Paul later appeared on an episode of “Cari & Jemele (Won’t) Stick to Sports” on Vice TV, where co-host Jemele Hill posed what may be the dumbest question of 2020: Was it racist to knock his opponent out?
The former ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor started the segment by asking, “Jake, considering where we are right now in our racial conversation in America, was what you did to Nate Robinson racist?”
Paul handled the question fine by telling Hill to stop playing, but she came at him again. “Listen Jake, it’s a sensitive time right now. We just had to witness a white man knock a black man smooth out in front of all of America, so that’s why I asked that,” Hill said, while laughing.
Paul attempted to deflect, but then co-host Cari Champion posed the question to him again: “Was it racist to knock a black man out?”
“Stop asking me that. I said no,” a visibly irritated Paul replied. “It’s a shitty question – it’s a sport.”
Champion asked him why it is a shitty question, to which Paul replied, “How does this have anything to do with race? It doesn’t.”
A straight-faced Champion replied that, “It’s a fine question, we’ve got to wake you up. You’ve got to be part of this conversation.”
Watch the exchange:
In response to backlash to the segment, Hill and Champion both took to Twitter to clarify that they were only joking.
“It’s a late night talk show that comes on at 11:30p. It ain’t supposed to be PBS. I also didn’t realize I wasn’t permitted to joke about race just because I also have the range to talk about it seriously,” Hill said.
In response to a person that then commented that the joke “absolutely stunk”, Hill replied, “I can accept that. That’s fair criticism. But people are actually criticizing me off the idea it’s a serious question.”
Champion said that they were trolling, and that “This wasn’t an interview with weight. It was sarcastic.” She then encouraged people to watch the full episode for context.
Regardless, it’s nice to see Jake Paul apply the sweet science to knocking some common sense into the Woke Left.