UPDATED: Syndicated radio host Tom Joyner caught some heat after he compared Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan to the character of Calvin Candie, the slaveowner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio in blockbuster film “Django Unchained.” I heard the exchange this morning and I must admit, I said that this was going to grow legs and spark outrage from some people.
Joyner said, “I’m just gonna say it, I think Mike Shanahan — the coach of the Washington Redskins — could be compared to the character that DiCaprio plays in Django.” Comedian J. Anthony Brown said, “You’re absolutely right. Keep fighting, Negroes.” To which Tom Joyner responded, “Keep fighting. Keep fighting. RGIII had no business playing.”
Tom Joyner made the comparison in reference to the Redskins-Seahawks playoff game Sunday, where starting quarterback Robert Griffin III was allowed to play with a knee injury.
Calvin Candie is a plantation owner in “Django Unchained,” who can be charming and brutal in the way he runs his plantation, Candyland, and treats his slaves. Male slaves are trained at Candyland to be ‘mandingos,’ who fight to the death for sport.
Here’s the audio of Tom Joyner’s comments:
UPDATE#1 (01/08/13): Tom Joyner isn’t backing down on his comparison of Mike Shanahan to Calvin Candie. He posted this on Facebook: