Lovitz Says Obama Mockery Drew Death Threats

Discussion in 'Politics' started by JamesL, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. JamesL


    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.
  2. Ricter


    Money buys power, and power begets more money. Besides the accelerating collapse of our food empire, what issue is bigger?
  3. Another Ricter riddle.
  4. pspr


    Liberals always have two sets of rules. One set for them and another for sane people.
  5. Liberals scream "fascism" any chance they get. How many times we heard those cries from 2000-08...yet, we continue along with many of the same policies; in some instances it's only intensified. Yet, because a member of their "team" is in office, it's "justified".
  6. Lucrum


    And not even a good one at that.
  7. wjk


    No riddle here. I think Ricter just described congress.