Clint Eastwood purposely acted “frazzled” and “a little old” to convey the “meanderings of an older person” at the Republican National Convention last week, contended comic Jackie Mason in a radio interview.
Mason, widely regarding as one of the greatest stand up comedians of all time, dubbed Eastwood’s RNC performance “absolutely brilliant” and “perfectly conceived.”
Speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio, Mason gave his expert opinion on Eastwood’s monologue ripping President Obama at last week’s convention in Tampa.
Stated Mason: “I thought it was absolutely brilliant and all these commentators that are fiddling with it sound like idiots to me. They are trying to intellectualize it, interpreting it because it was too much comedy, it was inappropriate, it was insulting, it was bad taste. And these people are absolutely nuts.”
Continued the comic: “Clint Eastwood was trying to do one thing. He was trying to do a comedy routine and it was a brilliantly conceiving comedy routine. And he purposely put on an act of being a little frazzled, of being a little old, to make it sound like he wasn’t being intentionally abusive or directly attacking anybody.”
Mason said that Eastwood intentionally tried to convey the “meanderings of an older person who happens to be saying these things.”
“And this was so artfully, perfectly conceived,” Mason added. “[Eastwood] hit the nail exactly on the head and he made a total idiot out of Barack Obama.”
Mason slammed media critics of Eastwood:
“It couldn’t have been less than a phenomenal success because the only thing that counts is what the audience thinks of it. If 3,000 people love something and they think it’s a sensation and they are laughing their heads off and one commentator decides its a flop. Who would you listen to? This one commentator?
“You would think he wasn’t in the same building. His purpose was to entertain the audience not to figure out if this one commentator finds enough significance in his every word.”
Mason told Klein that “each one of [Eastwood's] lines had a huge insane laugh. The audience loved every minute of it.”
“If you read it you’ll find every joke was exactly to the point, very sharp commentary,” he concluded.
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