OK, I`ve had it with heavy-duty legislative
of the proliferating
. Here`s what I do for fun:
If you have never heard of Carlos Mencia or watched his
The Mind of Mencia,
on Comedy Central, you are
missing out…big time.
This guy has been called everything from a racist to a
hero—from the Antichrist to the Savior…savior of truth
Personally, I try to never miss an episode which air on
This is how it happened:
was planning on watching
(punctuating Congressional hearings
and serial news with simple comedy or mindless drama is
essential for my survival). One evening, I tuned in a
heard this guy making the most outlandish,
and immigration that I found
myself laughing harder than I have ever laughed at any
Here`s an overview:
Mencia has a skit called "Wetback
) in which two Hispanic men feel compelled to
keep a giant secret from their employers.
The secret is that, alas, they are not sophisticated,
white collar guys…they`re beaners.
The gist: When the work day is done, these two run off
together, hand-in-hand, to a remote hillside
location—much like the scene from the gay cowboy movie
But later we see these two wearing ponchos, hitting
piñatas, dancing around a campfire and drinking
Tequila—you know, instead of making out…or worse.
Another skit is called "Drive-by Shooting School"
) and the title alone
had me in stitches.
Mencia introduces the skit by saying he`s fed up with
innocent people being killed in drive-by shootings:
gang bangers have one job—one job—to shoot other
gang bangers…and you
suck at it."
So he sends them to school and gives them lessons…
For example, the Hispanic gang banger is advised to
raise the bandana that practically covers his eyes in
order to better his aim.
The Black gang banger is shown the proper way to point a
gun (straight) as opposed to that
stupid sideways angle
they seem to prefer.
Mencia also does a skit about the
famous road sign
found only in Southern California
which depicts a family, holding hands crossing the
obviously designed to alert drivers
possibility of people racing across the border on foot.
Carlos interviews an official government employee
as to whom the sign depicts—or rather, what race of
As a true disciple of political correctness, the man
refuses to describe the sign with anything other than
generic, socially-acceptable terms.
And this is precisely the behavior that drives Mencia to
write his brilliant, anti-pc comedy—or what I would call
comedy for people who live in the real world.
Mencia of course has his critics—those who call his
brand of comedy racist
Of course, if you apply the
modern definition of racist,
"he must be right."
Just as the country has focused on illegal immigration,
Mencia has also focused more on the subject…as only he
In one monologue, he hit on the
He mimicked one female protester as saying:
"I don`t understand
how come the American people are not treating us like
The Mencia response:
"Umm, maybe it`s the
flag you`re holding!
Mexico! Why would you hold a Mexican flag when
tell America that you love this country? That`s like
coming to my house, taking a crap on my table and saying
what are you going to cook next…nothing!"
He speaks of his own immigrant parents.
"My dad`s from
Honduras and my mom`s from Mexico and
all they ever said was how
beautiful Mexico is, what a paradise
So he would ask them "Then why don`t you go back?"
They would say "Well, it`s a very technical
"It`s not a very
technical situation. If you go
back to Mexico, it`s not like there`s border patrol
on that side going, `Hey, Hey…where joo going?`"
Mencia definitely capitalizes on racial stereotypes and
no subject matter is
or off-limits but he simply tells the
truth—the truth everybody else wishes they could speak
without fear of retribution.
, Fat People…everybody is a target! Through
sketch comedy or simple one-liners, Mencia manages to
bring everybody into the fray in the most hysterical and
Trying to explain improbable odds, Mencia has said
"It`s like going
NASCAR event and meeting the one girl without a
Here are a few of his race-based jokes—which are frankly
the bread and butter of his show:
gates here are not for decorations, they`re the
same gates my
parents jumped to get to this country."
In one of my favorite sketches, Mencia portrays an
Indian convenience store
owner who likes to speak
to his customers.
very large Black woman is heaping nacho cheese onto her
chips and talking loudly about how thin celebrity women
are—how she too could look that good if she had a
(I hear women use this excuse a lot. I try to explain in
my typical gentle fashion that
putting down the fork
is also a good idea.)
Carlos Mencia (as Hajj, the Indian store owner) says
"If you had a personal
trainer, you would probably eat him. Oh, I`m sorry. I
shouldn`t have insulted you because
in my country, cows are sacred."
Interestingly enough, Mencia says he saw the opportunity
for his niche comedy when, early in his career, he told
a joke which made fun of Black people.
He noticed that, out in the audience, the Black people
were laughing and the Whites were sitting silently…not
because it wasn`t funny but because they (like everybody
else) didn`t think they were
allowed to laugh.
In his own words,
"I know that not
everybody`s going to like my show…But that`s OK because
I`m not for those people. See, I know who I`m for. I`m
for the people that are real. What they find cool about
the show is the honesty of it. It`s that moment that
nobody else talks about."[
on PC patrol| Comedy Central`s Carlos Mencia
believes `political correctness is a form of racism.`
By Jay Fernandez, LA Times, July12, 2006]
Hmm…kind of like
—honest about what nobody else talks about.
If only more people were like Carlos Mencia…and
Bryanna Bevens [email
her] is a political consultant and former chief of staff
for a member of the California State Assembly.