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Don Rickles Shocks Hollywood Crowd With Racial Obama Joke
Hollywood Reporter ^ | 6/8/12 | Gregg Kilday

Posted on 06/08/2012 4:00:14 PM PDT by Nachum

Don Rickles nearly hijacked the American Film Institute’s tribute to Shirley MacLaine on Thursday night at Sony Pictures Studios, unleashing a trademark barrage of insults that took aim at President Obama, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson and the honoree herself.

“I shouldn’t make fun of the blacks,” Rickles said, and then proceeded to do just that: “President Obama is a personal friend of mine. He was over to the house yesterday, but the mop broke.”

The black-tie crowd, gathered to celebrate MacLaine, the 40th recipient of the AFI’s Life Achievement Award, alternately gasped at the 86-year-old comic’s put-downs and then found themselves laughing and applauding.

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“Shirley,” Rickles, living up to his moniker as Mr. Warmth, began as he rose to his feet from a table near the center of the room. “I never read your books, and I don’t plan to.”

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KEYWORDS: donrickles; hollywood; jacknicholson; joke; rickles; shirleymaclaine; shocks; warrenbeatty
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86 years old, and hasn't missed a beat...
1 posted on 06/08/2012 4:00:28 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Characterizing Barack as a mop-person is entirely too kind.


2 posted on 06/08/2012 4:02:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Let me ABOs run loose Lou!)
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To: Nachum
That's what Don Rickels does. I can remember seeing him years ago and he was brash but that is his routine. Have to hand it to him. I wish SNL would do Obama jokes there is just so much material there I might even tune in.
3 posted on 06/08/2012 4:03:29 PM PDT by funfan
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To: Nachum

I remember a Don Rickles line from 30 years ago.

It went something like this (him talking):

“I was in Japan last month, and I can tell you the Japanese people are so polite. Everywhere I went they said, ‘ah-so’, ‘ah-so’.”

He’s always been abrasive, but at least he knows it. I wouldn’t hold anything against him at his age.


4 posted on 06/08/2012 4:04:43 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Nachum

Nothing shocks the Hollywood Crowd. Absolutely nothing.


5 posted on 06/08/2012 4:05:27 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: Nachum

That was a race-joke joke, not a race joke.


6 posted on 06/08/2012 4:06:20 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Nachum

Don Rickles was in one of my favorite movies of all time, Kellys Heroes.


7 posted on 06/08/2012 4:06:24 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Nachum

Whoops, Don’s career is now officially over. You don’t criticize The One and live to tell about it.

One of the funniest things I ever heard Rickles say was on the Tonight Show. Sinatra was one of the guests, and Don turned to him and said, “Frank, I just talked with your friend Guido Cabaletti, and he told me to tell you that the package has been delivered.”

Of course, it’s okay to make jokes about Italians.


8 posted on 06/08/2012 4:07:30 PM PDT by hampdenkid
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To: anyone

That’s his schtick. If anyone is shocked then tough sh!t.


9 posted on 06/08/2012 4:09:15 PM PDT by guido911 (Islamic terrorists are members http://www.freerepublic.com/foof the "ROP", the "religion of pu*&ies")
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To: Nachum

Hope his funeral plans are taken care of.


10 posted on 06/08/2012 4:09:49 PM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Maybe ist’s just that I’m paying attention,
but I’m seeing cracks appearing in the fascade
of the One. Splits in his party, leaks in his
administration and now jokes, something that
would have been unthinkable three years ago.


11 posted on 06/08/2012 4:11:22 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Nachum

What a stupid Headline for the article... I would have been “Shocked” if Rickles didn’t do his insult everyone routine. Hell, it has been his schtick to be an equal opportunity offender for 60 years for Christ sake.

Go Don Go!!!


12 posted on 06/08/2012 4:12:28 PM PDT by Autonomous User ( I guess a liberal and an out-of-work bum look a lot a like, daddy.)
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To: Nachum

“Don Rickles is dead to us.” —unnamed White House staffer


13 posted on 06/08/2012 4:13:29 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: hampdenkid

I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Zero hold a special press conference about this.


14 posted on 06/08/2012 4:13:56 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Nachum

I love that guy!
I really miss Buddy Hackett


15 posted on 06/08/2012 4:15:54 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Future Snake Eater

The best jokes were done back in the 70s BEFORE political correctness reared its UGLY, UNWANTED head and ruined everything. Hey, it was a compliment if you got noticed enough to MAKE a JOKE about you...People need to GET OVER THEMSELVES already! What a bunch of thin skinned pussies!


16 posted on 06/08/2012 4:16:03 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: Future Snake Eater

The best jokes were done back in the 70s BEFORE political correctness reared its UGLY, UNWANTED head and ruined everything. Hey, it was a compliment if you got noticed enough to MAKE a JOKE about you...People need to GET OVER THEMSELVES already! What a bunch of thin skinned pussies!


17 posted on 06/08/2012 4:16:16 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: All

18 posted on 06/08/2012 4:17:41 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: central_va
Great film. I never tire of it. Len Lesser (Uncle Leo) was great in it too

He was the perfect foil to Rickles

19 posted on 06/08/2012 4:20:57 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: musicman

LOL!


20 posted on 06/08/2012 4:22:30 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: central_va

You get a cookie.


21 posted on 06/08/2012 4:23:13 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Nachum

Rickles is a national treasure. I hope he lives to 200.


22 posted on 06/08/2012 4:24:02 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: combat_boots

The whole film was about cookies LOL
Different strokes for different folks LOL


23 posted on 06/08/2012 4:26:21 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Nachum

Racial and ethnic jokes were always par for the course with Rickles and the gang during the classic Dean Martin roasts, back when Hollywood had thick skin and was far less PC.


24 posted on 06/08/2012 4:29:17 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Yes! That is the perfect description. Mr Rickles IS a national treasure!


25 posted on 06/08/2012 4:30:37 PM PDT by Casie
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To: All

Buddy Hackett weighs in on social correctness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxA8ntnbkZg


26 posted on 06/08/2012 4:30:57 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Nachum

He’s 86. Over the last 60-70 years, he’s been to every party, toured every country, dined with kings and presidents etc...he’s literally been everywhere. This is his thing and the idea that he’d change due to some politically correct BS is laughable. What will they do? Blacklist him?

Good for Rickels.


27 posted on 06/08/2012 4:40:10 PM PDT by Personal Responsibility (Behind enemy lines in the city where it's illegal to buy a Big Gulp)
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To: princess leah
The best jokes were done back in the 70s BEFORE political correctness

So True...

Now its all about sex and bodily functions “jokes“ intent to shock people, not to make them laugh...

28 posted on 06/08/2012 4:40:52 PM PDT by RedMonqey (Men who will not suffer to self govern, will suffer under the governance of lesser men.)
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To: princess leah

How true that is! I often watch clips on youtube of the Dean Martin celebrity roasts. Those were some of the most hilarios things ever said. They had kinds of politically incorrect racial humor. I was watching Don Rickes on Youtube the other night roasting Sammy Davis, Jr. and even Sammy was busting a gut laughing at Don’s insults.

I actually was depressed watching because it occurred to me that you could never get away with this kind of humor nowadays.


29 posted on 06/08/2012 4:42:06 PM PDT by Jean2
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To: Nachum
Rock on!
30 posted on 06/08/2012 4:48:38 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: DTogo
the classic Dean Martin roasts, back when Hollywood had thick skin and was far less PC.

Remember them well.

Tried to watch the newer version on Comedy Channel Couldn't stomach it.

I'm no prude but the utter vulgarity would make a pimp blush.
31 posted on 06/08/2012 4:50:28 PM PDT by RedMonqey (Men who will not suffer to self govern, will suffer under the governance of lesser men.)
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To: central_va

Odd Ball needs a bridge...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pMeb4ZSHh8&feature=related


32 posted on 06/08/2012 4:52:01 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: central_va

Don Rickles was in one of my favorite movies of all time, Kellys Heroes.

Don putting out those negative waves again, man


33 posted on 06/08/2012 4:52:39 PM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: central_va

“...a deal, deal. Maybe he’s a Republican...”


34 posted on 06/08/2012 4:55:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: princess leah

He did one in vegas i was at the show he said All you arabs hey thanks i was real hard on you guys tonight he said ll of you stand up and as they did he yelled OPEN FIRE !!!


35 posted on 06/08/2012 4:57:55 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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Buddy weighs on with more political correctness...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pMeb4ZSHh8&feature=related


36 posted on 06/08/2012 4:58:32 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: al baby

37 posted on 06/08/2012 5:00:00 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: al baby

LOL


38 posted on 06/08/2012 5:01:18 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Nachum

Lord I hope there is video of this!


39 posted on 06/08/2012 5:01:31 PM PDT by Kakaze (I want The Republic back !)
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To: Nachum

I think Obama would been offended hey one future US President wasn’t have you seen Dean Martin Celebrity roasts

Reagan got killed in his roast

Go on 6:29 on this you tube ROFL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQOHwrcZ0Hs


40 posted on 06/08/2012 5:01:53 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: tet68; HiTech RedNeck

“Splits in his party, leaks in his
administration and now jokes, something that
would have been unthinkable three years ago.”

I know! Isn’t it great!!!


41 posted on 06/08/2012 5:01:59 PM PDT by fanfan (.http://www.ontariolandowners.ca/index.php?p=1_50_Your-Rights)
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To: funfan

Of course it is. These people never saw Rickles’ act?

Back in his hay day people were able to laugh at themselves. Not any more. Esp if they are liberals.


42 posted on 06/08/2012 5:04:53 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Nachum

Wasn’t it Slick Willie who said “20 years ago he’d have been bringing us coffee” ... and he wasn’t trying to be funny


43 posted on 06/08/2012 5:09:58 PM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: al baby

good one.


44 posted on 06/08/2012 5:12:00 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Oh. Who's being naive, Kay?)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Well it’s funny because it implies Barack actually works.


45 posted on 06/08/2012 5:12:11 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: central_va

Guess he didn’t go after odumbo’s ears.

“that toupee come with a chin strap, sir?”


46 posted on 06/08/2012 5:13:22 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Future Snake Eater

And that was a socialist mop.


47 posted on 06/08/2012 5:25:30 PM PDT by Phillipian (Post Tenebras Lux)
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To: funfan

Hell, SNL has missed out not having Riclkes as a host


48 posted on 06/08/2012 5:29:46 PM PDT by Figment
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To: maine yankee

“The shells for the tank’s cannon are filled with paint.. when they hit they make beuuuutifulll colors...!”

Kelly, looking at the tank engine, “Everything’s chromed!”

Odd Ball, “Yea, and she’s as fast in reverse as forward. I like to know I can get OUT of trouble as fast as I get INTO it.”


49 posted on 06/08/2012 5:32:41 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: Figment

Its not too late


50 posted on 06/08/2012 5:33:46 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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