NYC mayor criticized for racially-tinged joke

Posted at 5:44 AM, Apr 12, 2016

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is defending a racial joke he told Saturday night during a skit with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Clinton and de Blasio attended New York's Inner Circle dinner on Saturday. 

During the event, the two politicians rapped with Broadway actor Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr in the musical "Hamilton."

However, the problem occurred when Clinton joked about how long it took de Blasio to endorse her.

"Thanks for the endorsement, Bill. It took you long enough," Clinton quipped.

"Sorry Hillary, I was running on ‘CP Time,’" responded de Blasio.

Odom jumped in and said, "I don't like jokes like that, Bill."

Also known as "Colored People's Time,” it’s a stereotype about African-Americans being late to appointments.

On Monday, the New York mayor was on CNN’s "Erin Burnett OutFront" and defended the comment.

“It was clearly a staged show, it was a scripted show. And the whole idea was to do the counter-intuitive and say 'Cautious Politician time.' Every actor involved including Hillary Clinton and Leslie Odom Junior thought it was a joke on a different convention.  That was the whole idea of it. So, I think people are missing the point here," said Burnett.

Portions courtesy of CNN Newsource