More than a decade after the Blue Collar Comedy Tour made his comedic character a household name, stand-up comic Daniel Whitney is far more recognizable appearing in a cutoff shirt as his alter ego, Larry the Cable Guy.
In a recent interview with Gavin McInnis, however, Whitney spoke as himself to address an issue he feels has corroded race relations in the U.S.
There has been an attempt to condemn the values on which he and many other Americans stand, Whitney asserted, by unfairly characterizing a large segment of the nation as bigoted.
“They’ve drawn up this picture of how they want us to be,” he said, alleging that “they go insane” when confronted with evidence opposing their prejudice.
“They cannot handle it,” the comedian concluded.
Though some of his fellow Americans continue to believe he is racist and intolerant because of his societal status or beliefs, Whitney said he is always willing to prove his detractors wrong. “And it frustrates them to no end,” he said.
He went on to assert “they get irritated” with the reality their preconceived notions are incorrect.
“They are so flabbergasted,” Whitney charged, “and it’s because what they think we are, we aren’t.”
While his rant earned praise from fans and like-minded Americans, even some people with no stake in the conversation sided with Whitney.
“I’m not American or liberal/conservative,” one YouTube viewer wrote in reaction to the interview, “but it has always struck me that the things American liberals say about so-called rednecks is some of the most vile s–t I’ve seen online on message boards etc, and it seems to be completely acceptable to say it. Yet somehow completely fabricated ‘micro-aggressions’ against minorities are worth firing people over?”