Before reading this, you may object to me criticizing a comedian. "It is just a joke. You need to lighten up." When it comes to being offended by comedy, I take the advice of the late Patrice O'Neal. Patrice argued that if you are funny enough, then your jokes are not offensive. However, unlike Patrice, Katt Williams has never been funny. This makes him fair game.
On his recent tour, Kattpacalypse, comedian Katt Williams said some rather shocking things about evolution. These comments are eerily similar to the ones espoused by creationists like Kent Hovind and Kirk Cameron. Katt's assault on science began with his characteristic name calling.
You too old to be believing in evolution with your stupid motherfucking ass. Evolution say people came from monkeys and the question is “why is there still monkeys?” You dumb motherfucker you. Is these the retarded monkeys? They didn’t turn into people just yet? Get your stupid ass the fuck out here.
If you are reading this Katt, I have a recommendation for you. Before you dismiss a 150 year old scientific theory after thinking about it for five minutes, please check to see if scientists have already responded to your criticism. Given that almost all of the major scientific theories have been around for at least a hundred years, chances are someone else has already raised your concern.
If you did this, you would have read that scientists do not believe that humans evolved from monkeys. Instead they believe that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor. This means that the monkeys which you reference in your joke are not "retarded". They are are just as different from our common ancestor as we are. For example, chimpanzees have evolved the ability to walk on their knuckles since our lineage split with theirs.
Now that we both accept that we share a common ancestor with monkeys instead of evolving from them, your objection is now invalid. This is because it now becomes akin to saying "if we share a grandparent with our cousin, then why are there still cousins? Are they too retarded to turn into me and my sibling?" or "If Americans and Australians both came from Europeans, then why are Australians still around?"
After channeling Duane Gish, Mr. Williams goes on to say equally as intelligent things about nonbelievers.
This is shocking for a few reasons. The first is that it is just plain ignorant. Sweeping accusations about intelligence regarding any group leads us to nothing but unfounded stereotypes about people who we do not even know. A related concern I have has to do with the target audience Mr. Williams tries to market himself towards: African Americans. This may shock Mr. Williams, but there are many African Americans who are nonbelievers. This group has included A Philip Randolph, Lorraine Hansbury, Langston Hughes, and the great WEB DuBois.If there is any atheists in the house, let me say you stupid motherfuckers. I don’t care what god you believe in, You got to be a special kind of retarded to be too stupid to make up a God if there wasn’t one. Poor thing. Who do you even pray to? Nobody. Even when you fuckin. Why do you fuck? You can’t even cum. What do you say when you cum, atheist? Oh.. Oh.. Nothing. That’s right, ’cause that’s what you believe in.
Another unintelligent part of this statement is the idea that atheists believe in nothing. While I have heard this accusation before by the very unfunny comedian Steve Harvey, it still shocks me. This is because god-belief is only one component of a worldview and atheists can believe a wide range of ideas about morality, the nature of the universe, and our purpose in it. Some atheists are Buddhists while others gravitate towards Secular Humanism.
Mr. Williams also has to deal with the fact that these people he accuses of believing in nothing account for 93% of the members of our National Academy of the Sciences. Rather than sitting around and praying like Mr. Williams suggests, that these prestigious scientists get out there and work hard to cure the ailments of mankind. If they just prayed rather than working, the amazing advances of the last four centuries would still be waiting to be uncovered.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, I apologize for the severe amount of ignorance I just exposed you to. In the future, I will try to keep my thoughts about celebrities to myself. This one, however, was hard to resist. This is because I became aware of a slur against Stephen Hawking that Katt Williams made when I writing the draft for this post.
Kirk Cameron is brilliant. Stephen Hawking is a role model to everybody who has flesh. And if he believes in God, then he’s right. And if he doesn’t believe in God, then he’s just another crippled guy with a bad idea. … God still runs this earth, Satan’s breath still stinks, Charlie Sheen still doin’ crack and Katt Williams is still the funniest black man you’ve ever seen.Wow. Just wow.