Billionaire Republican donors Charles and David Koch want their fans and unwitting followers to know that it’s unwise to take “political guidance” from “a guy who makes obscene gestures with a monkey on a bus in Bangkok.”
That’s according to Koch spokesman Philip Ellender, who seems to have gotten a bit testy after comedian Zach Galifianakis revealed that two characters in his upcoming film “The Campaign” are a parody of the industrial titans who’ve dedicated mountains of wealth to unseating President Barack Obama.
The two characters in “The Campaign” are called the “Motch brothers,” two generous, conservative political donors played by actors John Lithgow and Dan Ackroyd. In an interview with The New York Daily News on Monday, Galifianakis said that it was “obvious” who the characters are meant to portray.
“I disagree with everything they do,” he said, referring to the brothers Koch. “They are creepy and there is no way around that. It’s not freedom what they are doing.”
“Last we checked, the movie is a comedy,” Ellender said Tuesday morning in a prepared statement. “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.”
The Bangkok reference was a dig at a scene in “The Hangover II,” in which a monkey chews on what looks like a penis and Galifianakis declares the sight to be “funny in any language.”
“We disagree with his uninformed characterization of Koch and our beliefs,” Ellender added. “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.”
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