March 31, 2010

Tanning Tax: Racist?

As if Glenn Beck were not controversial enough already, Beck's guest host on Fox News this week has made big news with hsi accusation that a proposed tanning tax should be considered racist.

Glenn Beck's guest host this week on his hugely popular TV show was a man named Doc Thompson, a fellow conservative commentator. Thompson took issue with a proposed tax on tanning salons, claiming this measure would be racist against white and light skinned people.

Said Thompson: "I now know the pain of racism. Why would the president of the United States of America - a man who says he understands racism, a man who has been confronted by racism - why would he sign such a racist law? Why would he agree to do that. Now I feel the pain of racism."

To say that this was a bit of a stretch would be putting it kindly, in my opinion, but I suppose it all depends on your perspective. I'd be curious to hear what Glenn Beck's usual audience thought of this perspective from his fill in.

Tanning Tax Racist

While filling in on Glenn Beck's radio show today, Doc Thompson said (joked?) that the health care bill's 10 percent tax on tanning beds is racist because "dark skinned people" don't use tanning beds. Movie critic Roger Ebert took the opportunity to tag House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-West Chester. Here's Ebert's tweet: "He feels the pain of racism as Obama taxes white folks' tanning salons. Paging John Boehner!"

Tanning Tax Racist

Posted at March 31, 2010 4:38 AM