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Jackie Mason: Obama's a "Schwartza"

3/15/2009 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jackie MasonComedian Jackie Mason used what some say is a racial epithet in describing President Barack Obama during his act Thursday night, infuriating at least several people in the crowd.

During a performance at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in NYC, Mason referred to Obama as a "schwartza" -- some say it's equivalent to the "N" word -- others say it's just part of the Yiddish culture and a literal translation of the word "Black."

We're told one person walked out fuming, "He's more offensive to the Jews than Madoff tonight."

We spoke with Mason by phone a few minutes ago, and he was outraged at the criticism, saying, "I'm not going to defend myself. Chris Rock has told a lot more jokes about whites than I have against Blacks. What about the demeaning words Blacks say about Jews?"

Mason added, "If it's a racist society, the white people are the ones being persecuted because they have to defend themselves." Mason called people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson "professional racists."

Mason added, "I'm an old Jew. I was raised in a Jewish family where 'schwartza' was used. It's not a demeaning word and I'm not going to defend myself."

And there was this parting shot: "I'm more talented than Oprah Winfrey and look at how much she makes. I can't even make a living."

UPDATE:
Rev. Al Sharpton just sent us this statement:

"At this stage in Jackie's life and career he should get our prayers more than our responses. It is sad that maybe he forgot he used the same term against Mayor David Dinkins when he was elected the first African-American Mayor of New York City and got in trouble for it. As for him attacking me, maybe he forgot that he has had me on his TV show and has taken me to dinner and commended me for forgiving a white male who tried to kill me by stabbing me while I was leading a non-violent march. I'm sure Jackie just forgot."

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harry Light    

Jackie Mason is a sad, old Jew.

1002 days ago
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jb    

You were full of "DREK' in 1953 at the Ester-Manor Comedy Room in the Catskills where I heard you for the 1st time and you were booed-off the stage as you were tonight on ABC Radio-77 But don't worry about it - they'll easily find your grave when your gone by the smell emanating from it

835 days ago
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Lilian    

He dates with a Schwartza and she is very fat 300 pounds may bel. So what's wrong about him calling him so. He loves Schwartza.

822 days ago
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Lilian    

He is self surving fake. My friend commented against him in his YOUTUBE. Immediately erased. Not only, his email was hacked. Don't believe what you see.
He currently has a 300 pound black gal pal whom he brings to his builing.

822 days ago
740.

TheTruthIsHere    

But...he's a k y k e. :(

Where's H i t l e r when you need him? Maybe the Fuehrer can find an unoccupied Domino's oven for this one.

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