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May 6, 2007

Lisa Lampanelli boycotted by deaf crowd

From: - USA - May 6, 2007

Author : Entertainment News Editor

ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 6 Comedian Lisa Lampanelli, the self proclaimed "Lovable Queen of Mean," was boycotted by deaf people in New York after she joked about their disability. "I had said that deaf people aren't really deaf, they are just retarded and trying to upgrade themselves," says Lampanelli. "All of a sudden, they are protesting. I'm like, are you kidding me? If you can't see that's a joke, you are not just deaf, you are blind." One of the protestors gave her show at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., a chance and actually liked it, The New York Post reported Sunday.

"At the end (at RIT), some guy came in, signing, and he says, 'I was one of the protestors and I gave your show a chance, and you are really good.' But I was really sad that day, because I got love for everybody," she said. "I act like I don't give a (expletive deleted), but I care. I'm 45 years old and I believe in karma. I'm gonna care if people get it."

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