Former Saturday Night Live star Jon Lovitz is learning the hard way that despite liberals’ claims to love humor and comedy, they can’t stand it when their own side is being criticized. The liberal comic is facing a huge amount of criticism on Twitter for taking exception to President Obama’s continual assertions that wealthy Americans don’t pay a “fair” amount of taxes.
While Lovitz has been bashed on Twitter, he clearly wasn’t expecting to be accused of making some sort of violent threat against Obama. And yet that’s exactly what happened last night on the HLN show Dr. Drew where the host, Drew Pinsky, seemed to genuinely believe that. Lovitz was clearly taken back by such a bizarre assertion, making for some very awkward television before a producer rescued Pinsky from embarrassment. Video and transcript below.
Lovitz was presumably primarily booked on the more pop-culture-oriented Dr. Drew to talk about his recent exposure on Twitter of an anti-semitic prank played on a friend of his daughter’s by some schoolmates.
While he mentioned the prank story in his introduction to the segment, Pinsky switched gears once he began talking to Lovitz, speaking instead about the comedian’s other Twitter mini-story, his continued defense of his idea that as an upper-income individual, he is already paying his “fair share” of taxes.
This background is important because when you see the interview below, it appears that Lovitz thought Pinsky was trying to tell a joke that the Secret Service, charged with protecting the president, is instead investigating a nasty junior high prank.
The comedian appears visibly shocked when he realizes instead that the woefully uninformed Pinsky actually seems to believe Lovitz had made some sort of death threat against Obama when all he had done is made a profane critique of the president’s class warfare agenda.