Shockah! The King of Insult Humor said something insulting at the the American Film Institute’s tribute to Shirley MacLaine.
“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.”
guys, I hope you're sitting down. Don Rickles made a racial joke.
— landon kirksey (@itslandon) June 9, 2012
Uh, yeah. Isn’t that kinda his thing?
Being singled out to have your heritage insulted by Don Rickles was once considered a privilege. But then we became a nation of prisses.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) June 9, 2012
@HuffingtonPost to be insulted by Don Rickles is an honor.
— Tony Ramirez (@TonyJRamirez) June 9, 2012
@Floridaline -everything and everyone is fair game to Rickles and always has been.
— Elizabeth (@Livingston442) June 9, 2012
If Hollywood was shocked by Don Rickles, they really are out of touch. Everyone knows why he's called Mr. Warmth. No surprises there.
— Linda Zumpano (@LJZumpano) June 9, 2012
The Huffington Post asks:
Did Rickles’ joke at the AFI event go too far, or was it simply a relic of a less politically-correct time in racial history?
Of course it went too far. Going too far is Rickles’ whole shtick.
Let’s see The Huffington Post muster up the same outrage over Obama donor Bill Maher’s dead serious misogyny.
Oddly, there’s no mention of Rickles’ political views in the HuffPo article. Will liberal heads explode when they realize Don Rickles is a lifelong Democrat?
To all my conservative friends: be sure to include the words "life-long Democrat" when you mention Don Rickles insulting Obama. #DemAntidote
— Gaulois (@Le_Gaul) June 9, 2012
Jim Treacher sums up the breathless cries of “RAAAAACIST!”
"I'm simply shocked that Don Rickles said something mean, nasty, and racist." Faux naivete is fun!
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) June 9, 2012
Of course, it doesn’t really matter what anyone thinks of Don Rickles’ comedy.
Save it. Don Rickles doesn't give a shit about your opinion.
— James M. McGill (@MetricButtload) June 9, 2012