Video: France’s favorite comedian drops the F-bomb

posted at 12:38 pm on September 4, 2007 by Allahpundit

Good glavin! 81 years old, 18 hours on his feet, and a member of the Legion of Honor: he’s got all the Absolute Moral Authority he could ever want or need and then some. No rehab for the nutty professor. Click the image to watch.

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About 15 years ago I got to see him live in “Damned Yankees” and he did about 15 minutes of old vaudeville routines at the intermission, and I must say I was impressed.

bbz123 on September 4, 2007 at 12:44 PM

Hmmm. Guess this means the Gang From GLAAD will be demanding a public apology or they will threaten a boycott of next year’s telethon, right?

pilamaye on September 4, 2007 at 12:52 PM

Jerry OK in my book, he’s helped a lot of kids. Whoever faults him for this needs to be ask how much they have done for sick kids. And I assume they have free speech in France, so what’s all the hubb-bub about?

Maxx on September 4, 2007 at 12:52 PM

I help oversee my father who is 74 years old. Since my Mom’s death this past spring, he has aged and things get said that weren’t said a year ago. I cringed when I heard Jerry’s comment, because I felt his families embarrassment…

Pam on September 4, 2007 at 1:24 PM

Holy rusted metal Batman! It was a good thing he caught himself. He is on a telethon to attract as many people as possible to a good cause and he realized half-way through the joke it wouldn’t be good to say such a thing on a telethon regarding children. While it is fair to use un-PC words in your jokes, you as a comedian, have to also consider your audience.

Weebork on September 4, 2007 at 1:27 PM

Jesus, Mary and Glavin!!!

Lee on September 4, 2007 at 1:32 PM

Okay, that was not the “F” word I was expecting, and I’m frankly tired of hearing it referred to as such. Fag, fag, fag. Friends of mine that are gay call each other fag all the time. In England, it’s a cigarette. Get over it, people.

MadisonConservative on September 4, 2007 at 1:39 PM

…frankly (I’m) tired of hearing it referred to as such. Fag, fag, fag. Friends of mine that are gay call each other fag all the time. In England, it’s a cigarette. Get over it, people.

MadisonConservative on September 4, 2007 at 1:39 PM

First, he certainly didn’t mean a British Cigarette.

Second, I’m tired of the way people continually write-off instances like this as something trivial. At least the audience reaction seemed to be a little miffed.

If he had used the “N” word, would it be OK? Hey…it’s just a word, right? Black people call each other that all the time. That old argument doesn’t hold water.

And I’m certainly not calling for Jerry to do “rehab”…but an apology would be nice.

JetBoy on September 4, 2007 at 1:54 PM

That old argument doesn’t hold water.

It does if you still believe in free speech. If Larry Flynt can get away with it, so should anyone else. It’s a short hop from there to the Danish cartoon outrage. I’m tired of people who support any restriction of speech for the sake of offending others.

MadisonConservative on September 4, 2007 at 2:00 PM

MadisonConservative on September 4, 2007 at 2:00 PM

There is a difference between “free speech” and “hate speech”. And I’m certainly no advocate of so-called Hate Crime legislation…and language like Jerry used there is no crime…but it was hateful.

Is it OK to yell “fire!” in a crowded movie house? No…actually that’s a crime. Free speech is not some umbrella that protects anything and everything someone might want to say. As with anything, there’s a limit…a “line in the sand” if you will.

That’s all I’m sayin’.

JetBoy on September 4, 2007 at 2:11 PM

Is it OK to yell “fire!” in a crowded movie house?

No, because it puts people’s safety and lives in jeopardy. You be sure and let me know the casualty count for Jerry’s faux pas.

MadisonConservative on September 4, 2007 at 2:22 PM

So what’d he say that was sooooo bad?

Iblis on September 4, 2007 at 2:29 PM

Is it OK to yell “fire!” in a crowded movie house?

No, because it puts people’s safety and lives in jeopardy. You be sure and let me know the casualty count for Jerry’s faux pas

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You’re right…because no gay person has ever been beaten or killed because of hate…a hate perpetuated by and given creedence to exactly the kind of use of the “F” word by a well-known celebrity on a national telecast.

Tell it to Matthew Shepherd’s parents.

Or countless others…nothing good comes out of this type of speech. And here, I always thought us Conservatives were all about wiping out the things that do us no good…

JetBoy on September 4, 2007 at 2:34 PM

Sorry JetBoy, I have to agree with Madison on this. People always pull out the “fire in a crowded theater” example when talking about free speech. Sorry, no comparison. We reluctantly impose resrictions on free speech only when life and or limb are at stake. “hate speech” (I dislike that term, because it is too broad and used in too many arguments by the left) does not qualify to infringe on constitutional rights in my book.

conservnut on September 4, 2007 at 2:41 PM

I always thought us Conservatives were all about wiping out the things that do us no good…

JetBoy on September 4, 2007 at 2:34 PM

And what left field did that statement come out of?

conservnut on September 4, 2007 at 2:44 PM

There is a difference between “free speech” and “hate speech”. And I’m certainly no advocate of so-called Hate Crime legislation…and language like Jerry used there is no crime…but it was hateful.

Is it OK to yell “fire!” in a crowded movie house? No…actually that’s a crime. Free speech is not some umbrella that protects anything and everything someone might want to say. As with anything, there’s a limit…a “line in the sand” if you will.

That’s all I’m sayin’.

JetBoy on September 4, 2007 at 2:11 PM

But of course you cannot equate what Jerry said with falsely screaming FIRE in a crowded building. What Jerry said was merely an insult, screaming FIRE when there is no fire could cause great panic and actual physical harm to many.

The only way to be protective of free speech is to realize you will be insulted and offended sometime. Believe it or not, offensive speech is indeed protected under the Constitution, otherwise anyone’s speech could be shut-up by someone merely claiming they were offended. Wouldn’t take long before Free Speech was a thing of the past.

Believe me, being insulted every now in then is worth the price of Free Speech. And you are not the only one who gets offended by what people sometimes say. I am offended everyday by things I see and read in the media. Yet, I would NEVER say they didn’t have a right to say it.

Freedom of speech encompasses precisely the freedom to annoy, to ridicule, and to offend. If it doesn’t, it is hollow. Inoffensive speech doesn’t need the protection of a Constitutional Amendment. The instant that any person or ideology is considered off-limits for critical examination and even ridicule, freedom of speech has been replaced by an ideological straightjacket.

Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch

Maxx on September 4, 2007 at 2:48 PM

I wish dyke were a more popular “hate speech” word so I could and piss ‘n moan and wring my hands about imagined persecutions.

Hey Layyyy-deeeeee!!!

The Ugly American on September 4, 2007 at 2:50 PM

Tell it to Matthew Shepherd’s parents.

Or countless others…

If there really are countless others, why is it that I only ever hear Matthew Shepherd’s name?

James on September 4, 2007 at 2:51 PM

Matthew Shephard wasn’t killed because people chose certain words. He was killed because of stupidity. The kind of stupidity that lets people forget that they should love the sinner. You don’t kill someone for a choice they’ve made. But you don’t censor comedians because someone’s panties get in a wad, either. That being said, a comedian should self-censor and adjust his speech for the audience before him.

No apology required. If he gives one, good for him.

Freelancer on September 4, 2007 at 2:53 PM

JetBoy on September 4, 2007 at 2:34 PM

JetBoy… I reference you to this story. This was very offensive to me and probably to most Americans. Yet, they had every RIGHT to say it.

So called “hate speech” will be the end of Free Speech if we allow “Hate Speech Laws” to override the First Amendment. Learn the rules of living in a free country, you will be offended sometimes, that’s the way Free Speech works.

Maxx on September 4, 2007 at 3:06 PM

You’re right…because no gay person has ever been beaten or killed because of hate…

And no gay person has ever been spared by a comedian apologizing.

And here, I always thought us Conservatives were all about wiping out the things that do us no good…

Absolutely right. Let’s make sure we wipe out any speech we find offensive. That’s what conservatives do.

MadisonConservative on September 4, 2007 at 3:06 PM

What I don’t see in the discussion over the aspect of free speech is the responsibility that goes along with the freedom. While it was well within the right for Mr Lewis to say what he said, even though he rightfully stopped himself, there are times when saying such things is not the proper thing to do. He took that aspect of responsibility that goes along with his freedom of speech and decided that venue wasn’t the proper place for such language.

Weebork on September 4, 2007 at 3:08 PM

You’re right…because no gay person has ever been beaten or killed because of hate…a hate perpetuated by and given creedence to exactly the kind of use of the “F” word by a well-known celebrity on a national telecast.

JetBoy on September 4, 2007 at 2:34 PM

That’s kind of like saying we ought to put farmers in jail because of drunk drivers. I mean think about it, didn’t that farmer know when he was growing that barley that it would be used to make beer, that would cause the driver to drink too much… thus it’s the farmer’s fault… right ?

Of course that’s nuts. Individuals are responsible for there actions, and he who does the actual violence is responsible, and he is the one that will go to jail for his actions. And you already have laws on the books that protect everyone from violence. Those who do not obey those laws go to jail. We don’t need special laws for special people. Equal protection under the law.

Maxx on September 4, 2007 at 3:15 PM

but wait, fag doesn’t mean gay people ann coulter sez so!

jambus59 on September 4, 2007 at 3:17 PM

Oh no… did he say fagot? I would have said queer.

coldshot on September 4, 2007 at 3:21 PM

jambus59 on September 4, 2007 at 3:17 PM

Cute link in your name. Vile, slanderous, and beneath contempt.

But should it be taken down? Nope. See where we’re going with this?

MadisonConservative on September 4, 2007 at 3:22 PM

T’woulda been nice to know that the video would resize my window (with thirty-leven tabs on it)…

/mutter mutter TMZ.com grumble…

Chap on September 4, 2007 at 3:31 PM

OK, while I am all for free speech, HotAir can and will ban folks for such things. As they are well within their right to do. They have to control the content when it gets out of hand.

Having said that. I feel the “ban hammer” coming down if some folks aren’t careful here.

conservnut on September 4, 2007 at 3:32 PM

Cute link in your name. Vile, slanderous, and beneath contempt.

But should it be taken down? Nope. See where we’re going with this?

MadisonConservative on September 4, 2007 at 3:22 PM

Where we are going ? It’s where we have always been. And where we better hope to stay if we treasure Free Speech. Michelle probably won’t laugh, but she should. It’s obvious she’s hitting a nerve, she’s driving the LEFT nuts. Good for her.

Maxx on September 4, 2007 at 3:35 PM

There is a difference between “free speech” and “hate speech”. And I’m certainly no advocate of so-called Hate Crime legislation…and language like Jerry used there is no crime…but it was hateful.

Yes, because he was advocating that homosexuals be put into gulags…or not.

Rude, or tasteless perhaps, but ‘hate speech’? You water down the definition and trivialize it.

Asher on September 4, 2007 at 3:36 PM

*sigh*

y’all are missing the point. I tried, but I digress. Because the point is…allowing this kind of behavior is condoning it. I’m all for free speech, but not when it causes the damage that this type does. Jerry Lewis should have known better. He slipped…caught himself and stopped (I’d like to see a few moments more than this vid shows…) and the audience reacted.

JetBoy on September 4, 2007 at 3:40 PM

And frankly, the whole point of the 1st Amendment is to protect unpopular and often political speech. No other speech needs explicit protection.

Asher on September 4, 2007 at 3:42 PM

I’m all for free speech, but not when it causes the damage that this type does.

You stated that already, and it’s still nonsense. What he said causes no damage outside of offense, which is protected under the first amendment. Again, you don’t get it. Yelling “fire” in a theater causes imminent threat to people’s safety. This causes imminent threat to NO ONE. You only want to ban it because you don’t like it.

MadisonConservative on September 4, 2007 at 3:45 PM

Honestly – so what?

Fine, make him apologize – who cares? How many stupid, meaningless apologies have we had to endure, recently?

Hell, the apologies are more difficult to listen to than the offense – and no cares, really.

If Lewis does offer an apology, I hope Don Rickles writes it for him.

yo on September 4, 2007 at 3:46 PM

allowing this kind of behavior is condoning it.

JetBoy on September 4, 2007 at 3:40 PM

It absolutely is not ! You can say it was wrong and at the same time acknowledge his right to say it.

Maxx on September 4, 2007 at 3:47 PM

y’all are missing the point.

JetBoy on September 4, 2007 at 3:40 PM

No one is missing your point. They’re just not buying the validity of your point–the assertion that using an epithet is always a precursor to bodily injury.

baldilocks on September 4, 2007 at 3:58 PM

JetBoy=PC police

saved on September 4, 2007 at 4:01 PM

JetBoy=PC police

saved on September 4, 2007 at 4:01 PM

Holy Cow!! I don’t believe, ever in my entire life, that I’ve been accused of being “PC”.

That’s my cue to exit this debate….

JetBoy on September 4, 2007 at 4:08 PM

The interesting thing is going to be when people actually realize that the Koran is filled with ‘hate speech’. What are they going to do when constitutional rights collide? It’ll be about 10 years, but in condemning ‘hate speech’, can you curtail the ‘freedom of religion’? I’d love to make either argument on any side of that debate – it’d be fun and I bet I’d win either way.

I know that in Indonesia or Malaysia they have put a parental advisory on the Holy Bible because it has ‘graphic content’ (like an R rating) – and it does. Ironically that move will probably make the Bible even MORE popular.

Freedom – what is it? it’s a beautiful exercize.

ThackerAgency on September 4, 2007 at 4:13 PM

Jeff Foxworthy has been doing jokes about “rednecks” for years. Really funny stuff, he’s one of my favorite comedians. But lets say tomorrow the organization S.A.R.N. is formed ( Southern Association of Red Necks ) and they get all in a huff about being denigrated by the rude and stereotypical lampoons spewed in every Foxworthy appearance.

Do you think anyone would take them seriously ? Rednecks after all are just a bunch of southern white guys, they require no special protection. SARN would be hooted down, everybody would tell them to grow-up. And that is exactly what should happen !! Should I and a few million other Americans be denied my favorite comedian and much needed comic relief just because SARN is offended ? Absolutely not ! They need to get a life and learn to deal with it, it’s a free country after all.

So why is any different with other identifiable groups? It shouldn’t be, grow-up, learn to laugh, roll with the punches, get a life, and quite trying to trample my and three-hundred and fifty million other Americans Free Speech. If you don’t like it, move to where there is no Free Speech…. and happy trails. America… love it or leave it !!

Maxx on September 4, 2007 at 4:35 PM

Sorry JetBoy, I have to agree with Madison on this.

conservnut on September 4, 2007 at 2:41 PM

Ofcourse you do, and so will the rest of the usual Hot Airheads who love to come here and bash gays. The “Big Tent” that was the Republican Party has no room for us now, only bible-thumpers need apply.

The Sinner on September 4, 2007 at 4:48 PM

Ofcourse you do, and so will the rest of the usual Hot Airheads who love to come here and bash gays. The “Big Tent” that was the Republican Party has no room for us now, only bible-thumpers need apply.

The Sinner on September 4, 2007 at 4:48 PM

Bible-thumpers ? Should I be offended…. well you had a right to say it. I’ll get over it.

Now… who here at HotAir called you something offensive?

Nobody here is bashing Gays… we are defending the First Amendment, it would be nice if you got on-board.

Maxx on September 4, 2007 at 4:54 PM

The Sinner on September 4, 2007 at 4:48 PM

So how are things at Kos?

MadisonConservative on September 4, 2007 at 5:05 PM

I do not agree with speaking hateful things either directly or veiled in a joke, it’s all the same. I have heard derogatory remarks about many things throughout my life, that I could have taken personally, but it never occured to me to complain.

I want to know where is the honkey,cracker,yankee,wop,capitalist pig,wingnut,womanizer,breeder,emmisionscontributor,jingoist,renter,warmonger,racist,bigot complaint department?! I think many people are overly sensitive and need to lighten up on the small stuff. I will not be coerced by the guilt police or any other crusader zero wanna be hero. Let the chips fall where they may. If you get upset about anything let it be the koran. More on topic Jerry Lewis has spent his entire life entertaining millions of people with a very high standard unlike the no talent decadent so called comedians of today.

sonnyspats1 on September 4, 2007 at 5:12 PM

Wow. Such hypocrisy on this site.
It was just a couple weeks ago there were multiple articles posted regarding people who are overweight, and there sure was no lack of “slurs” used to describe them…….. Sure sounds like the good ‘ol double standard to me.

KMC1 on September 4, 2007 at 5:32 PM

Wow. Such hypocrisy on this site.
It was just a couple weeks ago there were multiple articles posted regarding people who are overweight, and there sure was no lack of “slurs” used to describe them…….. Sure sounds like the good ‘ol double standard to me.

KMC1 on September 4, 2007 at 5:32 PM

You mean like making fun of this overweight person ?

TED KENNEDY: The only politician who never crossed that bridge when he came to it.

and your response

LMAO! This would make a great T-Shirt!

KMC1 on June 25, 2007 at 9:40 AM

Maxx on September 4, 2007 at 5:48 PM

Rude, or tasteless perhaps, but ‘hate speech’? You water down the definition and trivialize it.

Exactly.

The Ugly American on September 4, 2007 at 6:23 PM

Surprise of Surprises, both PMSNBC and CNN are practically making this their top story of the night, complete with commentators, eyewitnesses, you name it. Fox News gave it like maybe 20 seconds of air time, and then moved on to other news. I myself am waiting with bated breath for the Dom Imus comparisons. They should be showing up any given second now.

pilamaye on September 4, 2007 at 8:29 PM

Wait….John Edwards was there?

reppac122 on September 4, 2007 at 8:39 PM

Surprise of Surprises, both PMSNBC and CNN are practically making this their top story of the night, complete with commentators, eyewitnesses, you name it. Fox News gave it like maybe 20 seconds of air time, and then moved on to other news. I myself am waiting with bated breath for the Dom Imus comparisons. They should be showing up any given second now.

pilamaye on September 4, 2007 at 8:29 PM

You know what… if the so called gay community wants to earn some respect from the public, here is their big chance to do so. Somebody from the gay advocacy group should stand up and say … Hey leave Jerry alone… it wasn’t that bad, the man has done a lot of good for kids and we know how to forgive.

I could respect that. I wonder what the odds are of that happening.

Maxx on September 4, 2007 at 10:26 PM

You know what… if the so called gay community wants to earn some respect from the public, here is their big chance to do so. Somebody from the gay advocacy group should stand up and say … Hey leave Jerry alone… it wasn’t that bad, the man has done a lot of good for kids and we know how to forgive.

Being gay myself, I have a few issues with these so-called gay advocacy groups. Actually, I have issues with almost all so-called advocacy groups, as they’re usually nothing more than a bunch of people whining about how someone in the distant past hurt their oh-so-precious feelings. Most of these advocates suffer from what Tammy Bruce calls “malignant narcissism,” and I think that she is spot on with that assessment.

What Jerry Lewis said was definitely inappropriate for the venue, but it was a mistake – nothing more. I’m glad he aplogized of his own free will; forced or perfunctory apologies mean nothing.

I personally believe that, just because I may not like something that someone has said, I do not have the right to tell that person cannot say it. The very concept of free speech was designed to protect unpopular speech, with, of course, exceptions for seditious or inciteful speech.

That said, the comment was made and was apologozed for, so it’s time to move on.

Vic on September 5, 2007 at 4:58 AM

fags = cigarette, tired,
fagot = bundle of loose sticks
fagoting = embroidery whose threads are loosly woven on purpose.

Those who are offended by the comment must be “used tired old butts that are held together loosely by embroidery”

Anyone want to try dike.?

MSGTAS on September 5, 2007 at 9:37 AM