It’s interesting how people will laugh when someone makes racist remarks but may angered by another person who could be making the same racist remarks. The difference in our reaction to racist comments has to do with the position they hold in the public arena more than it has to do with their tone.
A politician has a serious job. We vote them into office to represent us and speak for us. When they make a racist remark it shouldn’t be taken lightly even if it’s just a comment on how Hispanics may look Asian. Racist remarks have a sort of connection to ignorance, and it’s not funny when politicians make racist comments because we don’t want an ignorant person representing us and making appalling comments that may pertain to us personally. In the video below a teen directly asked her about the racist depiction of Mexicans in her ads and she doesn't even bother to deny it, but simply said that she may not immediately identify them as criminal Mexicans at first glance. We know that Asian-looking Mexicans exist but it’s sad because it seems like she can’t control her racism.
A comedian may sound serious when making racist comments as Stephen Colbert usually does, but his job is to make people laugh and he uses a humorous tone all throughout his racist statements. He doesn’t laugh while he makes his statements but he sort of smirks…altogether we know that he is saying them with the purpose of making us laugh. Sometimes he presents very racist arguments only to prove that the racism is debauched as he does in the video below.