…well, Tiki Barber’s pissed everyone off, yet again.
First he left his preggers bride for a 23 year old.
Ok, that’s not funny.
Then to hide from the press, he moved into the attic of his agent, Mark Lepselter, to escape prying eyes.
Ok, so he’s a dog and a coward.
And a total skid mark.
Knowing full well that his celebrity doesn’t have an “on/off” switch, and every little thing he says is scrutinized, Tiki should have thought before he said, “Lep’s Jewish and it was like a reverse Anne Frank thing.”
Granted, Anne Frank spent two years of her life hiding from the Nazis, and eventually died in a concentration camp, so he might have been better off had he chosen another historical figure for comparison.
Frankly, I’m stunned he knew who Anne Frank was, and frankly, I laughed.
The Anti-Defamation League is all UP in arms about it. Abraham Foxman of the ADL said, “Holocaust trivialization continues to spread and finds new ways and expressions that shock the conscience. Tiki Barber’s personal behavior is his business. But our history and experiences are ours and deserve greater respect than being abused or perverted by Tiki Barber. The analogy to Anne Frank is not funny, it is outrageous and perverse. Anne Frank was not hiding voluntarily. Before she perished at age 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, she hid from the Nazis for more than two years, fearing every day for her life. The Frank family’s experiences, as recorded in Anne’s dairy, are a unique testimonial to the horrors of the Holocaust, and her life should never be debased or degraded by insensitive and offensive analogies.”
OK, he wasn’t trying to trivialize the Holocaust, he was trying to get a bunch of prying news hounds off his back.
The PC world in which we are forced to live is becoming more and more humorless every day.
Yes, Anne Frank’s story was horrific. Yes, Tiki’s history leaves little room for sympahty. Yes, Tiki’s a dog, but then he is a professional athlete, and in the eyes of too many Americans, “they” can do no wrong.
Frankly, I think the ADL should be equally if not more UPset by the fact that he ditched his wife for a 23 year old bimbo than his comparison to any historical figure.
We (the funny people) say shocking things all the time.
When we call the boss “Hitler”, we don’t mean he’s a creepy mustache wearing German who murdered millions of Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, and others outside of his “ideal”, we mean he’s a tyrant. Then of course there are terms like “Napoleon Complex”, “martyr”…I could go on. Tiki’s comment, although offensive to some, was simply A. Ill timed. B. Defensive. C. Casual Conversation, and D. Exagerated.
And yes, it was funny.
Not because it was germane, succinct, or apropos, but because it displayed his knowledge of history and himself.
I’m sorry if the rest of the world has lost their sense of humor, I’m keeping mine, it keeps me sane(ish)!