Celebrity Roasts have become a hit amongst fans over the last few years, sprouting similar events like the one held on October 7 for former Vice President Dick Cheney. The events are usually a comedic event filled with jokes and harsh ribbing, Cheney’s was no different complete with waterboarding and mentions of Indian squaws.
According to Buzzfeed, the event was held at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan and featured commentary by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld; former Attorney General Michael Mukasey; and Senator Joe Lieberman and others.
Buzzfeed reports two attendees felt the jokes were in appropriate spirit of a roast, while one felt that “there were some waterboarding jokes that were really tasteless.”
Cheney himself joked about waterboarding centering “on a one-shot antelope hunting contest in Wyoming in which the loser had to dance with an Indian squaw.” Following a dispute in the story, Leno, according to Cheney, “joked that Cheney wanted to go catch the animal with his bare hands and waterboard it.”
There were plenty of other jokes about President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and others, but none stood out more than the light mocking of waterboarding and the use of an Indian squaw as a form of punishing the loser.