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Kinky Friedman a racist? Nah. He messes with everybody

Kinky Friedman a racist? Nah. He messes with everybody

Still, I'm getting a kick out of these other candidates for governor who are painting Kinky as racist. I know Kinky Friedman, and he is no John Kennedy. Then again, he's no David Duke, either. Suddenly, the opposition has conveniently discovered, with an election around the corner, that Kinky Friedman has been making outrageous comments for the past four decades. Author, Musician, and candidate for Governor of Texas, Kinky Friedman served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia in the 1960's.

Kinky Friedman a racist? Nah. He messes with everybody

Kinky Friedman a racist? Nah. He messes with everybody
Tuesday, September 26, 2006

In the name of full disclosure, let me say up front that gubernatorial candidate and big tent insultor Kinky Friedman has asked me if I want a position in his Cabinet.

This happening is highly unlikely. For one thing, I doubt Kinky Friedman is going to have a cabinet unless he goes out to Lack's and picks one up. Also, my idea of hell would be trying to explain to the press what Kinky really meant when he used the expression "n——- eggs" 26 years ago in a comedy routine.

Still, I'm getting a kick out of these other candidates for governor who are painting Kinky as racist. I know Kinky Friedman, and he is no John Kennedy. Then again, he's no David Duke, either.

Suddenly, the opposition has conveniently discovered, with an election around the corner, that Kinky Friedman has been making outrageous comments for the past four decades.

I suspect the reason for this startling revelation is that Kinky is hanging around in the polls. One recent poll showed him at 22.4 percent and Gov. Rick Perry leading at 30.7 percent.

Let's put this in perspective. If Richard Pryor were running for president and he got within 9 percentage points of first place in a poll, the other candidates would suddenly remember he's sexist because he shot his wife's car instead of his own.

And now people are all over Kinky for jokes. Which makes you wonder: Should comedians be excluded from politics? Isn't it refreshing to have a candidate who's actually smart enough to be a smartass? It's been a long time coming.

"I don't eat tamales in the barrio; I don't eat fried chicken in the ghetto; I don't eat bagels with the Jews for breakfast," Kinky said. "That, to me, is true racism."

That line has been labeled as racist. I read it another way: It attacks hypocrisy.

You know how your phony candidate sucks up to the public by pumping gas for two minutes in front of a TV camera to pretend he's the working man? You know how political candidates eat the food at the picnic of the group they're trying to get votes from to show they're one of the gang?

That's my take on Kinky's tamale, bagels and fried chicken remark.

Kinky Friedman goes after everybody. He would insult your grandmother regardless of her menu choices. Yes, he can be a pain in the butt. I know because he's turned on me. He can be an annoying, temperamental jerk on occasion. But it doesn't last long, and the smoke clears quickly.

Actually, there are two Kinky Friedmans: the real Kinky and the stage Kinky. The stage Kinky puts on a Texas howdy accent, smokes large smelly cigars and leaves inappropriate messages on his answering machine at home that indicate size matters, to put it politely.

The real Kinky is soft-spoken and puts steaks on the floor of his living room for his dogs.

Kinky is also an entertainer who once had a band called the Texas Jewboys, whose goal was to make people squirm. You can dig up all the lyrics you want on the Internet. Don't take my word for it: Ask his opponents. Heck, I'll bet they'll gladly provide you with a link.

John Kelso's column appears on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Contact him at 445-3606 or jkelso@statesman .com.

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