Here’s a new one: An iconic Jewish comedian whose politics lean to the (gulp) right.
Interviewed on Accuracy in Media’s Take AIM, Jackie Mason expresses his concern about the “Obama Effect” on his fellow funnymen.
“All the comedians are on his side. They’re all very leftist liberals. So they don’t even tell a joke about Barack Obama,” the onetime rabbi tells host Roger Aronoff.
“They just do worshipful speeches about him. All of a sudden he became god to them. They sound like, when they refer to him, like he’s the pope.
“They’re afraid to mention one critical word about him. So the humor has left all the comedians, even Jay Leno,” continues Jackie, who played Jew #1 at the Spanish Inquisition in Mel Brooks‘ History of the World: Part 1.
Jackie also plies his trademark wit when riffing on the president’s relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright—his pastor at Chicago’s Trinity Church for 20 years, who was widely criticized during Election ’08 for, among other inflammatory rhetoric, asserting that America had brought on the 9/11 attached with its own “terrorism.”
“Can you imagine if [John] McCain went to Ku Klux Klan meetings every day for 20 years—and came back saying, ‘I didn’t know what they were talking about over there. How would I know? I wasn’t listening. I saw sheets and pillowcases. I didn’t know what it was,'” says Jackie.
“‘They say Ku Klux. I thought Ku Klux sounded like a Chinese restaurant. I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t know what they did there. And I didn’t know what they were talking about.'”
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