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Conan, Picking on Wisconsin for No Good Reason

I guess it’s easy to pick on Conan O’Brien, and he seems like a nice enough guy, but this recent joke apparently fell flat:

“Speaking of President Obama,” NBC’s new late-night host had in his Tuesday script, “earlier today, President Obama spoke at a town hall meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Half of the Wisconsin crowd had never seen an African American and the other half had never seen a skinny person.”

Ah-ha. Get it? The state is full of fat white guys who eat cheese. Yeah, forget the fact that they all root for the Packers and Brewers and Bucks, who have plenty of African-American players. Forget that Obama carried the state with 56 percent of the vote, won 59 out of 72 counties, etc. . . .

6 percent: The percentage of Wisconsin residents who are African American.

6.9 percent: The percentage of California residents who are African American.

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