Video: “The Daily Show” defends “South Park” from jihadi threats

posted at 4:14 pm on April 23, 2010 by Allahpundit

Lots of tips coming in about this per yesterday’s post. I give Stewart credit for doing it at all: He didn’t have to, especially knowing that it’ll make Comedy Central management squirm, and he’s taking a risk in calling out jihadist filthbags in such a high-profile format. But even so, he never really addresses the problem. For one thing, he lets CC off the hook:

The censorship was a decision Comedy Central made I think as a way to protect their employees from what they believe was any possible harmful repercussions to them, although after forcing many of these same employees to work on Mind of Mencia and Crog Mondoon … damage done. But again they sign the checks.

No one, including me, holds this against him given that he’s talking about his own boss, but if you take this logic seriously, news bureaus should also start censoring pieces critical of Islam. They have employees too, you know. The retort will be that there’s a difference between journalists and some cartoon about kids in Colorado that traffics in fart jokes, but when it comes to free speech and criticism, is there really? Would Parker and Stone hide behind a “we’re just a cartoon!” defense? They have some pretty strong opinions about criticism and the virtues of satire, and they were willing to put themselves at risk by taking on Mohammed. If Comedy Central’s decided that some subjects are too dangerous to be funny, where do they draw the line?

Beyond that, I figured Stewart would do something bold here in SP’s defense, either showing an image of Mohammed or at least making sure that Islam got a chunk of attention in their sacrilege highlight reel. Not so: Jews and Christians get the bulk of it and then there’s a free-for-all that includes everyone from Islam to Buddhism to Wicca. As a response to that, I’m embedding a second clip below of Anderson Cooper interviewing Ayaan Hirsi Ali about the “South Park” fiasco. Hirsi Ali notes that there’s really only one religion nowadays that consistently claims to be above criticism, and even Cooper feels obliged to remark that you don’t see many threats from buddhists. As for Parker and Stone, they’re busy with their next project, a Broadway musical goofing on Mormonism. I wouldn’t expect many threats over that either.


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BS…my money says management told him to do it.

BigWyo on April 23, 2010 at 4:17 PM

BS…my money says management told him to do it.

BigWyo on April 23, 2010 at 4:17 PM

So many brave naysayers hiding behind screen names.

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 4:20 PM

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 4:20 PM

You mean like SKYFOX and 2Brave2Bscared?

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 4:22 PM

There all equally guilt! Now back to attacking Christians and the Jewish Lobby.

rob verdi on April 23, 2010 at 4:22 PM

If Comedy Central’s decided that some subjects are too dangerous to be funny, where do they draw the line?

The same place all liberals draw the line.

Think about it: Is there really a moral difference between wearing fur and wearing leather? Or is it just EASIER and SAFER to throw paint on little old ladies than on biker gangs?

logis on April 23, 2010 at 4:22 PM

So many brave naysayers hiding behind screen names.
 
The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 4:20 PM

 
You’re referring to “Jon Stewart”, born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, right?

rogerb on April 23, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Stewart used this same fu thing against Fox News a few days ago. I wonder if he thinks foxnews is the same as Islamic Terrorist.

Complete7 on April 23, 2010 at 4:26 PM

BS…my money says management told him to do it.
BigWyo on April 23, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Yep, a bit of light damage control to try and calm the masses. Dhimmis abound.

Bishop on April 23, 2010 at 4:26 PM

he’s taking a risk in calling out jihadist filthbags in such a high-profile format

News flash: “The Daily Show” is not exactly a high-profile format, if you’re referring to the size of the audience.

KS Rex on April 23, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I don’t think anyone should take John Stewart seriously. He describes himself as a centrist (Ha!). Plus, he was in the movie “Half Baked”, and after that, I cannot look at him seriously.

Shock the Monkey on April 23, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Meh …. I don’t worry to much with this.

After the libbies kill off Christianity and Judaism the Mohammadans will kill off the libbies.

HondaV65 on April 23, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Barely. This was the milquetoast of defenses, especially coming from someone who fancies himself such a “rebel” in the news/comedy industry.

MadisonConservative on April 23, 2010 at 4:30 PM

AP nails it: Stewart states, “We’ll opposite threats of death for any religious or political reasons.”

Sorry, that is simply disingenuous. These weren’t Episcopalians, Jon.

Anyway, the threats won out. Didn’t they?

SteveMG on April 23, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Stewart used this same fu thing against Fox News a few days ago. I wonder if he thinks foxnews is the same as Islamic Terrorist.

Complete7 on April 23, 2010 at 4:26 PM

He actually does talk about that in some detail and points out the difference.

lexhamfox on April 23, 2010 at 4:30 PM

So many brave naysayers hiding behind screen names.

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Jihadists I’ll give my name and address.

The internet, I won’t.

I know which is more dangerous.

MadisonConservative on April 23, 2010 at 4:31 PM

I’d love it if everyone in the United States wore a t-shirt with a cartoon of Mohammed. Try to f**k with us then.

EarthToZoey on April 23, 2010 at 4:32 PM

I get threatened by Buddhists all the time. The self-created North American Buddhists. Not the real deal. These wear ugly pants made of organic fabric, shop at Whole Foods and convert bedrooms into “meditation rooms” in their suburban homes. They have the moonbat shriek down pat (must be what they are practicing in their meditation rooms).

Comedy Central sucks just as much as CNN. I like Matt and Trey.

tuffy on April 23, 2010 at 4:35 PM

I believe I just heard the sound of millions of violent Muslims putting down their weapons. Thanks Jon Stewart!

Heralder on April 23, 2010 at 4:37 PM

I’d love it if everyone in the United States wore a t-shirt with a cartoon of Mohammed. Try to f**k with us then.

EarthToZoey on April 23, 2010

I guess we are going understated, and using the old traditional form of FU.

Dr Evil on April 23, 2010 at 4:37 PM

So many brave naysayers hiding behind screen names.

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 4:20 PM

What??

Is Race really your middle name moron???

They trotted out a montage of what everyone knows….You can rip any religion but Islam and not worry about getting killed for it. Wow, way to go out on a limb there.
Good job John Stewart!!

Captain Smug of the Planet All Things Racial shows up to defend Commander Obivious!!!

Well done!!!

$hithead.

BigWyo on April 23, 2010 at 4:37 PM

John Stewart = Sad Viacom spokesman.

tetriskid on April 23, 2010 at 4:40 PM

If you follow the YouTube video back to YouTube you will be greeted by some vilest comments. With quite a few directed against the Jews.

According to one, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a “hatemonger bitch” working with Zionists.

Islam, the only religion with rules of engagement.

Brass on April 23, 2010 at 4:40 PM

How do you KNOW it’s a picture of mohammed? Did he ever pose for photographs? Any paparazzi around back then?

kurtzz3 on April 23, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Captain Smug of the Planet All Things Racial shows up to defend Commander Obivious!!!

Well done!!!

$hithead.

BigWyo on April 23, 2010 at 4:37 PM

LOL!

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 4:41 PM

If you follow the YouTube video back to YouTube you will be greeted by some vilest comments. With quite a few directed against the Jews.

According to one, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a “hatemonger b*tch” working with Zionists.

Islam, the only religion with rules of engagement.

Brass on April 23, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Allahpundit: Profile In Courage!

Please, if Jon Stewart really cared half as much about Truth, Justice and the American Way as he pretends to on the air, HE WOULD HAVE RESIGNED FROM HIS JOB IN PROTEST.

Anything else just shows him for what he really is: pretending to “speaking Truth to Power” — while cashing Power’s check.

fivefeetoffury on April 23, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Is Race really your middle name moron???

You’re referring to “Jon Stewart”, born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, right?

rogerb on April 23, 2010 at 4:25 PM

fun stuff guys

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I think Stewart could have done much more with his piece that he did but oh well….I don’t live and die by what he thinks.

However I thought the second interview was awesome. The lady that Cooper was interviewing was so spot on… We need more people like her to speak up. Don’t get distracted by Stewart’s antics…check out the 2nd video!!

phadedjaded on April 23, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Eh, Comedy Central isn’t scared… in fact, they’ll let this blow up for PR reasons…

ninjapirate on April 23, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Stewart used this same fu thing against Fox News a few days ago. I wonder if he thinks foxnews is the same as Islamic Terrorist.

Complete7 on April 23, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Didn’t Stewart make a point in this clip that the FU to Fox and others was a completely different thing, that as far as he (i.e., Stewart) is concerned, Fox and others are friendly adversaries as opposed to enemies, while the Revolution Muslim group is an enemy?

Ira on April 23, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Dr Evil on April 23, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Well, that too. Just me, as the average gal on the street, isn’t exactly in a position to lob bombs. So, the least I could do is use a little humor to under the skin of these whiny little Islamofascist brats.

EarthToZoey on April 23, 2010 at 4:46 PM

AP why do you want to be Jon Leibowitz so bad. You use his favorite terms like the f-word and the cluster-f word in your posts.

PrezHussein on April 23, 2010 at 4:46 PM

SILENCE!

the_nile on April 23, 2010 at 4:46 PM

If Comedy Central’s decided that some subjects are too dangerous to be funny, where do they draw the line?

The point at which their beliefs begin to cost them something. (Isn’t that the humanist way, my dear, anonymous AllahPundit?)

Cody Baker on April 23, 2010 at 4:48 PM

fun stuff guys

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Nice effort dic@head.

Quick, get on over to the Arizona thread. Lots of low hanging fruit over there…

Moron.

BigWyo on April 23, 2010 at 4:49 PM

If Stewart had the same level of couragious indignation over the treatment of the South Park producers as he does in bashing Christianity he might be relevant. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the one with the guts and my hats off to her.

fourdeucer on April 23, 2010 at 4:49 PM

That was a sad and pathetic ribbing of Comedy Central.

amerpundit on April 23, 2010 at 4:50 PM

He’s just not as good at mocking non traditional liberal foes. Are they bleeping the f bomb or the “m” word at the end. Yes that’s tongue in cheek ;)

Dash on April 23, 2010 at 4:50 PM

BigWyo on April 23, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Awww bumpkin. Whatchasobentabout?

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Let’s call these thugs out on their dare. I wish Comedy Central would.

lexhamfox on April 23, 2010 at 4:55 PM

I love that South Park is a equal opportunity offender. They go after Christians, Jews, Mormons, Muslims, etc.

Everyone is fair game to be made fun of on South Park. Except for me. ;)

Conservative Samizdat on April 23, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Awww bumpkin. Whatchasobentabout?

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 4:54 PM

So you jumped on in here to run your mouth and you got nothing??

Once again…good effort dick*ead.

BigWyo on April 23, 2010 at 4:59 PM

According to Wikipedia, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is now living in the USA. If the Wikipedia information is correct, good for US!

Ira on April 23, 2010 at 5:00 PM

he’s taking a risk in calling out jihadist filthbags in such a high-profile format.

Have to disagree here. This is not much of a risk. It is not against Islam to make fun of Muslim terrorists. It is against Islam to make fun of Islam or Mohammed. It is against Islam to show a depiction of Mohammed. And it is punishable by death.

The problem with this whole discussion is that we are ignoring the obvious. Muslims are not the problem. Islam is the problem. Thankfully, the vast majority of Muslims either have no idea of the contents of the Koran or they willfully go against the teachings contained therein.

It’s not that Muslims are more “sensitive” to insults, it’s that they are commanded to kill those that insult Islam. This is a feature exclusive to Islam, there is no equivalent in any other major religion.

July 10 on April 23, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Actually, I thought Krod Mandoon was pretty dang funny.

WitchDoctor on April 23, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Once again…good effort dick*ead.

BigWyo on April 23, 2010 at 4:59 PM

That’s the second time you mention me a very specific region of a very specific organ in a very short time. I get the hint, but no sweetcheecks, I’m not interested.

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Is Jon Stewart supposed to funny?

conservative pilgrim on April 23, 2010 at 5:02 PM

*to be*

conservative pilgrim on April 23, 2010 at 5:02 PM

As for Parker and Stone, they’re busy with their next project, a Broadway musical goofing on Mormonism. I wouldn’t expect many threats over that either.

I doubt it. Even when they make fun of Mormons on SP, it seems to be pretty affectionate.

Emily M. on April 23, 2010 at 5:02 PM

That’s the second time you mention me a very specific region of a very specific organ in a very short time. I get the hint, but no sweetcheecks, I’m not interested.

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 5:01 PM

You win.

BigWyo on April 23, 2010 at 5:06 PM

As for Parker and Stone, they’re busy with their next project, a Broadway musical goofing on Mormonism. I wouldn’t expect many threats over that either.

This is because there is nothing in Mormonism that commands Mormons to kill those that insult Mormonism. Muslims that kill or threaten those that insult Islam are simply following Islam.

Get it?

July 10 on April 23, 2010 at 5:08 PM

It all falls a bit flat, doesn’t it, when we remember that CNN self-censored the danish cartoons. So, Cooper, with all his sympathetic cooing sounds a bit hypocritical.

Blaise on April 23, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Stewart is a limousine liberal. He’s all for ‘free speech’ as long as he doesn’t have to put his butt on the line to defend it. Push comes to shove, Jonnie will convert to Islam in a heart beat.

GarandFan on April 23, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Nuff said

macncheez on April 23, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Nice interview by Anderson Cooper

BrideOfRove on April 23, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Is Jon Stewart supposed to funny?

conservative pilgrim on April 23, 2010 at 5:02 PM

No, he’s supposed to be very deep and insightful, speaking truth to power while at the same time being funny. Oh wait, he’s supposed to be a comedian first while at the same time being very deep and insightful, speaking truth to power. He is all things to all mankind…

yubley on April 23, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Violence from islam and the left goes along with it.

Imagine this came from some TEA Partier? Oh lord the shit storm would be worse than the AGW storms of 2010. Then it would be perfectly OK to brand the entire movement by one’s misdeeds.

jukin on April 23, 2010 at 5:24 PM

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 5:01 PM

This guy is just so witty and intelligent…… I can’t help but feel swayed by the written beauty that he scribes tirelessly every single day.

Rightwingguy on April 23, 2010 at 5:26 PM

He said it:

“Revolution Muslim, your type of hatred and intolerance — that’s the enemy.”

I am satisfied that he stood up for the principle of free speech.

scrubjay on April 23, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Hey Jon Stewart! Wanta really make a point?

How ’bout playing a game of “Pictionary” on your show, where every clue involves “Mohammad?”

“Mohammad receiving the Koran!”

“Mohammad marrying his child bride!”

“Mohammed playing with his dog!”

“Mohammed putting infidels to the sword!”

Double-dare ya, Jon!

notropis on April 23, 2010 at 5:49 PM

I’m sure that Rosie O’Donnell will still say that Christians are equally as dangerous. Fools.

Rose on April 23, 2010 at 5:59 PM

How about Jon devote half as much weekly airtime to Islam’s crazier adherents as he does to people talking on Fox News?

Speedwagon82 on April 23, 2010 at 6:02 PM

So many brave naysayers hiding behind screen names.
The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Beyond stupid.

Buy Danish on April 23, 2010 at 6:08 PM

The 10 minutes of Jon Stewart was lame.
Notice he did not make fun of the Muslim religion or Mohammed or show any symbols of it?
Wimp.

albill on April 23, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Jon Stewart is a pussy. Always has been, always will be.

holygoat on April 23, 2010 at 7:22 PM

The 10 minutes of Jon Stewart was lame.
Notice he did not make fun of the Muslim religion or Mohammed or show any symbols of it?
Wimp.

albill on April 23, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Yes, that was noticed. It’s rather simple: Stewart did not make fun of Islam or Mohammed because to do so is punishable by death.

It’s not personal, and it’s not cause Muslims are personally “upset” by such blasphemy, it’s simply part of their religious beliefs to kill those who offend Islam.

July 10 on April 23, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Islam has a punchline.

Which Muslims are not allowed to get.

(This makes them volatile.)

profitsbeard on April 23, 2010 at 8:26 PM

(*Islam’s “punchline”: The perfect Koran. Which, historically, is a palimsest volume, incomplete, plagiarized, linguistically obscure, psychologically curious, sadistically flavored, and a strategically theo-political document cobbled together by a Caliph (who burned all other disagreeable “Korans”) in order to consolidate power by controlling the mess of ‘Mohammad Sayings’ and honing it into the tone he needed to rule. In effect: THERE IS NO PERFECT KORAN, and, without that, Islam falls. *Rimshot*)

profitsbeard on April 23, 2010 at 8:39 PM

The 10 minutes of Jon Stewart was lame.
Notice he did not make fun of the Muslim religion or Mohammed or show any symbols of it?
Wimp.

albill on April 23, 2010 at 7:06 PM

-
Yeah… but he did make fun of EVERYBODY ELSE… Including that little poke at the black church singing and dancing. Limp.

RalphyBoy on April 23, 2010 at 8:48 PM

I love Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and I’m so happy to hear her say that the episode was funny and witty. I read part of the interview earlier, but it only covered her statements on the threat. I couldn’t imagine that she would ever watch it, because she’s so serious and erudite and stoic. I love her even more knowing that she did.

Tanya on April 23, 2010 at 9:08 PM

wow now that was the correct response from Jon Stewart! Screw those A-holes!

sonnyspats1 on April 23, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is hawt.

rickyricardo on April 23, 2010 at 10:22 PM

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is hawt.

rickyricardo on April 23, 2010 at 10:22 PM

You should give to her Defense Fund, fanboy.

tlynch001 on April 23, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Stewart is a pussy and a hack. Allah, you didn’t seriously expect him to truly defend the Creators of South Park?

Daemonocracy on April 23, 2010 at 11:12 PM

re: Stewart. I know he’s supposed to be some great intellectual oracle of my generation but…..*yawn*

simon on April 23, 2010 at 11:38 PM

Stewart is a pussy and a hack. Allah, you didn’t seriously expect him to truly defend the Creators of South Park?

Daemonocracy on April 23, 2010 at 11:12 PM

+42

I love how JS presents himself as an equal opportunity offender, yet the religion that mostly deserves ridicule is in a collection of clips of “all the other religions,” I counted one clip about Muslims and it wasn’t even a racy. Singing FU is not gutzy, if JS had a set of testicles, (and I apologize if he lacks the two due to medical reasons), he would have entered the apartment of his Muslim co-worker, stepped into the restroom and “accidently” peed on a copy of Koran.

Michelle Dubois on April 24, 2010 at 2:00 AM

I love how JS presents himself as an equal opportunity offender, yet the religion that mostly deserves ridicule is in a collection of clips of “all the other religions,” I counted one clip about Muslim and it wasn’t even a racy. Singing FU is not gutzy, if JS had a set of test*cles, (and I apologize if he lacks the two due to medical reasons), he would have entered the apartment of his Muslim co-worker, stepped into the restroom and “accidently” peed on a copy of Koran.

Michelle Dubois on April 24, 2010 at 2:03 AM

Yes, is Atta’s first name.

{^_-}

herself on April 24, 2010 at 3:28 AM

Bleah – so it can’t take a greater than as a non-tag.

{bleep} is {bleap} Atta’s first name.

{^_^}

herself on April 24, 2010 at 3:29 AM

Stewart deserves credit for bringing this up, but he also copped out big time.

He made sure to say “all political and religious threats” to paraphrase. But its only one group that threatens and murders over things like this John, grow a pair and call Radical Muslims out don’t be PC and group every religion together.

Rbastid on April 24, 2010 at 4:09 AM

Stewart deserves credit for bringing this up, but he also copped out big time.
….

Rbastid on April 24, 2010 at 4:09 AM

I agree, he pretty much pulled his punches on this segment, and did not even dare to air any of the SP footage that sparked all this. But he did thank Jews and Christians for being saps. Thanks, Comedy Central, fair-and-balanced as always.

virgo on April 24, 2010 at 2:13 PM

You mean like SKYFOX and 2Brave2Bscared?

The Race Card on April 23, 2010 at 4:22 PM

Or… The Race Card?

It’s funny though. I haven’t been here in weeks, if not a couple of months, and yet the second story I click contains a post from you with my name in it. Obsessed much?

By the way (though not that it matters), I do regret signing up here with this moniker. If you know how I can get it changed, let me know. Also, you can call me Joel Peterson if you’d like. What’s your real name, tough guy?

2Brave2Bscared on April 24, 2010 at 5:01 PM