waiting for an apology.

    You used to send over good rock music, now it’s Kat Deely.

  19. Amy K

    I dont know what all the hooplah is about…I knew Bill O’Reilly was stupid years ago, so what came out of his mouth wasnt the least surprising! 🙂 This is why I watch CNN and consider Anderson Cooper to be eons ahead of Bill in intellectual abilities. 🙂

  20. laurie

    OK, I feel better now knowing I wasn’t the only one who was like, “M-Fer? Is that some new slang? How do I not know what Mfer is? I have no idea what the kids these days are saying! I am old! I am wrinkling as we speak! What on God’s green earth is an MFer!!!???”

    I am just saying.

  21. Jennifer

    So maybe all black people are mother f***ing athletes?

  22. Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

    But you watch more than just that one show, right?

    If now, I’d say you have much bigger problems than racism.

  23. Neil

    Sarah — Honestly, I’m not a racist. If I have any problem with Dancing With the Stars is that all the male dancers are so M-Fer GAY!

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