A “Late Night with Seth Meyers” segment bashing the media for normalizing the term “alt-right” on Wednesday echoed comments made last week by actor and director Michael Rapaport, who argued that the public shouldn’t be fooled by “gentrified names.”
“Alt right is a name they picked for themselves. You don’t have to use it…. If looks like a duck, and talks like a duck, and steps like a goose – it’s a Nazi,” Meyers said last night.
While Rapaport and Meyers aren’t the only voices to condemn the “alt-right” term, the “I am Rapaport Stereo Podcast” host took to Twitter to call the segment “biting” and said “late nite TV always takes out s–t about a week later.”
“We’re not giving you that name. We’re not giving you the gentrified name, which is really just a racist f-k. A black, Jew, Asian-hating mother f–er. We’re not calling you the alt-right, the nationalists. We’re not giving you this gentrified name,” Rapaport said on last Friday’s edition of the “I am Rapaport Stereo Podcast.”
Meyers clearly agrees with Rapaport, saying, “Calling Nazis and white supremacists the alt-right is like calling OJ Simpson a cutlery enthusiast.”
Rappaport also tweeted, “Seth Myers just joined a nice short list of comedians who have bite from the [podcast]… Welcome to the club brother!”
Rapaport, who has mentioned on his podcast that he wants to be the leader of the anti-alt-right movement, said last week that whatever you call them, don’t refer to them by the name they selected.
“Don’t be fooled into these gentrified names they’re insisting to be called. F– that. Call them exactly what they are. They f–ing hate you. They don’t like you. Don’t be fooled and suckered into it,” Rapaport said. “If they had their chance, they’d ball bat you in the back of the head. The alt-right. I’ll give you the alt right in your ass. How about that?”
Rapaport went on to list more appropriate names for the group, including “s– stain,” “f– heads” and “KKK c–.”
Richard B. Spencer, the leading ideologue of the movement Meyers and Rapaport are railing against, delivered a speech last month quoting Nazi propaganda, arguing that America belongs to white people.
The New York Times recently informed its editorial staff that the term “alt-right” should not be used unless the story also inform readers that the group “embraces white nationalism and a range of racist and anti-immigrant positions.”
President-elect Donald Trump has rejected the beliefs of alt-right movement, telling the Times, “I disavow the group.”
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