Jamie Foxx is a comedian. No, really, he is. He’s a comedian. That’s why The Soloist is such a laugh-riot. He’s a comedian.
You know what that means. Sometimes Jamie Foxx has been known to push the boundaries of taste. Maybe he’ll make an off-colour remark here, or embark upon an entire offensive movie career there. And that’s because Jamie Foxx is a comedian. It’s what he does. But there’s a line.
And that line is roughly located right before you suggest that Miley Cyrus should become a lesbian crack addict, if Jamie’s grovelling apology is anything to go by.
Jamie Foxx is a modern-day renaissance man. We think. ‘Renaissance man’ does mean that you do a lot of things but none of them particularly well, doesn’t it? Anyway, you just need to look at Jamie Foxx’s biography to know we’re right. He’s tried everything – acting on TV, acting in a fairly balanced selection of decent and appalling films, making three R&B albums that genuinely couldn’t be any less essential if they were made out of butter, deliberately misspelling his surname in order to make him seem like a massive show-off turd – everything.
But at heart Jamie Foxx has always been a comedian, and his lifelong inability to ever say or do anything even remotely amusing shouldn’t detract from that. Why, just the other day Jamie Foxx decided to use his Sirius radio show to turn his comedy spotlight onto 16-year-old Miley Cyrus:
“Who is Miley Cyrus? The one with all the gums? She’s got to get a gum transplant! … make a sex tape and grow up. Get like Britney Spears and do some heroin. Do like Lindsay Lohan and start seeing a lesbian and get some crack in your pipe. Catch chlamydia on a bicycle seat? That’s what I want.”
However, Jamie Foxx is nothing if not a realist. He’s seen how similar outbursts by comedians like Michael Richards and Mel Gibson have threatened to put an end to their careers – plus they were only offending entire communities, not anything serious like a solitary teenage millionaire – which is why Jamie Foxx decided the only way to put everything right was to go on Jay Leno and apologise relentlessly like a child or a woman would. Jamie said:
“I so apologize … and this is sincere. I am a comedian, and you guys know that whatever I say, I don’t mean any of it. I have a radio show… We’re really the black Howard Stern. We go at everybody. There was a situation with Miley Cyrus, and I just want to say, I apologize for what I said. I didn’t mean it maliciously. You know I’m a comedian. You know my heart. Miley, I apologize, so I’ll call you. I got a daughter too, so I completely understand.”
Nice try, Jamie Foxx, but this strikes us as too little too late. The wheels of outrage have already been set in motion, and they’re going to trundle along until they reach their inevitable messy conclusion. And when that happens, and Miley Cyrus records 15 hour-long YouTube videos ranting away at how much of a douchebag Jamie Foxx is with her stupid insufferable voice until we all have strokes and die, Jamie will have nobody to blame but himself.