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Richard Belzer


at TV Festival

6/12/2012 2:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

2:44 PM PDT -- Belzer has issued a statement to TMZ ... saying, "My grandfather represented Israel in the UN before it was made a nation. I'm a Jewish comedian, and there's this new thing out, it's called satire, irony and historical reference."

He adds, "To say that a Jew can't do that gesture as homage to Chaplin's masterpiece, 'The Great Dictator' is like Muslim extremists killing a cartoonist for disparaging Mohammed in his art."

2:32 PM PDT --
A rep for Belzer tells TMZ ... Richard was involved in a conversation with a reporter about the Charlie Chaplin movie, "The Great Dictator" ... when Richard decided to re-enact a scene from the movie when Charlie's character gave a mock Nazi salute.

The rep says Belzer is a "Jewish comedian" and is upset and insulted that anyone would assume he would deliver the Nazi salute in a "negative" way.

"Law & Order" star Richard Belzer threw up the Nazi salute on the red carpet at a TV festival in Monte Carlo earlier today ... because he's an idiot.

67-year-old Belzer -- who reportedly grew up in a Jewish family -- also stuck two fingers on his upper lip, in what appears to be an attempt to simulate the infamous Hitler mustache.

Belzer also bent over and stuck his ass out at the paparazzi ... for some unknown reason.

0612_RICHARD_BELZER_rameyIt's not the first time Belzer has thrown the Nazi salute in public -- he pulled the "Heil Hitler" schtick during an appearance on Hannity back in 2009.


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Mumra the Ever Living    

Without the context of the cir***stances or what was being said, the story is meaningless.

831 days ago

Mumra the Ever Living    

Do these people actually not know the difference between fascism, communism, and socialism and liberalism? Is this just stupidity, willful ignorance, or do they just decide to make up their own etymology for their own purposes.

831 days ago


I always thought he was funny. Funny looking....

831 days ago


It's hell gettin old.

831 days ago


Actually, it's only a Hitler salute if you're saluting Hitler. It's an ages-old gesture of allegiance in many cultures. In fact, it was mostly used in the US in schools' Pledge of Allegiance until the mid-1930s when AH took it up .

831 days ago


$20 says he was blitzed on some high end Monte Carlo booze

831 days ago


he is bent over just like he did in the Kentucky fried movie ,just with cloths on .

831 days ago


he boasts about living in france. enough said.

831 days ago


The dictator had the greatest speech ever told...

831 days ago


This man also tag-teamed Tila Tequila(with Drew Carey) at the PB mansion a few years back. Syphilis, perhaps?

831 days ago


At least when he did it on Hannity it made sense.

831 days ago


At least TMZ gives people the chance to respond.

But even so -

With a legend like The_Belz, can't we automatically ASSUME the dude's joking?!

831 days ago

Zombie Whitney Houston    

Wait... TMZ is making a story out of nothing? That really doesn't seem like you guys. Your writers and staff usually have an amazing sense of humor and the brains to be able to tell when something is a joke. Ok, who am I kidding. TMZ hires idiots.

831 days ago


I'm sure too much is being read into this. I still like the guy. L&O: SVU sucks without Christopher Meloni. They have to get press somehow. Also, I've met The Belz several times and he was always pleasant and friendly.

831 days ago


So Richard Belzer is an idiot because the notoriously ultra-intelligent people at TMZ didn't get the joke or the Chaplin reference, or apparently understand anything about what he meant with the gesture and why he was doing it?

Makes perfect sense.

831 days ago
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