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Arch Stanton
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posted 28 August 2002 03:59 PM      Profile for Arch Stanton     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ray Hanania interview from last week.

I just got this today via e-mail:

AP) Aug 28, 2002 -- A Chicago comedian scheduled to open for comic Jackie Mason was told hours before the show he couldn't perform because he is of Palestinian descent, Mason's manager said.

Ray Hanania, a 49-year-old fledgling comic, was supposed to open for Mason's Tuesday night show at Zanie's comedy club in Chicago. Instead,
the club phoned him a few hours before to tell him his act was canceled.

It's not exactly like he's just an Arab-American. This guy's a Palestinian. We were not told about it ahead of time," said Jyll Rosenfeld, Mason's manager. "Jackie does not feel comfortable having a Palestinian open for him. Right now it's a very sensitive thing, it's just not a good idea."

Mason, who has appeared on Broadway and in films such as "Caddyshack II" and "The Jerk," has been an outspoken member of the Jewish community.
He supports Israel and has received at least one award from the Israeli government.

"Nothing personal against this fellow," Rosenfeld said. "Jackie doesn't even know him."

But members of Chicago's Arab-American community did take it personally.

As the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaches, Americans should be doing more to unite, said Ali Alarabi, president
of the United Arab American League.

"I'm outraged," Alarabi said. "It is an act of hate and racism against Palestinians, and we demand an apology."

Rosenfeld cited recent Israeli-Palestinian violence and delayed peace talks in explaining Mason's decision.

"Don't turn this into a racist issue, because it's not," Rosenfeld said. "We just felt this is not a good idea at this time."

Hanania said he has been a comedian for less than a year and has about 20 performances under his belt. He started performing after Sept. 11 in
an effort to lighten the situation and bring people together, he said.

"I'm upset because I deserve to be on stage and it was a big break for me," Hanania said.

Zanie's General Manager Linda Moses said Hanania's inexperience contributed to the cancellation. She said Hanania was replaced by a comic who
has opened for Mason several times in the past.

"It's just the fact that he is an unknown," Moses said. "(Mason) is just not comfortable with having an unknown act. It's understandable."

In cases like this, the club must defer to Mason's wishes, Moses said.

Hanania, a Vietnam War veteran and former reporter, said he believes the decision should be based on how funny and entertaining he is. He said
that if the decision was simply that he is a "lousy comedian," then he would be satisfied.

"We're coming up to the anniversary of Sept. 11, and we should be bringing people together," Hanania said. "We continue to fall into the trap
of pushing people apart."

From: Borrioboola-Gha | Registered: Mar 2002  |  IP: Logged
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posted 28 August 2002 11:45 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Mason's manager says that Mason won't have the guy open for him because he's a Palestinian and then turns around and says, "Let's not make this a race issue"!?

What an idiot. What the hell ELSE is it? And don't even GO THERE with that crap about the guy being an unknown comedian when Mason's own manager said himself that it's because the guy is Palestinian.

From: I've got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell. | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
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posted 28 August 2002 11:59 PM      Profile for Secret Agent Style        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Jackie Mason was on Crossfire tonight and was very agitated and defensive. He said:

1) He knew Ray Hanania was Palestinian when the show was booked
2)He has nothing against Arabs, and that he did shows with a Jordanian the week before
3) He wanted a small show without much publicity. He just wanted to practice material for an upcoming project.
4) Hanania publicised the show without Mason's permission
5) The Jewish community found out that Hanania wrote some newspaper columns criticising Sharon (calling him a butcher or something) and they wanted Hanania kicked off the lineup
6)Hanania will still do a couple of shows later in the week, and will be paid for the shows he was booted off of

This is quite different from what Mason's manager said, so one of them isn't telling the whole truth. I'm sure we'll get more details later.

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Arch Stanton
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posted 29 August 2002 11:22 PM      Profile for Arch Stanton     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Jackie Mason on CNN.

Mason gives his version. His interview starts about 3/4 of the way down the page.

From: Borrioboola-Gha | Registered: Mar 2002  |  IP: Logged
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posted 30 August 2002 09:57 AM      Profile for Briguy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Nice interview style. Did they get Carlson from FoxNews? What a twit.
From: No one is arguing that we should run the space program based on Physics 101. | Registered: Nov 2001  |  IP: Logged
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posted 02 September 2002 05:32 PM      Profile for meades     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
D'oh! missed this...
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