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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Critics Rip Rucker for Performing 'White Christmas' After Garner Decision

So sick and tired of this “race” crap. White Christmas is about SNOW! That cold stuff that falls from the sky in winter!

Social media lit up Wednesday evening with complaints about former Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker performing "White Christmas" at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at New York City's Rockefeller Square. Some activists had threatened to attack the ceremony after a grand jury declined to indict a New York police officer in the death of unarmed Eric Garner during a confrontation over cigarette sales in July.

The ceremony went ahead under police protection, and Rucker performed "White Christmas," a classic written by a Jewish immigrant, Irving Berlin. The song refers to snow, not to race, in recalling a traditional Christmas scene. 

Critics, however, believed that the mere reference to the color "white" by a black singer in the throes of a racially-charged controversy was offensive and suggested a contempt for the feelings of other black people. 

Darius Rucker/Hootie just sang "I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas" at the tree-lighting ceremony. Because America is fucking with us all

— Baratunde (@baratunde) December 4, 2014

Darius Rucker singing White Christmas unironically

— Kathleen (@thleenzo) December 4, 2014

Rucker seemed unperturbed by the controversy, retweeting a photograph backstage with the Rockettes:

Lookie who we ran into backstage at #RockCenterXMAS ! The one and only Mr @dariusrucker !

— Rockettes (@Rockettes) December 4, 2014

Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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Critics Rip Rucker for Performing 'White Christmas' After Garner Decision
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:36:45 GMT


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