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Claim: When singer Mariah Carey's was asked to comment on the passing of King Hussein of Jordan, she confused him with basketball star Michael Jordan.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1999]
Origins: No, Mariah didn't say this to CNN, nor did the snippet above appear in
Consider the following joke widely told about Jesse Jackson in the 1980s, which also invokes a confusion of Middle Eastern politics with sports to poke fun at a well-known figure's alleged lack of experience in world affairs:
After he declared his candidacy, the reporters asked Jesse Jackson what he thought about Beirut. He said, "Babe Ruth?" Well, he was a good ballplayer, but I must confess I personally prefer Hank Aaron.Additional Information: Mariah Carey and the King of Jordan (E! Online)
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