Former CBS Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson does not like Donald Trump. At Monday night’s Simon Weisenthal Center dinner at the Beverly Hilton, emcee Ferguson got right to the point:
“Tonight we put politics aside. Except let’s all agree that Trump is a maniac. Really what is going on? Do you think he experiences self-doubt? Like, ever? It’s a human condition! Does he ever wake up like four o’clock in the morning and think, like, “Maybe I’m a dick? Does he ever think that? If all the Republicans are calling you a dick, and all the Democrats are calling you a dick and people all over the world are coming together and calling you a dick like it’s “Calling You a Dick Live Aid,” or something,” Craig continued by singing, “You are a dick, you are a dick,” anyway I digress.”
The night honored Lionsgate’s CEO Jon Feltheimer. The dinner raises funds for both the famed Simon Wiesenthal Center and its noted sister organization, the Museum of Tolerance located in Los Angeles.But there is little tolerance left for Trump, ironically.
Ferguson first pointed out the powerhouse crowd, which included SWC trustees Ron Meyer, Les Moonves, Ted Sarandos, and Jeffrey Katzenberg that “I’ve done this event many times. You do know that I’m not Jewish, yes? I’m not going to get circumcised again, I’m too old for that.” Craig went on to roast his pal Jon a bit, “Jon spends his days watching grumpy cat videos.”
Feltheimer told the crowd that “I’m proud to be part on an industry that has put pressure again on states that are trying to pass intolerant laws,” (referring to North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi etc, that are passing discriminatory laws.)
The dinner is also one of the most heartfelt events in jaded Hollywood. Medals of Valor were given to the Parisian Iman Hassen Chalghoumi, who condemns Islamic extremism, the Priest Norbert J. Hofmann, who is the secretary of the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, and posthumously to Carl Laemmle, the founder of Universal, who saved hundreds of Jews by arranging their safe passage to America.
Ron Meyer called his friend of over 40 years, Rabbi Marvin Hier, “a fearless crusader who challenges all of us to be better. He’s strong and committed and one of the bravest men I know.” The event broke the record of most money raised, north of 2 million dollars. As Rabbi Hier said, “ The Museums of Tolerance should be a required visit for all of our presidential candidates.”