George Clooney may have gotten laughs in Hollywood when he poked fun at disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff at the Golden Globes Monday, but not all TV viewers appreciated Clooney’s wit.
Especially not Abramoff’s dad, Frank Abramoff, who fired off a missile to Daily Variety in response to Clooney’s crack, which was delivered as he accepted the award for supporting actor for his perf in “Syriana.”
The joke went as follows: “Who would name their kid ‘Jack’ with ‘off’ at the end? No wonder the guy’s screwed up.”
Abramoff Sr. was not amused.
He writes: “Your” — for those wondering, George Clooney does not work at Daily Variety, despite the fact that he portrayed a newsman in “Good Night, and Good Luck” — “glib and ridiculous attack on my son, Jack, coupled with your obscene query as to the choice his mother and I made in naming him brought shame and dishonor on you and your profession. What drove you to this lapse in lucidity, I can never know, but you need to know that your words were deeply hurtful to many innocent and decent people.”
Abramoff went on to suggest that as a Hollywood dignitary, Clooney should be above such jibes. (Apparently, he didn’t watch Chris Rock at the Oscars last year.)
“Is this the tradition of Gable, Bogart, Pacino and Burton?” he wrote. “Are you the heir to the dignity and greatness of Hollywood’s past, or, more likely, a portent to a depressing and horrific future?”
A depressing and horrific future may well be at hand in the movie business. But if the cause is Clooney, Hollywood is getting off easy.