George Laraque And Colby Armstrong Teamed Up For An Insanely Racist Prank When They Played For The Penguins
Puck Daddy- In this story he tells how, one day after practice, Georges Laraque stormed into the locker room absolutely furious, threatening to trash the place. Players gathered around and Laraque showed a picture pinned at his locker room stall – a drawing of a monkey with a banana.
So of course everybody started to freak out a bit, worried this could destroy the team. Laraque demanded to know who did it, and after a while, Colby Armstrong stepped up and admitted he did it.
Others wanted to know why would he do such a thing.
Armstrong replied: "What do you mean? He is a [N-word], isn't he?"
Laraque just snapped and attacked Armstrong, and others tried to break them up, worried somebody might get seriously hurt. But suddenly it ended with Armstrong and Laraque laughing – it was just a prank, albeit a bit over the top. No one had suspected anything, since the guys had acted their parts so fine. But it was a hoax.
Incredible. Just incredible. That's how you prank people. Was it a little over the top to introduce a racial slur into the locker room for dramatic effect? Yeah, of course it was, but as long as it was the black guy's idea then no harm, no foul. Plus, to get your audience to genuinely buy into the legitimacy of what's taking place you really got to sell it well. I am going to go out on a limb and say that George Laraque and Colby Armstrong didn't exactly graduate from film school. However, even if their acting left a lot to be desired, the presence of the 'N' word automatically makes everyone take the situation seriously. You can't just assume that it's a gag when you got a black guy holding a picture of monkey eating a banana that someone shoved in his locker. It's better to be safe then sorry, and laughing at the black dude, whose career was predicated on fighting, when he may have been dealing with a true act of racism is not a chance I would be willing to take. This had everything you want out of a prank. It had confusion, it had panic. it had shock value, it had relief, and most importantly, it ended with laughter and a priceless memory for everyone involved.
It's actually a genius move for George Laraque to organize this. He's the big black fighter in a room with a bunch of Europeans that have may never interacted with an African American before. You have to break that tension by showing them that you're one of the guys just like them. He probably didn't have to scare their dicks into their assholes to do it, but let's face it, it's wayyy funnier that way. You just know their was some Swedish rookie sitting in the corner that needed his diaper changed after Laraque attacked Armstrong. That same guy, to this day, probably has no idea what the fuck happened in that locker room. Hey, if you're the lone minority on the team then you've got to use your skin color to your advantage somehow. Might as well use it to pull a stunt that will ultimately bring the team closer together. You know I'm not going to be the one to sit here and question a sick and twisted sense of humor.
P.S. I guess George Laraque is saying that this isn't exactly how it went down and some of this story was lost in translation. To that I say, he's got his story, and now I have mine.
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