And on Monday’s “Dr. Drew” on HLN, former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jon Lovitz explained what was behind his rant about President Barack Obama.
Host Drew Pinsky asked Lovitz why he called Obama “a name.” The comedian explained that he was displeased with Obama’s campaign rhetoric.
“I’m not complaining about the taxes I pay,” he said. “What I don’t like is him saying that those people in that category who came from nothing and worked hard and made something of themselves are now, they’re not paying their fair share of taxes. And it’s like the one percent versus the 99 percent.”
Lovitz said he didn’t like success being demonized, noting that Obama has been immensely successful himself.
“Almost everybody, you ask, how did you succeed?” he said. “They said, ‘I didn’t have anything and I had to work really, really hard, and you have to sacrifice everything.’ You have to have a regular job eight hours a day, then the other eight hours, you’re going to school, pursuing acting, you’re doing all these things.”
“I voted for Obama,” he added. “I’m a Democrat. I also said he’s amazing — what he’s achieved in his own life, which it is. But then he’s like saying, OK. And now, you know, to hell with people like me and everyone else.”
“To me it’s so obviously transparent that he’s saying this to get votes from the masses,” said Lovitz.
Later in the show, Lovitz justified calling Obama “an asshole,” which he said was allowable in a comedy club.
“I was on stage in my comedy club,” he said. “If you’ve ever been to a comedy show, you know, people say anything. And I was laughing. So, yes, I cussed at him, you know? I didn’t cuss at him, but yes, I used colorful words, because that’s how I felt. By the way, I should point out I didn’t invent cussing.”