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The Daily Show Ponders Dov Hikind Poor Purim Costume Choice of Blackface

February 27, 2013

The New York Observer covers the reaction of the Daily Show to NYS Assemblymember Dov Hickind’s “black basketball player” Purim costume.

Hikind who has totally defended his choice for the usually whimsical holiday telling the New York Times, “The main objective that I have is not to be recognizable. Of course the intention was not to offend anyone. That’s the last thing that I ever imagined that would happen, to be very honest. It never crossed my mind.”

Clearly he’s never heard of Ted Danson.

NYO: “If you live in the New York area, you may be familiar with State Assemblyman Dov Hikind,” the show’s host, Jon Stewart, began as he ticked off allegations of anti-Semitism Mr. Hikind has leveled against others. “Some of this may seem like a bit of an overreaction, but the guy is standing up for a group, whenever he feels this group has been unfairly maligned or held up for ridicule. So what’s he been up to lately?”

He played a clip of a local news broadcast covering the costume controversy, causing Mr. Stewart to lower his head and gasp, “Oh boy.”

After rattling off a few jokes, Mr. Stewart transitioned to a second segment where Jessica Williams, the show’s “Senior Purim Correspondent,” blasted Mr. Hikind and the Jewish community writ large for failing to pay enough respect to “the tenth most-important Jewish holiday there is.”

Reaction to Dov Hikind’s Blackface Costume

Storified by Brooklyn Bugle· Wed, Feb 27 2013 18:43:01

I wrote to Sheldon Silver today urging him to ask @HikindDov to resign. Read my letter here: http://www.samanthalifson.com/2013/02/assemblymember-dov-hikind-should-resign/ (1/2)Sammy Lifson
WTF?! NY Assemblyman wears "black face" to a party! [PHOTO] http://bit.ly/13kIv0CGlobal Grind
@TimesofIsrael don’t think they mocked it at all. Rather they made clear how ridiculous, defensive, and bigoted Dov Hikind came off as…Jesse Olitzky
Assemblyman Dov Hikind is despicable. If you talk the talk you better walk the walk.barbararobin
Bloomberg Condemns dov hikind for dressing up black, but Bloomberg was allowed to call us BLACK HATS!Mashbak MRimnitz
The Jewish assemblyman dressing in blackface doesn’t bother me. It’s his costume and apology that sucked! http://bit.ly/15iDrYYCarl Little
Is there anything wrong with dressing up like Dov Hikind next year?Gifterphotos
@powellnyt Maybe they can hire Dov Hikind as a sensitivity consultant.Eric McClure
Not enough coverage of the Dov Hikind black-face controversy points out that he has always been a virulent racist. #KahanistFrank Matt
Dov Hikind is a douchecanoe, but this is hysterical: http://www.hulu.com/watch/461181 (cc: @MissDahlELama)Rick Lipman
Hikind you don’t fight anti-sematism with bigotry and insensitivity! Chilul Hashem! Resign! http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/jon-stewart-dov-hikind-blackface-jew-cruise-hair-products-article-1.1274763Donald Bixon
Dov Hikind and the overblown liberal media reaction http://fb.me/29ebf62vSHeshy Fried
Dov Hikind waved the Torah on the chamber floor as an excuse for his discrimination against homosexuals. The blackface isn’t surprising.Kevin Marshall
What people who don’t follow NY state politics don’t understand is that it may have been the least offensive Dov Hikind has been in a while.Lawrence
#facepalm | Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind: Sorry for wearing blackface (and then "maybe I would be a gay person") http://soc.li/ceAHNtEEve Adams
This Purim bit on The Daily Show is hilarious. Dov Hikind is a fucking nimrod.Harry Brownstein
Just pissed my pants #sorry watching @TheDailyShow Jessica Williams reporting on Dov Hikind’s Blackface #Purim appearance from last nite #p2GFJacobs
Black Leaders Gather At City Hall To Call For Head Of Blackface Assemblyman Dov Hikind: Gothamist http://bit.ly/XbSEcBHafiz Rashid
F### Dov HikindAndrew Kahn
At what point did this seem like a good idea? #really “@DNDailyPolitics: Dov Hikind apologizes for blackface photo http://soc.li/iHZ18eS”Elisha P
CAIR-NY calls for removal of Assemblyman Dov Hikind http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2013/02/27/cair-ny-calls-for-removal-of-assemblyman-dov-hikind/Sujeet Rajan

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