On Sunday, Billy Crystal used the Academy Awards to bash three candidates in the GOP Presidential field.
“A dark knight, an American psycho, a charismatic crack addict. You’ll get to choose one on Super Tuesday,” he remarked about forty five minutes into the broadcast Sunday night.
Newsbusters’ Noel Sheppard wrote that the audience, naturally, “found it hysterical.”
Entertainment Weekly reported last week that Crystal would use the award ceremony to take a stab at the candidates:
And he reveals that, while he won’t make any jokes in the show about the controversial “rehearsal’s for fags” remark that led Oscar producer Brett Ratner to step down in November (“Rehearsals are for gags,” he says, deadpan), he does intend to use this year’s heated presidential campaign as fodder for comedy: “How funny are these idiots?” he says. “There will be something that will filter into it.”
On Friday, Newsbusters’ Geoffrey Dickens wrote that Crystal said much more that did not get into the online version of EW’s article:
EW: There’s obviously a heated presidential campaign going on this year. Will that work its way into the show?
Crystal: Well, how funny are these idiots? There will be something that will filter into it. But you’ve got a big part of the country that likes one of these guys, and you don’t want to be offensive. This is a pretty passionate year for [politics]- and it’s been a hard couple of years for the audience. You don’t want them to go, “Oh, here’s a smart-ass from Hollywood making fun of us.”
An editor’s note at Newsbusters added:
MRC’s Scott Whitlock reports the print version (not available online) shows the actual, longer Crystal answer shows a more reasonable and sensitive answer. What’s wrong with the PopWatch blog that they can’t run this reasonable answer online?
Of course, no one is surprised that Crystal would take a jab at the GOP candidates. This is Hollywood, after all, home of actors like Morgan Freeman and Samuel L. Jackson who believe that any criticism of Barack Obama is rooted in racism.
It just proves that there really is a “Democrat-media complex,” and it was on display for all to see at Sunday’s Academy Awards.
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