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I always joke when I’m running late for a show (God awful C train). It will be okay because Broadway runs on C.P. time.

We all know C.P. time, it’s the reason you write in the event invitations a start time that is two hours before the actual start time because you know your family is always running on C.P. time. If you are somehow unaware of CPT it stands for “Colored People Time” a common stereotype that black folks joke as a reason for being late to an event or a black event not starting on time.

So, how did Mayor Bill de Blasio even fix his mouth to say CP time? Well, the event was the annual Inner Circle Dinner roast in New York City Saturday night, the event is essentially the NYC equivalent of the President Correspondents Dinner. As expected there are going be jokes and punches thrown, we all love a politician that can take a good joke. But what makes a good joke? When presidential candidate Hillary Clinton jokes and says, “I just have to say thanks for the endorsement, Bill. Took you long enough.” It was then when he replied with the really awkward, “Sorry Hillary, I was running on C.P. Time.” Wait, what? Sorry my friend but we feel a bit uncomfortable.

Hamilton star, Leslie Odom Jr., who was onstage at the time, cut in with “That’s not–I don’t like jokes like that, Bill.”

Clinton added awkwardly that she was referring to the other CP time, “Cautious politician time … ” Oh, okay that makes it better, but does it really? While we are aware this was a staged skit, we can’t help but to think the timing of this joke is way off, especially in light of recent events. But, I digress what constitutes as  funny is different for every person.

Watch the exchange below:

What do you think did they go too far? Did you think it was “funny”?

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