After an insensitive joke went horribly wrong, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN that critics are "missing the point," adding that it was scripted.
"Every actor involved, including Hillary Clinton and Leslie Odom Jr., thought it was a joke on a different convention — that was the whole idea," he said.
In an email to Vice, a spokesperson for the mayor said: "Let's be clear, in an evening of satire, the only person this was meant to mock was the mayor himself, period. Certainly no one intended to offend anyone."
In the video of the exchange on Facebook de Blasio posted, the "CP time" joke was cut out.
Inner Circle, a parody group of seasoned American journalists, does an annual show where politicians mock themselves for charity.
This year, it was New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s turn to honor the tradition of embarrassing himself onstage. But he wasn’t alone — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made a surprise cameo to support him.
The theme of the show this year was “Shamilton,” based on Broadway’s sensational hit “Hamilton.” And in stark contrast to the original musical’s unforgettable performances by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the spoof contained a really bad rap by de Blasio around the 6:45 mark in the video above.
But the act wasn’t all fun and games for a lot of viewers who found one of the jokes a little racist.
When — around 7:30 — de Blasio introduces Clinton as "my home girl, Hillary" she says, "Well, I heard my name. Thanks for the endorsement, Bill...took you long enough.”
The mayor replies by saying he couldn’t do it sooner because he operates on “CP time,” which is short for “colored people time,” which is, as some Twitter users pointed out, a racist stereotype.
Urban Dictionary defines the term CP time as “a stereotyping of African-Americans/black people as not punctual/frequently or constantly being late.”
Here’s some reaction from Twitter:
In which Mayor Bill de Blasio says he's running on CP Time.— Demin (@TehDeminz) April 11, 2016
If you're unaware, that means "Colored People Time" https://t.co/5fJn1wsDjz
.@BecketAdams Colored People time. It's a very commonly used phrase. Check out Kanye's "Primetime."— Karol Markowicz (@karol) April 10, 2016
If a white Republican even thought of making a joke on 'CP time', Salon and Fusion wouldn't be able to get out a racism piece quick enough.— Britt (@brittaufait) April 10, 2016
De Blasio said he was running on "CP," time. Not sure how I feel about that— Kayla (@_KJanel) April 10, 2016
The skit came ahead of the New York Democratic primary scheduled to take place on April 19.