Jamie Foxx issued a mea culpa on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. EOnline.com reports that Foxx responded with a “Yeah” when Jay Leno asked him “Did you say something inappropriate?” Here’s the rest of it from EOnline:
“I so apologize to [Cyrus], and this is sincere…I am a comedian, and you guys know that whatever I say, I don’t mean any of it. And sometimes, as comedians, as we do, we go a little bit too far. I have a radio show…We’re really the black Howard Stern. We go at everybody. There was a situation with Miley Cyrus, and I just want to say, I apologize for what I said. I didn’t mean it maliciously. You know I’m a comedian.”
Then, looking at the camera, “Miley, I apologize, so I’ll call you. I got a daughter too, so I completely understand.”
So there you go. Good enough? I think so. Do you agree?
Original post follows below.
So, like, hey now.
A little background. Jamie Foxx has a channel on SiriusXM Satellite Radio where he does a show called The Foxxhole. He said some… things about Miley Cyrus (aka Miley Ray Cyrus Hannah Montana Stewart Lipschutz). Someone called in and mentioned Miley’s little dustup with Radiohead (she wanted to meet them, they said no, she got pissy and yakked about it on some radio show). The Oscar-winning Mr. Foxx then went off a bit. Here’s the audio, which is not safe for work. At all. Seriously. You have been warned.
So yeah. He said it. There are a few other people in the mix, and I’m not sure who said what. I’m fairly certain it was Jamie Foxx who said that Miley should make a “sex tape”, and then a female voice added “with your dad.” “White bitch” was in there. Also something about doing heroin “like Britney” (I must have missed that headline about Brit nodding out), as well as a suggestion that Miley catch VD from a bicycle seat. (I didn’t think that was possible, but hey, what do I know?)
A few things to say here. First, Foxx said this on his radio show this past Sunday. It appears to only be coming out now. That doesn’t diminish it, but it does mean that not a lot of people heard the comments. Second, he was trying to be funny. That doesn’t excuse the comments at all, of course. But in theory performers get more latitude when it comes to humor.
As for what was said: it was completely inappropriate and in incredibly poor taste. I’m not a fan of Miley’s; I think her music is horrible, and the message of her entire persona seems to be that fame is a goal worth trying for, which is something I don’t agree with. (That’s the short version of a longer thought that I’ll share one of these days.) In my opinion you can make fun of anything and talk about whatever you want. But when its an underage person, boy or girl, and you start saying “white bitch” and suggest that she make a sex tape with her dad, that seems unnecessary. He has the right to say it. But why would he? (A commenter at LATimes.com says that the Foxx clip is somewhat out of context, but, like the Rodney King video, I’m not sure that context matters in this case. Maybe it does, but I doubt it.)
There’s also plenty to make fun of when it comes to Miley. The Radiohead thing. The fact that she sleeps in her parents bed sometimes, despite being sixteen years old. Her music. Her TV show. Lots of material to work with before you go to “white bitch” who should do heroin and make a sex tape.
What do you think? Should underage famous people be off-limits, at least in some ways? Or did Miley deserve it?