Jay Leno Faces Backlash -- Including Potential Pressure on State Department -- After Joke Offends Some Viewers NY Times, BBC
Jay Leno has come under fire after some viewers were offended by a gag that appeared in Thursday's broadcast of NBC’s "Tonight Show," reports The New York Times' ArtsBeat blog.
A bit during Leno’s monologue showed what appeared to be a segment from "The Insider" that depicted the homes of the Republican presidential hopefuls. When Mitt Romney's summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee was announced, the video instead showed the Golden Temple in Amritsar, which is a shrine and the spiritual center of the Sikh faith, the piece reports.
The joke drew an angry response from India’s Sikh community.
"It is quite unfortunate and quite objectionable that such a comment has been made after showing the Golden Temple," said overseas Indian affairs minister Vayalar Ravi, according to the BBC. He said the Indian embassy intended to take up the issue with the U.S. State Department, the story adds.
A representative for "The Tonight Show" declined to comment, according to The Times.
Here’s the gag, while it lasts: