Sometimes it's hard judging whether something is racist or not racist. To end the debate on a few recent issues, The Daily Show's Jessica Williams, Jason Jones and Aasif Mandvi — and later Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele — hashed a few things out on "Racist or Not Racist?"
"First of all, that's a weak segment title," Williams said. She suggested: "Straight Trippin' or We Cool?" Stewart asked if that wasn't also racist, to which she replied "Oh yeah, definitely, but not if I say it." And the first case was:
A little kid is put in a Ku Klux Klan costume for Halloween. Racist or Not Racist?
Despite the obvious answer, Jones said adorable. "What are you guys talking about? He looks like a pointy ghost," Jones said. "Okay, fine. Racist. But adorable racist." Next case:
A white Texas Republican implied he was black to win a black, Democratic district. Racist or Not Racist?
The question is, how did he imply he was black? Turns out he released a radio ad narrated by a woman doing her best impersonation of a sassy black woman. "Racist," Williams said. "Smart, but racist." Mandvi also went with racist. Hilarious, but racist. "Oh, big surprise there," Jones said. Since Williams is, you know, and Mandvi is also, well, you know, Jones felt like he needed an "impartial" (as in white) judge to back him up.