The economy may be tanking, but the dog whistle industry is booming. Last Wednesday, Mitt Romney appeared on Univision to discuss policy proposals and issues important to Hispanic voters. Lefty viewers couldn’t help but focus not on Romney’s words, but rather on his tanned visage. Many were convinced that the GOP candidate had deliberately “browned” himself in a desperate appeal to Latinos. The crackerjack investigative teams at Gawker and the Democratic Underground, decked out in their trusty racism goggles, were all too happy to perpetuate the story.
Today, Univision itself decided to jump aboard the Romney-is-a-racist train with an “article” comparing Mitt Romney to an Oompa-Loompa. Of course, lefty Twitterers completely agree with that assessment and have been pushing the meme for days:
I think that Mitt Romney is trying to appeal to minorities by getting a tan. Too bad the oompa loompa population dwindled 25 years ago.
— Alex (@alexwearschucks) September 20, 2012
World's tallest Oompa Loompa runs for president! (Apparently #Romney slapped on the fake bake for Latino TV. Classy.) pic.twitter.com/hBODjjoP
— Duncan Hothersall (@dhothersall) September 20, 2012
Romney dyed his skin to appeal to Latino voters. He looks like an Oompa Loompa! http://t.co/Tywi67Yj
— Xander the Blue (@xandertheblue) September 20, 2012
Just in! Romney's popularity among registered Oompa Loompas nearly doubles after appearance on Univision. #brownface pic.twitter.com/CfTag0cJ
— Armajillo1 (@Armajillo1) September 21, 2012
Can someone tell Romney that Oompa Loompas aren't Hispanic. #TanFail #Romney
— Redd Reddoch (@ReddReddoch) September 21, 2012
after the "it'd be easier to win if I was Hispanic"/oompa loompa incident, do u think Romney will try blackface when he speaks at the NAACP?
— Stacy Stevens (@stace_) September 21, 2012
Apparently, Romney wishes he was born a Mexican Oompa Loompa. I have to admit, that might make him easier to relate to. #p2 #tcot #teaparty
— James (@jazgar) September 21, 2012
“@ABC: Mitt Romney's Tan Draws Media Fire, Makeup Artist Responds http://t.co/pyfFjC86” – Mitt resembles oompa-loompa to get minority votes
— Joli (@MissJoli) September 22, 2012
…at which he was an Oompa-Loompa. RT @suemagic Romney bused in supporters for Univision forum http://t.co/nLsMPxZi …
— Nathan H (@norm_1142) September 22, 2012
Latinos weren't impressed but Oompa Loompas now support Romney by a wide margin. http://t.co/OyXmjB38
— markm (@markm1962) September 22, 2012
Oompa Loopa Orange Romney, Bused in "supporters" for #Latism #Univision @SRJones66 http://t.co/6FqMjiqq #cogop #romneyencore #Latinos #tcot
— waterwynd (@WaterWynd) September 24, 2012
Romney is hoping to counterbalance Obama's strength with minorities with an appeal to Oompa Loompas. pic.twitter.com/iy0N0moj
— Jordan Zakarin (@jordanzakarin) September 24, 2012
Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-do… Also, Hispanic votes. #Romney RT @SunnyMegatron: Why the hell is Romney orange? Bad, bad spray tan.
— Carla Riseman (@ShesAllWrite) September 24, 2012
hey romney, that much bronzer just makes you look like an oompa-loompa. also, darkening your skin to appear "more latino" is RACIST AS FUCK.
— a mathemagician (@homo_logical) September 20, 2012
Actually, the fact that Univision’s article links to this piece of garbage in the Miami New Times strikes us as just a tad more racist than a tan. Where’s the lefty outrage over the Photoshops of Mitt Romney in a sombrero and in blackface?
Fortunately, at least one person possessed the intellectual capacity to separate Romney’s skin color from his purpose at the Univision event:
Too bad that Univision, who laughably asserts that “as always, we’ve got you covered on the real story,” lacked the cojones to cover the real story. Apparently, exchanging one’s last shred of journalistic credibility for a few cheap laughs has become a worthwhile trade. We hope that the giddy, self-congratulatory Univision is just as thrilled with its status as a nail in “real journalism’s” coffin.
Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/09/24/real-journalism-at-its-finest-univision-mocks-romney-as-oompa-loompa/