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Turk Reporter to Obama - Once You Go Blackface...

4/8/2009 12:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Long known for their biting social commentary, a Turkish TV reporter donned blackface during a newscast yesterday while doing a report about President Barack Obama.



Al Jolson would be proud. Everyone else? Not so much ...

UPDATE -- TMZ spoke to a translator at the Turkish Bureau of Tourism who told us the video is actually pretty funny, if you speak Turkish. Apparently there is even a Clinton/Lewinsky joke. Those funny Turks!

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Michael Madsen    

Finally... some real comedy

1973 days ago
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Michael Madsen    

Hey, It's Ted Danson!

1973 days ago
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artie help    

sarafina and teri . I wasn't there i didn't see the president and i don't approve of blackface. BUT you suck.

1973 days ago
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Michael Madsen    

Coming up on the program... Miley Cyrus and her dad doing their impression of Asian People... we'll be right back after this word from Kiwi Shoe Polish.

1973 days ago
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Dianne    

Grow up - why is this president any different than the ones before him? Why are so many people afraid to make a joke about a black man? Why are we so immature? It's funny - live with it

1973 days ago
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Rob    

You liberal morons always want to project YOUR values on the rest of the world.... get an educaton, get off welfare, quit looking to control everyone with your socialist policies.

NOBAMA!

1973 days ago
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jeezlouise    

Barry the impostor is clueless and has coward down to Muslim leaders like a little puppet. He is not a man-and should not represent the U.S.- Oh, and Barry isnt Black either. His mother is Caucasian...
Barry seems to think that if we pander to the Islamic Extremists that want "death to America" they will want to be our friends. They dont... They want our heads cut off. Barry is very naive, and will be challenged by the very people he seeks to break bread with.

1973 days ago
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Divashels    

it's not cause he is black that i am offened (i am white by the way) it's cause i am sick of other countries thinkin they are better then us they NEED US!!! we don't need them ..yet turkey will have it's hand out like all arab countries looking for money yet this is what they really think about us all of us balck white hispanic this is how they see us I WANT THEM TO DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1973 days ago
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jeezlouise    

Its funny that no Nobama supporters are on yet- they are all still asleep. Why get up unless its to see if the check is in the mail?

1973 days ago
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josi    

I'm not african american but I can see how people can find this offensive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe it was comedy for them but other people might not find it the same way that he meant it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1973 days ago
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Now what now?    

I would need to know what the heck he is saying to determine if it is offensive or not. Why is he wearing blackface? Is he pretending to be President Obama? I just don't get it.

1973 days ago
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Lynnette    

This is a silly attempt at laughs. Whatever. Nothing to get riled up about, but it is offensive.

I always laugh when people say President Obama isn't Black. Yes, he is. He may not be fully African American, he may have a mixed background, but he is fully Black.

He is just as Black as Bob Marley, Halle Berry, Frederick Douglass, Lenny Kravitz, and countless others... You don't have to have 2 Black parents in order to be Black...DUHHHHHHH!!

1973 days ago
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Lucie in the Sky with Diamonds    

TO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT FOUND THIS OFFENSIVE - GUESS WHAT? CHANGE THE CHANNEL! I WAS HUGE OBAMA SUPPORTER & I FOUND THIS HILARIOUS. IT'S A JOKE PEOPLE. I HATED GEORGE BUSH & THAT MAN GOT HIS NAME SMEARED ALL OVER THE PLACE. TO ME - THAT'S THE PRICE YOU PAY WHEN YOU'RE IN THE POSITION HE IS. LIGHTEN UP EVERYONE! OOPS! BAD CHOICE OF WORDS

1973 days ago
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mellon bruse N    

2 try to get viewers but it fails again so TMZ sends out some mob hord flash crews to BUILD a story form a pile of masonicshieltSS.That too fails so TMZ goes EEE that fails also and they take TMZ off the airways.I`am just saying there`s allways one in the crowd running thier yap and molesting someone for TMZ that gets payed by TMZ and hollywoodZZ coverup rip off crews.

1973 days ago
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del    

11. Its funny that no Nobama supporters are on yet- they are all still asleep. Why get up unless its to see if the check is in the mail?

Posted at 11:58AM on Apr 8th 2009 by Jeezlouise

There's a concept called time zones. Learn about it.

1973 days ago
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