Leno sued for libeling the Sikhs

Golden Temple of Amritsar

The other day, I blogged about the fact that innocuous, bland, silly Jay Leno had come under fire in India for making a joke that saw Romney vacationing in a golden palace — with the palace his staff selected just happening to be a famous Sikh temple in India.  The fact that the joke had nothing to do with Sikhs and everything to do with Romney was irrelevant.  The Sikhs suddenly added themselves to the roster of “Religions of Perpetual Outrage.”

To date, this newest entrant to the Religion of Perpetual Outrage roster hasn’t resulted in actual bloodshed, but it has triggered a lawsuit:

Dr. Randeep Dhillon of Bakersfield filed the suit today in Los Angeles Superior Court. On behalf of himself and what Dhillon called Bol Punjabi All Regions Community Organization, the suit charges that the broadcast was libelous on its face and exposed Sikhs and their religion to hatred, contempt and ridicule because it portrayed the holiest place in the Sikh religion as a vacation resort owned by a non-Sikh. The suit charges that Leno’s use of the photo of the temple was intentional, deliberately false and “hurt the sentiments of all Sikh people in addition to those of the plaintiff.” The suit seeks general, special and punitive damages as well as court costs.

Jay Leno (Image by Michael Albov)

They say that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality.  Perhaps being thrown into the deep end of the political correctness swamp will force Jay Leno to revisit some of the liberal perceptions that color his life and humor.

(Hat tip:  A friend.)

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  • Charles Martel

    No, it won’t make Leno see the light. This incident will go totally over his PC head.
     
    A good judge—there are still some out there—will toss this out of court while emitting a loud fart.

  • http://OgBlog.net Earl

     
    Did you write that before having your coffee, BW?
     
    Because you were really dreaming when you wrote that last sentence!

  • jj

    The world is increasingly filled with people who make me goddamed tired.  Never thought about the Sikhs, I must admit, but there they are, aren’t they, contending for Ass**** of the year in the politically Correct Wounded Feelings division.
     
    Forget Iran.  What you really want to do is keep nuclear weapons away from me.         

  • MacG

    I guess forgiveness is not part of the Sikh’s deal.  Forgiveness and praying for – nay – loving one’s enemies is a major vein of Christianity.  Occasionally there’s a rupture and a headline is created but overall it is why ‘comics’ are free to castigate with virtual impunity.

  • Gringo

    MacG
    I guess forgiveness is not part of the Sikh’s deal.
    There is a reason male Sikhs all carry  a small sword called the kirpan, and it isn’t for turning the other cheek.
    Indira Ghandi can tell you all about that, as she was assassinated by Sikh bodyguards in revenge for the Indian government’s attack on the same Golden Temple, to remove Sikh separatists. In the rioting after her assassination, an estimated 5,000 Sikhs were killed.
     
    I do not listen to  late night TV, so I am not an authority on Jay Leno. But over the years, I have gotten the  impression that Jay is much more politically neutral in his humor compared to David Letterman.
     
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Temple_Massacre

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Gringo:  Leno is more politically neutral than Letterman, but that only makes him moderate by comparison (and I say this as someone who enjoy Leno occasionally).  He has conceded that, to the extent he’s political, he hews Democrat.

  • jj

    Leno is as liberal as anyone of whom you’ve ever heard.  But he’s a professional about his work, and better at recognizing that his personal beliefs have no place in the show.  Letterman is far less able to control himself.  Just as Shep Smith is 100% liberal, but he’s a professional – maybe the only one – news anchor.  He, almost uniquely, keeps his own views – mostly, he slips now and then – entirely separate from his job.   

  • Gringo

    This is for Sadie:
    It’s not chic for a Sikh to turn the other cheek