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Many within American culture say that blacks are just too sensitive, and that sometimes a banana joke is just a banana joke. They say that it isn’t always about ‘us’ , and by making it about us and internalizing it, we’re creating the problem. Maybe there’s some truth to that, but watching Mike Tyson try to peel a banana with boxing gloves on evoked all sorts of imagery of King Kong, and how black men have been historically derided as apes and savages. Maybe the skit would’ve gone over better had it been, say, a black man much more suave than Tyson. But pairing the former heavyweight champ with a banana does cause one to cringe. Here’s the full story:
Just when you thought Mike Tyson had debased himself enough, you catch him on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live peeling a banana with his boxing gloves on.
On the show, host Andy Cohen convinces ‘Bravo’ reality show personalities to have cocktails with him, and the reality TV personalities are sometimes joined by real celebrities. On this episode, Tyson was paired with some sort of ‘Bravo’ reality show housewife.
And to be fair, Tyson and the housewife both were made to complete strange chores while wearing gloves, but something tells us that banana skit was meant for Mike….