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August 07, 2012

Jon Lovitz: You Know, I'm Beginning To Suspect That The Self-Styled Agents of Tolerance on the Left May Not In Fact Be Very Tolerant At All

Tolerance, yeah. That's the ticket.

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.

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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.

One thing he's on about -- as are other comedians -- is the gag-order coming down from the Tender Forces of Sensitivity Enforcement on over-the-line jokes like Dane Cook's or Daniel Tosh's. Cook joked about the Aurora shootings; Tosh about rape; and Lovitz about Obama (and you can see how those things are all equally sensitive, no?).

With all respect to Hipster McGoo Zack Galafinakis (however it's spelled), this is a truly creepy development.


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