Andrew Ishee and Scalping Indians
Andrew Ishee has been criticized for a politically incorrect comment he made while introducing the Jody Brown Indian Family in a Friday Afternoon showcase. Apparently Ishee said “we need not fear these Indians. They’re nice Indians and they won’t come after your scalp or anything.'”
Critics have used this and similar incidents to portray Southern Gospel performers as politically incorrect, backwoods rednecks. But this misses the context, and thus the whole point, of the joke.
In Gold City’s set on Monday night, Jonathan Wilburn introduced Gold City bass Tex McCune, an American Indian, with a joke that played off the sonic similarity of “engine” and “Injun.” Tex McCune acted offended. When Jonathan Wilburn asked him why, he said, “I’m admiring your scalp.” (At this point Jonathan begged Danny Riley to calm him down.)
In all likelihood, Ishee’s joke about Indians coming after your scalp was made in light of the Wilburn/McCune joke on Monday.
While I’m not suggesting that Ishee is making (or, for that matter should make) any attempt to conform to the unrealistic liberal definition of political correctness, there is a reasonable explanation for this joke when it is understood in the proper context of the earlier joke at the quartet convention.