Koch brothers slam 'guy who makes obscene gestures with a monkey'
August 7th, 2012
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Koch brothers slam 'guy who makes obscene gestures with a monkey'

(CNN) - Actor Zach Galifianakis may be known for his less-than family-friendly sense of humor, but billionaires David and Charles Koch demonstrated Tuesday they don't find him so funny.

The comedian is co-starring with Will Ferrell in the upcoming comedy, "The Campaign," which features a pair of wealthy donors called the "Motch brothers," played by Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow.

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Galifianakis, whose uncle served as a U.S. congressman from North Carolina, told the New York Daily News on Monday that it was "pretty obvious" the Motch brothers, a pair of wealthy donors who attempt to manipulate political campaigns, were crafted after David and Charles Koch, best known as the "Koch brothers."

The Koch brothers are high-profile figures in the Republican Party who support conservative and libertarian causes. Backers of the group Americans for Prosperity, the pair of industrialists are expected to spend tens – if not hundreds – of millions on Republican causes this year.

In July, the Kochs hosted a fund-raiser for Mitt Romney in Southampton, which drew multiple protests from Occupy Wall Street crowds.

In the interview Monday, "The Hangover" star wasted no time expressing how he feels about the real-life industrialist titans.

"I disagree with everything they do. They are creepy and there is no way around that. It's not freedom what they are doing," Galifianakis said.

Apparently, the real Koch brothers weren't so amused. A spokesman for the industrialist titans released a statement, chiding the actor's comments.

"Last we checked, the movie is a comedy. Maybe more to the point is that it's laughable to take political guidance or moral instruction from a guy who makes obscene gestures with a monkey on a bus in Bangkok," said Philip Ellender, referring to a scene from the movie "The Hangover Part II."

Ellender continued: "We disagree with his uninformed characterization of Koch and our beliefs. His comments, which appear to be based on false attacks made by our political opponents, demonstrate a lack of understanding of our longstanding support of individual freedom, freedom of expression, and constitutional rights."

"The Campaign" is produced by Warner Bros., which, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner.

– CNN's Mark Preston and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Wont someone give the rich a break. All they want from this election cycle is a little respect (and return on their investment)"

    Have no fear...Romneyhood will assure that they get the advantages and preferential treatment that is their birth right. After all, if you're not rich, it's your own fault for not picking a better vagina to fall out of.

    August 7, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Name just say no to socialism

    Of course the Hollywood elite would skip any mention of the control that Soros had over the democrat party. Just more hypocrisy from the left.

    It does make me sad to read all the comments here from those who wish to rush headlong into socialism and give up their hard won liberties.

    Next stop communism, complete with forced abortions, lots of stabbings since guns will have been stripped from the people and lots of suicides ala 1984 as people lose hope of anything in the future, but I imagine the dopes posting here know nothing about China and have never read 1984.

    August 7, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Wont someone give the rich a break. All they want from this election cycle is a little respect (and return on their investment)"

    Have no fear!!! Romneyhood is here!!! He'll assure that the wealthy maintain the advantages and preferential treatment that is their brithright! After all, if you're not rich, it's clearly your own fault for not choosing a better hoohoo to fall out of.

    August 7, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Ex-Republican

    I was a Republican for over 40 years. It is this fictitious rebuttal to an opposing point of view that contributed to my leaving a great party. Why would guys with enough money to bankroll the Government, use an attack on Zach G's movie character instead of Zach himself. I really don't appreciate being talked to like I'm incapable of realizing the difference between reality and fiction. Say something of substance. The Tea Party hijacked the Republican Party and now the Tea Party has been hijacked by a few financially interested party. And so it goes. God help the Republican Party.

    August 7, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. DarqueSide

    The Koch brothers like free speech when it applies to them dumping buckets of money, but they don't seem to appreciate it when a comedian exercises HIS right to free speech. Grow up and grow a pair, boys!

    August 7, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. jacksonian2012

    The Koch brothers are nothing short of frightened, angry white men. They think their spoils can buy a government and that makes them less than American. They choose to manipulate the very society that gave them what they have while creating their own brand of social terrorism along the way. If they want to change something, why don't they run for office? At least that might give us a reason to admire them.

    August 7, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. deejm2112

    Dean- the middle class pays few taxes? I have some statements the say otherwise.

    The Koch brothers are one of many reasons this country is in such trouble, where politicians are bought and paid for by the super rich. Politicians don't represent the people that elected them, they represent campaign donors. Obviously this movie hit a nerve....

    August 7, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Really?

    I would rather live in a world of Koch Bros than Soros any day.

    August 7, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Rednip

    lol, why does the GOPers seem to think that the fiscal crisis was caused by not taxing the poor/middle class at a high enough rate. They also complain that children and seniors don't pay any taxes at all while helping Romney hide his tax based shenanigans.

    August 7, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. GBfromOhio

    I have no problem with the Koch brothers inheriting all that money, that's fine, but trying to buy our democracy while expousing hateful rhetoric and legislation just to benefit their ego and bottom line is unacceptable. One of these days poor, blue collar and middle class people will just rise up and eat the rich. Eventually happens in all societies when the uber wealthy plunder all of the resources of a nation.

    August 7, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Common sense grandma

    I could be wrong, but it seems to me this comedian and the script writers ARE exercising freedom of expression. Seems a lot of those on the far right only believe in that freedom when opinions and speech are pre-approved by them.

    August 7, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Drew

    The Koch brothers have never met an election they didn't try to buy. They're all about freedom, you know. The freedom to manipulate as much as they can.

    August 7, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. indie52

    Look they think money can buy an election. The brothers should ask Meg Whitman how well that works.

    August 7, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Jimm

    Name just say no to socialism

    Of course the Hollywood elite would skip any mention of the control that Soros had over the democrat party. Just more hypocrisy from the left.

    It does make me sad to read all the comments here from those who wish to rush headlong into socialism and give up their hard won liberties.

    Next stop communism, complete with forced abortions, lots of stabbings since guns will have been stripped from the people and lots of suicides ala 1984 as people lose hope of anything in the future, but I imagine the dopes posting here know nothing about China and have never read 1984.

    ------

    A little paranoid are we? Just how much has George Soros contributed this year?

    August 7, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Dustin

    I knew I liked Zach. It's weird how the Koch's have to respond to every criticism in such a paranoid critical way. I didn't hear Obama responding to True Blood using his name to identify terrorists.... Be an adult and quit being so dam paranoid.

    August 7, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. J.T. Fey

    Hey Harry Pelham, do you want a country that is more and more "for the rich people, by the rich people"? The Koch Bros. and their ilk only want to make it easier for large corporations to make more money, pay less wages and stash their profits in off-shore investment so they can avoid paying taxes. The middle class in this country is shrinking, and I can't understand why regular working Americans want to support a party more interested in corporate profits than anything else. Reagan's "Trickle Down Economic Theory" was a sham then and it's a sham now.

    August 7, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. ray

    i am 58 years old and i have never seen a canidate lie like romney, everything comes out of this guys mouth is a lie. the people on the right called themselves christians, what a joke, these people on the right killed christ.

    August 7, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. Truth

    He's doing something right.

    August 7, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. jennymay

    Always the plan of attack if someone says something about you publicly that may be true... make the person sound crazy and not credible. Of course, Mr Galifinakis is a smart man, most great comedians are, so they cannot attack him, so they go for his Hangover character LOL

    August 7, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  20. Trickle down doesn't work

    "Hey Mitt, what's a little polluted water between friends...it's not like we have to drink it! LOL! Here's a few million, go buy your wife another cadillac and get yourself another one of them fancy dancing horses...you can write it all off anyway..LOL!"

    August 7, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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