There’s a new scandal brewing in Washington, DC related to Hollywood culture. When presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made a verbal pledge to help “restore America’s promise” at the start of the recently televised Arizona GOP debate, the crowd cheered. As his speech cadence was interrupted by the round of applause, he laughed tried to make a quip. “As George Costanza [from the television series Seinfeld] would say, ‘When they’re applauding, stop.’” But that was what has the Republican candidate in hot water with the Emmy nominated actor who played the character George Costanza. George did not say that line at all…
Buzzfeed.com notes, “[Mitt] had the quote wrong, and it wasn’t uttered by George Costanza… it was Jerry Seinfeld who said to George (in the season nine episode “The Burning”), “Showmanship, George. When you hit that high note, you say goodnight and walk off.”"
Jason Alexander, the man who played the bumbling but lovable character George Costanza quickly reacted to Mitt Romney’s Seinfeld trivia misquote via Twitter.
“Thrilled Gov. Romney enjoys my old character. I enjoyed the character he used 2 b 2. If he’d embrace that again, he’d b a great candidate,” Alexander tweeted.
What do you think? Is it right for Hollywood stars to jump all over the republican candidate for getting his Seinfeld TV show quote wrong or should Jason Alexander have simply been flattered that the candidate mentioned knowing his character’s name at all?
It is likely than Romney’s handlers were the ones to tell him to use the misquote and who actually were the ones who made the error, as Romney would have known the real line if he had ever really watched the hit show or its reruns himself.