Awhile back, I posted an item in which I elevated a newsmaker to the status of Douchebag of the Week. Since there are countless douchebags out there, the idea of doing one every week is a bit daunting, but every now and then, someone comes out of the woodwork with an act of such complete douchery, that it simply must be recognized. The fact that we already have a Douchebag of the Week and it's only Monday says that we are truly living in the Douchebag Golden Age.
This week's "Douchey" goes to..........South Carolina Republican activist Rusty DePass.
So, why does the jovial Mr. Depass get the coveted Douchey? Well, it seems over the weekend, the Ruster made a comment on his Facebook page about a gorilla that escaped from a zoo in Columbia, SC. The comment?
"I'm sure it's just one of Michelle's ancestors - probably harmless".
You don't have to be brain surgeon to assume he was talking about First Lady Michelle Obama. He has apologized saying, "I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest". He then added, "The comment was hers, not mine," claiming Obama made a remark about humans decending from apes. Several new agencies have not found any comment made from the First Lady.
So, let's see: old white guy - check. Southern - check. Calling an African-American woman a gorilla - check. Turning it around to say it was her fault to begin with - check. Congrats Mr. Depass - you have fullfilled the qualifications for Redneck Stereotype. All that's missing is a picture of you in a tank-top and cutoffs at a Lynard Skynard concert.
After all the hullabaloo last week over what Letterman said about Palin's kid, I'm waiting for the outrage. Something tells me, it won't come. I know Mr. DePass doesn't speak for the majority of southerners, but seriously, he's not helping the image, Southern Friends. They keep saying the South will rise again. We're waiting. Start by rising above this douchebag.
Rusty DePass - DOUCHEBAG OF THE WEEK!!!!!!!!