I just watched the Wright segment that Steven Colbert chose to show on his late night show. It was him demonstrating the marching styles of what he would have you think are exclusively white college marching bands with those of Grambling and of Florida A and M.
He described the "white bands" as marching "in excellent European precision" (and obviously many of them don’t) and then got all loosey goosey and sing songy as he did a weird imitation of the jive and jazzy marching style of the mostly black college’s bands.
Watch this sitcom star wannabe here and ask yourself if he is going to go away anytime soon if he stands the slightest chance of getting further publicity.
As I wrote in my previous column (here):
… perhaps he really wants to follow in Al Sharpton’s footsteps and become a television celebrity.
Reverend Al has a list of television credits that is respectably B list, and includes genuinely funny turns as himself on shows like "Boston Legal" and has been on "Law and Order SVU".
Jeremiah, I have news for you. You’re no Reverend Al.
By now I assume that Rev. Wright has hired himself an agent both for shopping a book and for television appearances on shows like Larry King and the late night comedy shows. Organizations looking for "interesting" speakers may book him as well.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Wright has someone trying to decide if he should drop the title Reverend Wright to relabel himself as Reverend Jeremiah.
I expect that for a period of time he will be a potential ratings draw if only because of morbid curiosity about his buffoonery and what new trash he’ll spew forth from his mouth.
The next time Rev. Wright manages to get a camera focused on him, it makes as much sense to give what he says national coverage him as it does to repeatedly televise the chalk outline on the pavement after an accident victim’s body has been removed.
I only hope those who make decisions about what is newsworthy and what isn’t, and who deserves the spotlight, realize that Reverend Wright is a one trick pony whose trick it turns out was to trivialize important issues about race.
Maybe a new career as a rodeo clown in a bar with a mechanical bull would suit him best.*
* With all well deserved recognition to the amateur and professional rodeo clowns who put life and limb at risk to protect bull riders. (Link)