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Will Not Be Institutionalized

11/5/2007 5:48 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Winsome crooner Barry Manilow isn't known for his sparkling wit -- and it was proven recently when his mild crack was smashed by the Smithsonian Institution. Nobody f**ks with the Smithsonian Institution!

Barry Manilow
OK! magazine reports that by request of the museum, Manilow donated the hyper-hideous jacket he wore for his Copacabana routine. When he was asked about it, he said, "I always knew the jacket would wind up in an institution." The staid Smithsonian was not amused -- and returned the jacket to Barry, saying, "You can't make fun of the Smithsonian." Well!

The jacket's now hanging at the Copacabana Bar at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. Guess the Smithsonian doesn't know a national treasure when it sees one.


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omg I can't believe all you people! I think Barry showed a lot of wit when he said this and of course the Smithsonian, who has the reputation of sour pussed faced employees, apparently have no sense of humor. I've seen this shirt and it's really pretty cool in person. This shirt was worn in early concerts as a fun thing when singing "Copa". Barry has always seem to have a pretty good sense of humor. Those of you who say he's old and tired have obviously not seen him in concert! If you say all his songs are old-you are so mistaken! Take a little trip to Vegas and see him at the Hilton. He has changed the minds of many people who were dragged to his show. He truly is awesome and deserves his title of "legendary" because he is. He has more talent in his pinkie than most of us do in our entire bodies. Go to and read his bio! Then come back and say how awful he is.
And yah, he's had some plastic surgery done, but really who cares? I've seen him many times up close and I mean up close and he looks very good!
So if you've dissed Barry-just shut up until you know your facts.

2542 days ago

It's a shame that the Smithsonian has become politicized. I guess none of the "All in the Family" furnishings would have made it in either if politics were a part of the decision-making in the past. Thanks George Bush for bringing this to our world of art. What's next Picassos removed from the museums.

2541 days ago
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