Wanda Sykes Likens Rush Limbaugh to Terrorist

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  1. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye.

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    Oh, noes!:p:


    White House mum on Sykes’ GOP jokes

    ‘I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker,’ says comic at WHCA dinner

    WASHINGTON - The White House is keeping its distance from an entertainer's joke comparing conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh to a terrorist.On Monday, presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked for President Barack Obama's reaction to Wanda Sykes' comedic performance Saturday at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

    "I don’t know how guests get booked," said Gibbs. "That’s a White House Correspondents' Association thing."

    He said he hadn't spoken to the president about Sykes, but added, "I think there are a lot of topics that are better left for serious reflection rather than comedy. I think there’s no doubt that 9/11 is part of that." Sykes, who served as mistress of ceremonies, jabbed at Limbaugh for suggesting that he wants Obama to fail.

    "So you’re saying, 'I hope America fails.' You’re like, 'I don’t care about people losing their homes, their jobs or our soldiers in Iraq.' He just wants our country to fail."

    "To me, that’s treason," she added. "He’s not saying anything differently than Osama bin Laden is saying. You know you might want to look into this, sir, because I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker but he was just so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight."

    Responding to the crowd's reaction, Sykes asked, "Too much?"

    But she quickly added, "You’re laughing inside — I know you’re laughing."
    She didn't stop there. "Rush Limbaugh: 'I hope the country fails.' I hope his kidneys fail, how about that? He needs a waterboarding, that’s what he needs."

    Limbaugh wasn't the only Republican roasted at the dinner — former Vice President Dick Cheney was also a monologue target.

    "Dick Cheney, oh my God, he's a scary man, scares me to death. I tell my kids, I says, 'Look, if two cars pull up, and one has a stranger, and the other car has Dick Cheney, you get in the car with the stranger.'"

    Sykes also had former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in her cross hairs. The Alaska governor canceled her dinner appearance after severe flooding hit her state.

    She sent her husband, Todd, instead, but that didn't prevent a few jokes about her teenage daughter's out-of-wedlock pregnancy.

    Still, some Democrats were also comedically targeted.

    "I think you hang out too much," said Sykes of Obama. "What was that, you and Joe Biden out getting a hamburger? The two of you can’t hang out together. I mean, whose idea was that, Nancy Pelosi's? 'Hey, Why don’t you boys go out and get a bite?'"
  2. Hostile

    Hostile Persona Non Grata Zone Supporter

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    Yes, because the other political side is always the worst possible people regardless of which side you blindly and stupidly follow thinking they can actually change the country.

    I can't stand Rush Limbaugh, but I can at least be real.
  3. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    At least she recognized that folks thought it was poor taste..

    She's another one who's hit and miss with me.
  4. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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    Ugh...Wanda Sykes.... :(
  5. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    Gee, I remember when the worst thing in the world you could do was "question" someone's patriotism. But calling Limbaugh a "traitor" and a "terrorist" and hoping he "dies" is hilarious? Go figure. Davd Feherty wisely apologized for wishing death upon his political adversaries. Will Wanda follow suit?
  6. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye.

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    I haven't had much exposure to Ms. Sykes. She's just a comedienne; I don't understand why her comments are worthy of a story.
  7. vta

    vta The Proletariat

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    It's probably hard not to when no one laughs...

    Speaking of scary,


    This brutta procreated, eh?
    I guess money can buy love. For a little while.
  8. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    To me, she ranks right up there with Garafalo(sp?). Her humor can be raw and not always funny. There was a time when she was rising up the ranks, as far as stardom. It's leveled out to where she's not a bottom-feeder anymore. That's a good thing if she saves her money.

    I think her comments are considered a story, just because of the arena in which she stated them. In any other scenario, it might still be considered tacky, but it wouldn't have gotten as much media attn.

    This is true.
  9. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    Well, the saving grace of failed humor is that it's the only time you can be certain ppl aren't pointing at you and laughing.
  10. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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  11. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    Yeah seriously, it's not like he has a political office. They invited her to entertain and she does what she always does, you don't invite Gallagher to a black tie event and then get upset you got watermelon on your suit.

  12. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    Isn't this the 2nd time with Obama? I remember there was a big hullabaloo over something Eddie Griffin said.

    Or maybe I'm thinking of a different time or comedian.
  13. sacase

    sacase Well-Known Member

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    I just think it is funny that one political party complains about something the turns around and does the same thing done to them that they complained about. Our politicians are the joke.
  14. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Winter is Coming Staff Member

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    She has always been funnier than Garafalo...I never did think JG was funny. At least with Wanda she has some times when she is funny, whether it be roles in movies or crank yanker skits.
  15. ShiningStar

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    Wanda is funny if you put her in front of a crowd and just let her talk. Many times I find her stories either true or just plain funny. Put her, like many people, in front of a crowd of important people and things go wrong without reason.

    She did acknowledge to much and she was trying to be funny. I credit her for that and think shes funner than most of the females they tout as funny, and I think she tries harder to please a crowd because she just tries hard.
  16. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    I think she's funny alright...her delivery is her strength.
    Lisa Lampanelli is funnier, Garofalo and Margaret Cho are just angry and unfunny.
  17. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Winter is Coming Staff Member

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    Yeah Lisa is pretty funny esp in those roasts...whoa but man she is foul mouthed.:laugh1:
  18. lewpac

    lewpac Benched

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    I'm disappointed because I really like here and find here comedy entertaining.

    She was a regular on Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" series on HBO, and was great. She's been great in every movie she's been a part of too.....

    Her stand-up bit on HBO was really, really funny too. I just like her style, someone I could hang with for sure. I am disappointed in her remarks, because I lean to right for sure. But I'm MORE disappointed that she inserted herself, ala Shawn Penn and Jeanine Grafalo-type stuff as an entertainer.

    I was hoping she'd be above that fray, and not go into the same gutter that the Streisand's and the Cloony's and the Dixie Chicks and the Sarandon's of the world feel then need to jump into. It appears not, and that's a shame. Because she IS very, very funny and entertaining......
  19. sbark

    sbark Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Rush didnt even comment on it the day after on his radio show.......why give her the time of day........

    but it got this reaction from U.K. Telegaph......
    Not funny: Barack Obama laughs at Wanda Sykes “joke” about wanting Rush Limbaugh dead
    By: Toby Harnden
    The Telegraph
    May 10, 2009

    What was Wanda Sykes thinking? Perhaps more to the point, what was President Barack Obama thinking when he laughed and smiled as the comedienne wished Rush Limbaugh dead?

    Obama seemed to think this bit was pretty hilarious, grinning and chuckling and turning to share the “joke” with the person sitting on his right.
    There’s not much room for differing interpretations of what Sykes said. She called Limbaugh a terrorist and a traitor, suggested that he be tortured and wished him dead.
    What was his crime? Hoping that Obama’s policies - which he views as socialist - will fail.
    That’s way, way beyond reasoned debate or comedy and Obama’s reaction to it was astonishing.
    Imagine if a comedian “joked” that Obama was a terrorist who was guilty of treason and should be tortured and allowed to die. There would justifiably be an outcry.
    But when the “joke” comes from a liberal, Obama-supporting comedienne and the target is a right-winger then the likes of Hilary Rosen and Donna Brazile are on CNN saying it’s just comedy and Limbaugh is “fair game”.
    And Obama laughing when someone wishes Limbaugh dead? Hard to take from the man who promised a new era of civility and elevated debate in Washington.
  20. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    So much for CHANGE, eh?

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