"The Real" is reacting to Mike Bloomberg’s controversial comments about Cory Booker.
While speaking to members of the press in Georgia on Friday, the former New York City mayor apologized for calling fellow Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker “well-spoken” during an interview with “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King.
Though Booker praised Bloomberg for the support he gave him when he was mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Cory told the “Signal Boost” radio show on SiriusXM that he “was taken aback” by Mike’s remarks.
The current New Jersey senator added it was “sort of stunning at times that we are still revisiting these sort of tired, you know, tropes or the language we have out there that folks, I don't think understand — the fact that they don't understand is problematic.”
On Monday’s live episode of “The Real,” hosts Loni Love, Adrienne Houghton, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley discussed Bloomberg’s words — which Love described as a “back-handed compliment.”
Houghton echoed Booker’s point, and said society still needs to be educated about racial sensitivity.
“Why are they still not aware that that is offensive to say? Clearly, people still are not aware,” Adrienne exclaimed. “That’s why we have to have these conversations that educate people. It is a back-handed compliment.”
The singer added, “But I also think it’s not just race. We also see this a lot of times done with age, and also with gender… They’ll say comments like… ‘Wow, I’m impressed. She’s very well-spoken.’”
When Love brought up Bloomberg’s net worth, saying, “You would think a person that’s worth that much money would know,” Mai responded, “Money doesn’t always mean diversity. We don’t know who his friends are. We don’t know if everybody is a mixed-race crowd in his [circle of friends.] Somebody has to be of color… to say, ‘You might not want to say that.’”
Though Mowry-Housley believes Bloomberg’s comments implied that “he was surprised that [Booker] was well-spoken,” she is glad the Bloomberg L.P. founder immediately apologized.
“He didn’t deny it; he used it as a learning moment,” she added.
“It’s time for it to stop, 'cause we don’t want the young people thinking that it’s okay,” Loni concluded. “So I’m happy that Cory Booker called him out on it, because that’s the only way you’re going to stop it, by saying, ‘Hey, it’s wrong.’”