Zach Galifianakis, while promoting his upcoming movie The Campaign, made headlines yesterday after saying he found Charles and David Koch “creepy.” Less than pleased, the Koch brothers responded, deeming it “laughable to take political guidance or moral instruction from a guy who makes obscene gestures with a monkey on a bus in Bangkok.”
Galifianakis told the New York Daily News that, in the politically themed movie, there’s an obvious parallel between the two characters and the real-life Koch brothers.
To emphasize money’s influence, [his new film The Campaign] also features Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow as the Motch brothers, billionaire benefactors intent on manipulating the political process to increase their wealth.
“I think it is pretty obvious that the Motch brothers represent the Koch brothers,” says Galifianakis, referring to the industrialists known for supporting conservative advocacy groups. “I disagree with everything they do. They are creepy and there is no way around that. It’s not freedom what they are doing.”
The Koch brothers, high-profile in the Republican Party, responded with a reference to the movie The Hangover Part II. Per their spokesman, Philip Ellender:
“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.”
Ellender further added:
“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.”
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