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Politically Incomprehensible

August 25, 2006 | 3 Comments

Comedian Jackie Mason has declared himself the founder of “Jews for It’s OK to Say Merry Christmas.” The Jews for Jesus have interpreted this ecumenical joke as an endorsement of its theology and are using a caricature of Mason (along with a parody of his routine) in some of its literature. Mason is suing the group, claiming that the implication that he supports Jews for Jesus is “directly harmful” to him and that he’s been damaged to an “incalculable degree.” Maybe there’s been a some violation of Mason’s commercial publicity rights, but his attorney’s explanation is baffling:

Mason’s lawyer, Raoul Felder, said using his close pal to advertise the group is “like asking bin Laden to endorse Manischewitz.”

Call the Analogy Police. Doesn’t counsel’s comparison inflict substantially more injury to his client’s reputation than the JFJ’s pamphlets? If Mason has, as he claims, “the utmost respect for people who practice the Christian faith,” I don’t think likening those feelings to Osama’s attitude towards sweet Jewish wine quite does the trick.

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3 Responses to “Politically Incomprehensible”

  1. Kafkaesquí
    August 25th, 2006 @ 12:42 pm

    This is something I’ve looked forward to in the U.S. legal system: Lawsuits against unfunny jokes.

  2. bernarda
    August 26th, 2006 @ 12:45 am

    Who is Jackie Mason?

    And who cares? That goes for Mason and the JFJ.

  3. Jahrta
    August 30th, 2006 @ 1:40 pm

    Are you ten, Bernarda?

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