Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
– Boston Herald cartoonist Jerry Holbert apologized Wednesday for a cartoon some people are viewing as racist. In the cartoon, which pokes fun at the White House security lapse, an intruder in the bathtub says to a surprised Barack Obama while he brushes his teeth, “Have you tried the new watermelon flavored toothpaste?”
Holbert insisted he meant no offense by the reference to watermelon.
Callahan said the cartoon wasn’t funny, but it wasn’t offensive.
“I agree it’s stupid, but it can’t be racist or he wouldn’t have done it,” Callahan said. “It’s dumb, it’s stupid. But he clearly is ignorant of this stereotype.
“If I’m just landed here from outer space, I would say, ‘Why is it racist? Why?’ ”
Suggested Callahan: “I would have had him ordering a cheeseburger and having Michelle yell at him because of all the fat and calories.”
– Ricki Noel Lander, girlfriend of Patriots owner Robert Kraft, landed a bit part in the season premiere of the CBS show “Blue Bloods,” according to the Boston Herald.
Kraft is known to have a close relationship with CBS president Les Moonves.
“How did she get a spot on a CBS show? I don’t know how that happened,” Minihane deadpanned.
Said Callahan, “She just must be supremely gifted.”
– A white Ohio woman is suing an Illinois sperm bank, claiming she was inseminated with sperm from a black donor by mistake. Jennifer Cramblett, 36, is raising her mixed-race child with her lesbian partner and says the 2-year-old faces multiple challenges in the all-white community of Uniontown, Ohio.
“This is 2014, give me a break,” said an unsympathetic Minihane.
Minihane recounted his own experience with looking at sperm-donor candidates, although he and his wife did not go through with that option.
“We had a certain age, we had a certain education, the color, obviously, I would have preferred a honky but I would have taken anyone,” Minihane said. “I didn’t really care.”