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Ralphie May says in a YouTube video "Eff" a Buncha Indians" but maintains the rant is part of a bigger picture.

Comedian Ralphie May Creates Twitter Firestorm After Rant on Indians

Vincent Schilling

Known for his racially-charged humor, stand-up comic Ralphie May, a Comedy Central regular who has appeared on The Tonight Show, Last Comic Standing and Celebrity Fit club, calls out Indians in a video posted on YouTube, with one “highlight” being the phrase “F--k a bunch of Indians.”

Update: EXCLUSIVE: Ralphie May Talks About Indian Rant: “I Never Meant to Hurt Anyone”

The extracted audio clip of May’s comedy routine is from a CD entitled "Stealing the Sun Back." from the hip hop group Savage Family. In the video/audio clip, posted on YouTube, May goes into a rant about Indians.

“F--k a bunch of Indians. I am sick of hearing about it. Are we supposed to boo hoo over goddamn Indians that sh-t that was 120 years ago? F--kin’ get over it. Nobody 150 years ago was making you drink now. Dry up’ you buncha alcoholics and go get a real f--kin’ job.”

Since the video was posted, May has said on Twitter that the entire issue has been taken out of context. "Someone stole my material and edited it. They used it in a hip hop song. The entire portion of the joke that makes it make sense is missing," tweeted May.

The rant goes on in similarly profane manner for just under a minute.

A short time after the video was posted Tuesday night, May received a plethora of fiery comments accusing him of racism. May responded on Twitter that he would not be apologizing for his remarks.

“Afraid, I will not be. Shamed, I will not be. Apologize, I will not. I am a man that stands on his own,” May tweeted.

May further explained on Twitter that the comedic rant was extracted out of context and that the rant was based on the fact he was angry that Dances with Wolves  beat Goodfellas for the best picture Oscar in 1992.

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He further went on to respond to Twitter followers with the following:

“What's your responsibility to your own people … [Y]ou still have the burden to bare, alcoholism still runs rampant as does crystal meth. Am I the one that cause[d] that?”

The video / audio clip was posted by Adrianne Chalepah, (Kiowa/Apache) a comedian, who says she posted the video to ask people if they thought it was funny.

“I posted the video because I saw that Ralphie May was performing in Bemidji soon and that is Indian Country,” Chalepah wrote to ICTMN in an email. ”I wanted him to understand that incorporating hate and stereotypes into his jokes about us can have real harm, especially in border towns where racism is felt every day. It's bad enough that some border towns view our people as lazy drunks who do nothing but feel sorry for ourselves. We see this every day with our high police brutality rates, our high suicide rates, and our high rape rates. We don't need anyone with a national platform somehow implying we need to ‘get over it.’

“I took offense because we Natives don't have a huge voice in mainstream media or pop culture. How can we counter these attacks on our image? We can continue to push the world to accept us as 21st century indigenous people, and challenge them to leave the stereotypes behind. It's not that we can't take a joke. I joke about my ‘drunk auntie’ all the time. I joke about casinos being the only place where you need a ‘hickey policy.’ But the difference is that these are our stories, our voice, our image, and we have the right to tell our stories without mainstream pop culture countering it with one-dimensional stereotypes.”

At the time of the posting of this article, May has responded to ICTMN’s request for comment and says he is traveling and would like to offer comments when he is available.


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Michael Madrid's picture
Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Ever since Obama became President the racists have continued to crawl out from under their rocks. It's just too easy to say, "get over it," when it's not your family or your friends suffering the discrimination. I'm adding this lard ass to the list of people I'll never support again (including Adam Sandler). Natives can laugh when it's appropriate, but it's NEVER appropriate when an obese, asshole, entitled, White man is making fun of our culture using ridiculous stereotypes.

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Submitted by Sammy7 on
What cultural anomaly enables Ralphie May to disguise hatred as humor? What is his background? How can his sickness be healed?

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Submitted by bullbear on
What place, in society, is there for citizens, regardless of their profession, to find it acceptable to downgrade and humiliate an entire race? And yes, sometimes Native American musicians and comedians take their messages a bit too far toward their own. Go ahead and call us thin-skinned for not putting our historical mistreatment behind us that included killing of women and children, forced removal and imprisonment - - but know that we will never forget, never! If a person thinks that alcoholism, drugs and gangs is just an Indian problem, they are either going through life with blinders on or think they are better than others. I would suggest to readers who are utterly offended by Ralphie May's rant and riff on race should go to the website www.laughstub.com/comedians/Ralphie-May for a list of cities near them, contact the comedy host site and express your disgust and appall towards this racial prejudice and public display of hatred toward American citizens. Upcoming cities include Fargo, ND; Sioux Falls, SD; and Tempe, AZ.

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Submitted by turbojesus on
It was like having a building dropped on me. May's glazed over eyes beaming out from his morbidly obese face. The past is the problem. On his words, his donut crusted mouth, his gold house, his rocket car, history is un-judging.

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Submitted by nativewomn on
If you SAW the tweets, he went from victim blaming, to 'it wasn't me' excuses, to explanations that didn't hold water, to explaining it was taken out of context, but the context as he explained it didn't hold water, either. There was nothing in the explanation that said, "This is wrong, this is a stereotype and it's bad". He also claimed he 'didn't need an education on...' because he knew about the genocide. He also said his gg gpa met his gg gma ON THE TRAIL OF TEARS, then went back to, "you people" and "your culture" and "how is this my fault?". He furthers vicious, harmful stereotypes, then claims NONE of the blame is on him. He's full of excuses. Now he's got a video on Youtube 'explaining' it. Nope. His show in Bemidji was canceled, and now we're gonna work on the rest of 'em!

James Bradford
James Bradford
Submitted by James Bradford on
I find it troubling that 2/4 commenters before myself felt the need to comment on May's physical appearance and weight. Do you not understand that by denigrating people of size of people who don't conform to Western standards of beauty and body image you are in essence just as terrible as he is? What he said is grotesque and ignorant. Focus on the criticism of his words and his character. Don't stoop to his level.

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
TO bullbear: Thanks for that list - I hope everyone notes that EVERY SINGLE PLACE ON THE LIST has a heavy, Native population. The balls of this porker! Making those comments about us and our culture and then trying to come to our homelands to take our money too!

Matthew Horse
Matthew Horse
Submitted by Matthew Horse on
as for one person that made a Comment about Obama , Michael Madrid , this was a bit from 2007 a time before Obama had been elected , trying to shift blame is not cool in any means .