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Cult of Outrage: Al Sharpton Tries to Scold Justin Bieber from the Future

BREAKING: A teenager told some racist jokes once and Al Sharpton is appalled.

Al Sharpton has had a long career in the public eye. According to The Christian Science Monitor at the age of four “he preached his first sermon” and toured with gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and James Brown. Now, he’s the host of a show on MSNBC, where he brings his nonsensical political rhetoric to a national audience every night.

Given the causes Sharpton has been drawn to of late, there seems to be no question that he has appointed himself as the leader of the Cult of Outrage. Sharpton has been in the “activist” game long enough to know that going after words and entertainers is much easier than actually going after people with real power.

Thus, when videos surfaced of Justin Bieber at age 15 and then 14 telling the same racist jokes we all heard at that age, the outrage machine cued into high gear. He swiftly apologized, saying “I need to take responsibility for those mistakes” and apologized to all he offended and “let down.”

Sharpton, master of double-talk, said he appreciated the apology and he “didn’t condemn him as a person” he also said that Bieber’s comments could “is nothing to be excused.” Hilariously, in a clip posted to Mediaite.com, he actually cuts to tape of himself speaking about racial epithets. For Al, no one can quite say it as well as Al.

Even Sharpton realizes how ridiculous his argument is saying “all of us have said things we regret, but then you have to correct it and stand for one standard.” That standard, apparently, is apparently chastising (with a side of condescension) others when they say something stupid, even if they were children at the time.

Sharpton knows what he is talking about when it comes to saying “bad words.” In a documentary about Morton Downey Jr., Sharpton is seen during a break in the show shouting at someone in the audience. “You a punk faggot,” he shouts, “now come do something!” If only present-day Al Sharpton could school 1980s Al Sharpton about how certain words are inexcusable.


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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.