Steve Martin’s ‘King Tut’ Offends College Students 40 Years Later

“That’s like somebody … making a song just littered with the n-word everywhere.”

Forty years ago, Steve Martin had a hit song with his now-comedy classic King Tut. Martin debuted the song surrounded by dancers and musicians all dressed in Egyptian garb on Saturday Night Live on April 22, 1978 as a mockery of the museum exhibit that was touring around that time called the "Treasures of Tutankhamun." The sketch was well received by audiences of all ages and the single went on to sell over a million copies and reached into the top 20 of the Billboard charts. It was a raving success for a silly, two-minute novelty song.

But not anymore. The gag proved too much for the delicate psyche of forever-offended students at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. You know, those radical leftists who won’t stop occupying buildings because Western Civilization courses are too “Eurocentric.” The gang of totalitarians call themselves Reedies Against Racism and its members couldn’t handle that the video version posted by SNL on YouTube was played in class for fun. Here’s what happened, according to The Atlantic:

[M]any students found the video so egregious that they opposed its very presence in class. “That’s like somebody … making a song just littered with the n-word everywhere,” a member of Reedies Against Racism (RAR) told the student newspaper when asked about Martin’s performance. She told me more: The Egyptian garb of the backup dancers and singers — many of whom are African American — “is racist as well. The gold face of the saxophone dancer leaving its tomb is an exhibition of blackface.”

When King Tut launches a crisis on campus 40 years after it was released, that’s when you know we’ve reached critical mass on college campuses. We here at TruthRevolt will gladly continue covering the slow burn of this institute of “higher learning.”

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