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Tanning Tax is Racist?

Maybe the Glenn Beck show is trying to tell us that if we get rid of Beck himself, it might just get worse. Because while Beck was on vacation, his fill-in host, Doc Thompson, said this gem:

For years I’ve suggested that racism was in decline and yeah, there are some, you know, incidents that still happen with regards to racism, but most of the claims I’ve said for years, well, they’re not really real. But I realize now that I was wrong. For I now too feel the pain of racism. Racism has been dropped at my front door and the front door of all lighter-skinned Americans. The health care bill the president just signed into law includes a 10 percent tax on all indoor tanning sessions starting July first, and I say, who uses tanning? Is it dark-skinned people? I don’t think so. I would guess that most tanning sessions are from light-skinned Americans. Why would the President of the United States of America — a man who says he understands racism, a man who has been confronted with racism — why would he sign such a racist law? Why would he agree to do that? Well now I feel the pain of racism.

Of course, if you want to run with his premise, then you should really call it a tax on stupid white people, since artificial tanning as little as once a month can increase your risk of deadly skin cancer by 55%.



  1. The obvious flaw in his conclusion is that he “guesses” that his premise is true. I need say no more.

    Friday, July 9, 2010 at 9:03 am | Permalink
  2. Sammy wrote:

    I’ve always wondered shy someone who is prejudiced against darker skinned people would go to a beach to …darken his skin.

    Friday, July 9, 2010 at 9:33 am | Permalink
  3. Mad Hatter wrote:

    The Universe would be better off if we got rid of Beck. Get rid of Beck……God that sounds so gooooood!

    Friday, July 9, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    Sammy, maybe they aren’t prejudiced. Maybe they are just jealous! 🙂

    Friday, July 9, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    I, being a white person, think white people looked like plucked chickens. I always look forward to the darker skin I get when mowing. Jealousy is it.

    And remember folks, it isn’t Beck, it is Rove spreading his vitriol at Fox News. Don’t give Beck the credit. Why do you think the SC leader lost his nomination? He doesn’t spread the lies.

    Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 8:30 am | Permalink