When Columbus High principal Marvin Crumbs was re-assigned last week for playing Ron White’s “You Can’t Fix Stupid” bit during a staff meeting, the comedian was quick to come to his defense. He took to Twitter and spoke out against the move in interviews with local and national media, lending his popularity to the movement to get Crumbs his job back.
Wednesday night, hours after the Muscogee County School Board reinstated Crumbs, White held a party at his Suwannee, Ga., home to celebrate the decision.
“It’s not that distinguished,” White quipped when asked who attended. “We’re probably going to get drunk anyway, but we kinda just threw a title on it.”
The timing of the controversy could not have been better for White, who is scheduled to perform at the RiverCenter in Columbus Saturday night. But White said he was so appalled by the decision to re-assign Crumbs that he would have gotten involved even if his material hadn’t been the impetus of objection.
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“We don’t have a surplus of educators sitting around waiting to take Dr. Crumbs’ job,” White said in a telephone interview from the party.
White said he wasn’t surprised by Wednesday’s reversal, adding he expected Crumbs to be reinstated before he came to town this weekend.
“I was actually very, very pleased that they did the right thing,” he added. “All the kids said this guy needs to be our principal. He has a doctorate in education with a flawless record and you fired him for playing two minutes of one my bits?”
Crumbs wasn’t even the one who made the crude references to breasts; he left that to White, the comedian noted: “So now you’re going to give him a life sentence that’s going to be on his record forever and ever for that?” he said. “I smelled somebody with an agenda to get somebody off of that position.”
School officials have said in recent days the Crumbs episode marks a teachable moment for impressionable students. White would agree.
“If you see an injustice, just because somebody’s older than you doesn’t mean they’re right,” he said, crediting Columbus High students for demonstrating on school grounds and voicing their dissatisfaction with the re-assignment.
“If you see an injustice, do exactly what these kids did,” he said. “They were just a remarkable example for all of us. Stand up and say, ‘No, this is wrong.’”