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Halle Berry Apologies For 'Jewish Nose' Gaffe
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-25-2007 | Matthew Moore

Posted on 10/25/2007 2:21:28 PM PDT by blam

Halle Berry apologises for 'Jewish nose' gaffe

By Matthew Moore
Last Updated: 1:40pm BST 25/10/2007

Halle Berry, Hollywood's leading black actress, has been forced to apologise after making a joke about the size of Jewish people's noses on a US television chat show.

The Oscar-winning star remarked that a digitally-altered photo of her face made her look like her "Jewish cousin", during an appearance on Jay Leno's Tonight Show.

As Leno squirmed and the audience sat in embarrassed silence, Berry appeared to appreciate the gravity of her error.

"Oh God, Have I just ruined my career?" she asked.

The word "Jewish" was cut from the dialogue when the show was broadcast on Friday night, but audience members leaked full details of the exchange onto the Internet, prompting Berry, a vociferous critic of Hollywood racism, to issue a full apology.

"I didn't mean to offend anyone. I didn't. I didn't mean any harm … It was just supposed to be a silly segment. I am so sorry, and I apologize," she told The New York Post newspaper.

The actress, 41, went on to claim that her Jewish assistant had actually come up with the nose "joke" backstage, whilst leafing through the distorted photos that were to be used on the show.

"I guess it was fresh in my mind and it just came out of my mouth. But I didn't mean to offend anybody," Berry said.

The photos had been created by Berry herself using computer software which allows people to warp their own images.

Three of her assistants were Jewish, Berry added.

The one-time Bond girl, who was close to tears during her phone call to the Post according to the newspaper, said that she had asked the programme's producers to cut out her remarks after she realised the offence they may cause.

Berry, who is four months pregnant, is currently in London promoting her new film Things We Lost In The Fire.

In 2002 she became the first black woman to win the Best Actress Oscar when she was honoured for her role in Monster's Ball.

She has also appeared in the Bond film Die Another Day, Catwoman and the X-Men series.


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KEYWORDS: berry; culturewar; doublestandard; halle; jewish; macacamoment; nose; politicalcorrectness; race; racerelations; races; racial; racism; racist; racists
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1 posted on 10/25/2007 2:21:30 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
"Oh God, Have I just ruined my career?" she asked.

You certainly didn't help it any.............

2 posted on 10/25/2007 2:23:45 PM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: blam

Sheeze. Amazing how a harmless joke now reduces an American audience to “embarrassed silence.”

I wonder if there’s still a country somewhere with a sense of humor?


3 posted on 10/25/2007 2:24:31 PM PDT by JennysCool (Don't taze me, Bro!)
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To: blam
People are too sensitive these days.
4 posted on 10/25/2007 2:25:20 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: blam

Supposedly it was one of Berry’s Jewish assistants who made the ‘Jewish cousin’ suggestion.


5 posted on 10/25/2007 2:25:57 PM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: JennysCool

Where’s Don Rickles when you need him?


6 posted on 10/25/2007 2:26:58 PM PDT by hoppity
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To: blam
...is currently in London promoting her new film Things We Lost In The Fire.

Talk about timing!

7 posted on 10/25/2007 2:27:24 PM PDT by pgyanke (Duncan Hunter 08--You want to elect a conservative? Then support a conservative!)
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To: blam

I laughed.


8 posted on 10/25/2007 2:28:00 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("A person's a person no matter how small." -Dr. Seuss)
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To: blam
Berry, who is four months pregnant, is currently in London promoting her new film Things We Lost In The Fire.

Her brain?

9 posted on 10/25/2007 2:28:27 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Mundus vult decipi: the world wants to be deceived. ---James Branch Cabell)
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To: hoppity

No kidding!


10 posted on 10/25/2007 2:28:28 PM PDT by JennysCool (Don't taze me, Bro!)
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To: JennysCool
I wonder if there’s still a country somewhere with a sense of humor?

Iran's pretty funny these days. Their president is absolutely hilarious....

11 posted on 10/25/2007 2:28:47 PM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: blam
When I got to protect a black persons nose-job then it is time for sleep.
12 posted on 10/25/2007 2:29:37 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: JennysCool

At least Jews have things they can laugh about.

When people consider the quirks and foibles of my ethnic group, Germans, they don’t laugh. They shudder.


13 posted on 10/25/2007 2:29:47 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("A person's a person no matter how small." -Dr. Seuss)
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To: blam
Three of her assistants

How many does she have or need?

14 posted on 10/25/2007 2:30:20 PM PDT by Uncledave
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu
It’s probably true. This is bogus . Listen to Sarah Silverman , Mencia , Chris rock , Will and Grace etc etc. We all need to lighten up....
15 posted on 10/25/2007 2:31:06 PM PDT by fantom
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To: JennysCool
"I wonder if there’s still a country somewhere with a sense of humor?"

Roger that. I remember one of the funniest TV moments ever on Johnny Carson. Actor Ed Ames (who played the Indian "Mingo" on the Danial Boone TV show) was telling Johnny how he had to learn to throw an ax for his part as an Indian. Johnny wheeled out a lifesize carboard cutout of a man for Ed to demonstrate on. Ed threw the ax and it struck solid right in the groin of the cutout. Johnny casually looked over and ad-libbed "Funny, you don't look jewish." It was hilarious and purely in good fun without malice. Now Johnny would have the JDL camped out on his doorstep with signs and bullhorns.

16 posted on 10/25/2007 2:31:29 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: blam

Looking at the next three, I guess she should have added Frog Cousin, Leno Cousin and Linda Blair Cousin.


17 posted on 10/25/2007 2:31:43 PM PDT by Melinda
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To: Uncledave

18 posted on 10/25/2007 2:31:46 PM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: blam

Halle’s mom claims to be Jewish so she probably does have Jewish cousins who may have large noses.

Poor Halle... she did better being drunk, crashing into a car, injuring the driver, then fleeing the scene than she did with her nose joke.


19 posted on 10/25/2007 2:31:55 PM PDT by InsensitiveConservative
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To: Jeff Chandler

20 posted on 10/25/2007 2:32:29 PM PDT by JennysCool (Don't taze me, Bro!)
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To: JennysCool

Agreed. Hopefully she’s never busted anyone else’s chops for similar humor.


21 posted on 10/25/2007 2:32:44 PM PDT by TankerKC (You don't have to believe everything you think.)
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To: blam

This is ridiculous,,,,,grow a spine people and while you’re at it,,,get a freakin’ sense of humor........


22 posted on 10/25/2007 2:33:08 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (HEY JORGE, SHUT UP AND BUILD THE BLEEPING FENCE, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS.)
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To: blam; All
well, if the shoe were on the other foot, there'd be riots but, since it's not, nothing to see here. Just a brain malfunction. Oh, wait, did I just utter a racist remark?

Anyway, they'll find a way to blame it all on white males....

23 posted on 10/25/2007 2:33:21 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Keep The Heat On Hillary.)
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To: joebuck

That was one of the great moments in television.

I miss Johnny more every day.


24 posted on 10/25/2007 2:33:26 PM PDT by JennysCool (Don't taze me, Bro!)
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To: blam

Big deal.


25 posted on 10/25/2007 2:33:40 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: blam
It's all part of the socialist control of the country - free speech is an endangered right -

Where in the Constitution does it guarantee "Thou shalt never, but never ever, be offended!"

Of course who gets to decide what is offensive - it's like "One man's trash is another man's treasure" -

I had a liberal come up to me and scream that she was offended by the Christmas decorations we put up in the office.

Normally, I wont reply to these morons, I just smile and walk away. But this time, she was SO over the top and demanding they be taken down immediately - that before I knew it = my tongue got ahead of my head and I, smiling, said; "Your face offends me. Now what do we do?"

26 posted on 10/25/2007 2:35:23 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time" LINCOLN)
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To: blam

Halle needs to be viewed with the sound off anyway. I’ve never heard a useful bit of language pass her lips.

Now watching with the sound off, that’s worthwhile.


27 posted on 10/25/2007 2:36:18 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mitt bit the apple. Hillary will stuff it down your throat!)
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To: JennysCool

I think that a lot of Americans still have a sense of humor but if they’re smart they won’t it in public anymore, PC has caused it to go underground.


28 posted on 10/25/2007 2:37:43 PM PDT by tiki
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To: blam

Not Guilty!

29 posted on 10/25/2007 2:37:50 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U - Beat UGA)
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To: Red Badger

And fittingly, they were Jewish.

I do loves some Stooge. Comedy without pity or profanity.


30 posted on 10/25/2007 2:37:51 PM PDT by doodad
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To: joebuck

“Frontier Briss” (Johnny’s comment) was certainly one of the best ad-libs of all time.


31 posted on 10/25/2007 2:38:41 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This post sold by weight, not volume. Content may have settled during shipment.)
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To: blam
Well Halle, if your career wasn’t already at the bottom of the barrel it is now.
32 posted on 10/25/2007 2:40:12 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: blam

Imus called. He wants to know the details.


33 posted on 10/25/2007 2:40:34 PM PDT by donna (They hand off my culture & citizenship to criminals & then call me racist for objecting?)
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To: blam

The bottom one looks like Ted Kennedy.


34 posted on 10/25/2007 2:41:12 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Take the wheel, Fred.)
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To: doodad

It’s a good thing she didn’t say “nappy headed Jew”.


35 posted on 10/25/2007 2:41:13 PM PDT by umgud (Axis of Propaganda; lib academia, lib media, lib entertainment)
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To: blam

Ahh so the woman who moans and cries about the racism she faces shows a bit of her own...


36 posted on 10/25/2007 2:43:37 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: blam

What did her Jewish cousin have to say about this?


37 posted on 10/25/2007 2:45:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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"Halle Berry Apologies For 'Jewish Nose' Gaffe"

No Racism here, eh, well why was the word "Jewish" eliminated from the broadcast?

38 posted on 10/25/2007 2:51:25 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: blam
I have no comment. I just think that they are not nearly enough pictures of Halle on this thread.


39 posted on 10/25/2007 2:53:36 PM PDT by fr_freak
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To: blam
Until this blows over, she'll need to wear a disguise when she goes out.


40 posted on 10/25/2007 2:55:53 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: hoppity
Rickles was my all time favorite comedian. My wife absolutely detested him. She said he was so rude and could not understand how anybody could think him funny. No amount of explaining that it was all an act ever got her to change her mind. She was raised in the South in the mid 40’s to early 50’s before moving North and would rather die then ever be rude to anybody.
41 posted on 10/25/2007 2:56:17 PM PDT by Eagles Talon IV
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To: blam

John Kerry would have said: “It was a nose joke, and I blew it.”


42 posted on 10/25/2007 2:59:13 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: blam
She did a tour of the nation after her Oscar nomination threatening that if she did not win, it would be racist.

Nice to see her squirm!

43 posted on 10/25/2007 2:59:50 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: fr_freak

44 posted on 10/25/2007 3:00:35 PM PDT by Bratch (“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”)
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To: maggief; najida; 007girl; RDTF
O-M-G! Somebody said Halle Berry. This thread is useless without pictures ;)

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

good times...good times

45 posted on 10/25/2007 3:01:21 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I’ve done here today doesn’t force you to have a negative opinion of me….)
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To: Red Badger
Right: Muslim humor---What do you call a first time offender in Iran?

Lefty.

46 posted on 10/25/2007 3:03:15 PM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: Eagles Talon IV
well...i’m very southern and I liked Rickle’s rudeness and neurotic exaggeration....he is very funny

this Halle gaffe is no big deal to me at all

i could care less

stereotyping about noses is no worse than doing it about dingalings

that said...Berry is moonbat like the rest of them out there

she’s Obama black (when it suits her)

47 posted on 10/25/2007 3:04:11 PM PDT by wardaddy (Behind the lines in Vichy Nashville)
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To: blam

Good grief- America, LIGHTEN UP!!!!

PC is killing us.

I don’t believe for one second that she’s anti-semitic..particularly considering her jewish assistant made the remark first- AS A JOKE!


48 posted on 10/25/2007 3:05:32 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: blam

Oh, is she the actress whose black father left her stranded with her white mother, and who now continues to call herself black, because all black things are good, and whites things are not good? Isn’t she the one who is flaunting her unwed pregnancy to the public even though unwed pregnancies are a MAJOR problem in the black communities nation-wide (70%)?

Too bad we are still counting blacks and whites because NONE of us are black or white. Basically, we’re all Americans (well, most of us). So she’s displaying the trendy and highly accepted black racism that so permeates America today.

Of course, if she were a smart as she is beautiful (and she IS beautiful), she wouldn’t make such stupid comments. But she’ll be excused . . . she’s “black.”


49 posted on 10/25/2007 3:05:47 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: dfwgator

She doesn’t look Druish to me?


50 posted on 10/25/2007 3:09:28 PM PDT by DemEater
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