That wasn't so brill, Hill! Clinton and ally criticised for 'coloured people' joke

Washington: Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and her ally, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, have beeen criticised for a racist joke at a charity event.

File image of Hillary Clinton ducking a show in April 2014. AFP

File image of Hillary Clinton ducking a shoe in April 2014. AFP

Appearing on stage at the Inner Circle Show, an annual New York comedic performance held for charity, Clinton set up the joke: "I just have to say thanks for the endorsement, Bill. Took you long enough," she said, referring to the fact that he endorsed her months after she launched her campaign.

"Sorry Hillary, I was running on CP time," de Blasio responded, allegedly referring to the slang term "coloured people time." The term alludes to the stereotype that African-Americans are typically late, CBS News reported on Monday.

Actor Leslie Odom Jr, who plays Aaron Burr in the musical "Hamilton," was also on stage and told the mayor, "That's not — I don't like jokes like that, Bill." Clinton then delivered the punchline, responding that de Blasio was referring to "cautious politician time".

The African-American website called the joke "cringeworthy", as did the liberal site

The left-leaning site similarly called it "painful," while the conservative website called it "absolutely painful".

De Blasio addressed the complaints on Monday on CNN, insisting that "people are missing the point of it."

"It was clearly a staged show. It was a scripted show and the whole idea was to do the counter intuitive and say 'cautious politician time,'" he said.

"Every actor involved, including Hillary Clinton and Leslie Odom Jr, thought it was a joke on a different convention. That was the whole idea of it," he added.

Updated Date: Apr 12, 2016 15:05 PM

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