#1 Lovitz Says Obama Mockery Drew Death Threats08-07-2012, 07:13 PM
Jon Lovitz spent much of George W. Bush’s presidency doing what nearly all of his peers did – making fun of the Commander in Chief.
And no one said a peep.
When the “Saturday Night Live” alum chided President Barack Obama for saying the rich don't pay their fair share earlier this year, he ended up letting a security escort walk him to his car.
Lovitz tells Big Hollywood that his now infamous podcast rant against Obama’s class warfare rhetoric led to death threats left on the voice mail of his Universal City-based comedy club.
“I know where you eat,” one message warned.
The comedian, who owns the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club and Podcast Theatre, says he isn’t concerned about his safety. He is riled up, however, about the media, his fellow Democrats and why questioning the president’s policies means complete strangers now accuse him of being a racist.
The wide-ranging discussion with Big Hollywood also touched on his evolving views on business and the public's reaction to his Obama critiques.
The real story, as Lovitz sees it, is how the press is going after comedians. He praised two conservative media outlets for their coverage of his Obama comments.
“Your site and Twitchy.com, they get the humor. The Huffington Post … their comedy guys have no sense of humor and their headlines are lying,” he says. The latter referenced Lovitz’s guest hosting gig for fellow “SNL” star Dennis Miller on the latter’s weekday radio program.
We never said we wished more comedians would mock Obama, but that’s the way The Huffington Post’s headline read, he explains.
Lovitz also got called a racist for critiquing the president, even though he’s never been associated publicly with any racially insensitive comments. It particularly galls him since one of his next projects is co-starring on “Mr. Box Office,” a new television series with a mostly black cast.
“I don’t see the president as black or white. He’ a man,” Lovitz says, adding he's frustrated by his own party rushing to slap a racist label on him.
"What I find bizarre is how the quote liberals are bringing up race ... saying, 'shut the fuck up.' I find them so close minded. I thought you were liberal," he says. "You should be tolerant of everybody whether they agree with you or not."
Lovitz also takes issue with organizations like GLAAD which pounce on comedians for saying politically incorrect material on stage.
“They don’t understand irony and sarcasm. They take what [comedians] say literally … it’s ridiculous,” he says.
Lovitz hasn’t received any specific feedback, good or bad, from his fellow comedians after the fallout from his Obama comments.
“They’re not not supportive,” he says. The everyday people he meets had a more vocal reaction.
“I can’t tell you how many people came up and thanked me,” he says.
Lovitz isn’t wanting for work these days, and he says his recent publicity hasn't hurt that. His current projects include the upcoming “Grown Ups 2,” the aforementioned sitcom, his comedy club and frequent stand-up appearances (he will appear Aug. 11 along with fellow "SNL" co-star Tim Meadows at the SRC Arena in Syracuse).
It's his chores as a comedy club owner which have given him insight into the current economic situation. He routinely asks fellow business owners how they're managing to make ends meet in this economy, and he usually gets a negative report back.
“I don’t think I really understood what the economy meant to the degree that I do now,” he says.
He’s not blaming Obama for that situation. He’s a registered Democrat, and his beef with the President doesn’t mirror what Miller says on his nationally syndicated radio show. Lovitz is more outraged by Obama's soak the rich rhetoric, which he thinks is a cheap distraction from bigger issues.
Dissing a Muslim holy man will get you a fatwa every time!
08-07-2012, 07:15 PM
Doesn't surprise me in the least....thats what happens with you insult the magic negro...
08-07-2012, 07:24 PMHe is riled up, however, about the media, his fellow Democrats and why questioning the president’s policies means complete strangers now accuse him of being a racist.Be Not Afraid.
08-07-2012, 09:17 PM
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- May 2012
Hopefully Mr. Lovitz will see the full light soon.
08-07-2012, 11:39 PMGovernment is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.
We could say they are spending like drunken sailors. That would be unfair to drunken sailors, they're spending their OWN money.
08-08-2012, 12:26 AM
How much do you want to bet that Lovitz converts to Republican? Look for Dana Carvey to do the same thing. Wait, Dana Carvey already is one...
I'm not how accurate the is. It has Kathy Griffin listed as one. And I don't believe for a second that she is.
Edit: after another look. That was posted in 2003. So I know it isn't accurate now lol.
I love my God, my country, my flag, and my troops ....
08-08-2012, 08:51 AM
I don't know if Dana Carvey is a republican or not, but the Bush family is fond of him. GHW Bush thought his impersonation was amusing, and he has invited Carvey to visit before. Al Franken, of all people, noted this in one of his books, in which he describes an encounter he had in which he pestered Barbara Bush on a plane. Barbara referred to Dana as a "good person" in a manner that conveyed that she did not feel the same way about Franken-the story is funny, and does not make the former first lady look bad.
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