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Jackie Mason -- How Dare You Say I'm Racist

3/16/2009 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Comedian Jackie Mason was pissed Sunday as he left a gig in New Jersey, in the wake of criticism that he was wrong to have called President Barack Obama a "schwartza."

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TMZ posted a story yesterday about Mason's performance Thursday at Feinstein's at the Loews Regency in NYC. He referred to the Prez as a "schwartza" -- the literal translation in Yiddish is "Black" -- but some say it's a disparaging reference to African Americans, akin to the "N" word.

Mason repeated his frustration -- he believes "White people have no freedom of speech." He also says there's a complete double standard -- that Chris Rock can trash whites without apology or criticism.

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61.

Bothwings    

Calling an African American "black" is not the same as calling them the "N" word. It's like calling a Caucasian a "white", which is not the same as calling them a "hick", or a "honky". I am an "African/Native American". You can alternatively call me a "Black/Red man" if you like. There is nothing derogatory about that. People need to get a pair, you know?

2017 days ago
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sarah    

He is right and I am really sick of it!
People make fun of whitey non stop, hahah it's funny but any other race it is racist!
I also wonder what would happen if there were things like Miss white america, or the white college kids fund, or the white tv channel, white poker tourny, because other races seem have these racist things, only they are not considerered racist.

2017 days ago
63.

SickofTMZ    


Keep on keeping on Jackie! The only group that is acceptable to trash is Whites. The level of politcal correctness is nauseating! Jackie you speak the truth and everyone knows it.

2017 days ago
64.

aww    

I totally agree with him. If blacks can call white people crackers and white boy, why not. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Get over it!

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JeffinSac    

I guess no one on TMZ staff has seem the movie Spaceballs before and maybe they should before claiming this is a racist comment. May the Schwartz be with you.

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66.

Jackie Not So Much For Me    

Jackie Mason tried to date me via Match.com. One of his "handlers" contacted me and duped me into believing this "hugely famous and wealthy" guy was in his late 40s and wanted to date me. Imagine my utter shock when I saw Jackie Mason at the table. I said that I wasn't hungry; he insisted that I order the Caesar salad that he proceed to eat off of my plate; and we talked about his career -- he was actually quite hilarious but SO OLD. I described the date more fully in post 278. Oy vey ...

2017 days ago
67.

Sam    

I was not born racist, but I become more and more rasist every day. Everytime a race card is played inappropriatly I move more to the side of racism. I will never be a White Supremist..But I will not hire a black..no will I give one a fair shake..Til that race card throwing is removed thats the way it is...Wanna be treated equal act equal..

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68.

Mr. X    

Jackie's right. Look at the hypocrites whining. Don't be surprised when you know who comes out protesting Jackie.

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~Garp & Triforce Luvva~    

:::TRIPLE APPLAUSE for Vita and Kas::: I, too, am sick of the racist card being thrown over things that happened 4 to 5 HUNDRED years ago. *I* don't owe YOU jack! YOU wish to succeed in this world? Grow the hell UP and TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN LIFE AND ACTIONS!!! Continuously saying that the white race, AS A WHOLE, owes you... is plain ignorant. Next time someone throws a *race card* or starts yelling *RACISM*, ask them to name the relative(s) that was enslaved, the name of the slave owners... AND which part of the MOTHERLAND they hail from. Betcha 99.999999999% of the time that they won't know. It is easy to use the words *slavery* and *oppression* (THAT NEVER HAPPENED TO YOU). Much harder to EDUCATE yourself on your lineage.

So, why can't we ALL just be Americans and get over it?!?!?!?

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Liv    

He's right. He should be able to say whatever he wants and not get criticisized for it. And for every person who tries to say he's wrong by saying did african american people have freedom of speech when they were being beaten by slave owners or beng hanged? its not happening anymoer is it? you should get over yourself, people in the past made mistakes, slavery was wrong and most people will agree with that, but quit using it as an excuse, people now are not the slaves nor the slave owners. and not many people had freedom of speech at all back then.

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K.C.    

What an idiot! His overreaction shows his guilt.

2017 days ago
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Luciana    

8. He is RIGHT
White people do NOT have freedom of speech!
"REV" Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton will use any and all excuses to say WHITE people are racist!
He did NOT even say anything racist but still people want to make an issue out of nothing!!

ITS OK TO MAKE FUN OF WHITE PEOPLE AND MAKE RACIST COMMENTS....
BUT BETTER NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU CAN SAY SOMETHING THAT IS NOT RACIST AND STILL HERE WE ARE WHERE 2 MORONS WANT TO TRY TO MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

Now, there will be black people trying to sue Jackie Mason because of the jokes...
Just wait...

This is an opportunity for all the ignorant black people to get one up on the MAN (lol)

(not all black people-- only the ignorant ones)

I am sure that there will be some of you reading this that will have something smart to say about my comments and call me racist...
BUT...
I AM WHITE AND I HAVE THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND IT DOES NOT MAKE ME RACIST IN ANY WAY FOR WHAT I HAVE JUST SAID

Just sick of the double standards

Posted at 12:56AM on Mar 16th 2009 by ☆★RoXaNnE☆★
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13. Jackie Mason is 100% correct, the hypocrisy of black people is astounding. They make as much fun of whites calling them "cracker" and much worse...I hate political correctness. Its destroying this society...

Posted at 1:02AM on Mar 16th 2009 by Rory D

TWO THUMBS UP AND A WEEK OF APPLAUSE!!!!

2017 days ago
73.

Team Kim    

He is not a racist at all....That's that way it is...mention the word "black" and in some way, it becomes racist...HOWEVER...the same does not hold true for the word "white"....how about a White Enterrainment Channel since it is ok to have a Black Entertainment Television (BET)... let's watch the hairs on the back of Rev. Al's neck stand up on that one...I am far from prejudice...but, I am sooooooooooooo sick and tired of a "double" standard and the people who cry wolf everytime the word "black" is used referred to or whatever........

Most all comedians make fun of all races, to make their joke, friggen relax already

2017 days ago
74.

seriously    

I think it's ok to use race in comedy.A lot of the time it's funny,no matter who's telling the joke or what race they're talking about.My only vice is his responce to the racist accusation.Why bring in what somebody else is doing.Plead your case that it was innocent ,and let others hassle over it and waste thier time if they want to.Here he makes it seem as if he said it maliciously because of his immediate comparison to what a comedian of the opposite race said.It's as if hes been holding these feelings of offence and disgust for years.Lighten up people,give the future generations a chance to live together in peace

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75.

Luciana    

#54 The number of blacks in jail is a clear consequence of years of oppression that stems from racism and slavery.

PUT DOWN THE CRACK PIPE!!! GEEBUS, I'M SO SICK OF LISTENING TO MORONS BLAME SLAVERY FOR THE CURRENT STATE OF BLACK AMERICANS!! SLAVERY WAS ABOLISHED IN 1866, YOUR GRANDPARENTS WEREN'T EVEN SLAVES, THAT'S AN DUMB ASS, LAME EXCUSE FOR BAD BEHAVIOR. IT'S LAZINESS, IT'S YEARS OF A MISGUIDED SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT, "I WAS BORN & DIDN'T ASK TO BE HERE THEREFORE THE GOV'T AND EVERY WHITE PERSON IN THE COUNTRY OWES ME, SHOULD SUPPORT ME AND MY FAMILY AND GIVE ME WHATEVER I WANT. IF THEY WON'T GIVE ME THEN I'LL JUST TAKE WHAT I CAN GET BY BREAKING INTO YOUR HOUSE, YOUR BUSINESS AND SNAGGING WHAT YOU AND YOURS HAVE WORKED YOUR ASS OFF TO BUY LEGALLY". YEAH, I SAID IT AND 80% OF THE REST OF THE POSTERS HERE AGREE WITH ME, IT JUST TOOK SOMEONE SICK AND TIRED OF YOUR WHINING, FED UP WITH YOUR LAME ASS EXCUSES TO FINALLY SAY IT!!

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