Friday, May 14, 2010

Jon Stewart Loses His Dinner Invitation (Again)

This particular disappointment certainly didn't take long:

Aasif Mandvi, a self-described “liberal Muslim” and the “senior Islamic correspondent” for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, said on air after the “South Park” threats that it would upset him to see the Prophet Muhammad depicted in a cartoon. But, he added: “Here’s what’s more upsetting. Someone, in the name of a faith that I believe in, threatening another person for doing it.”

But after the failed Times Square terror attack, "The Daily Show" asked Mandvi not to comment further on the matter, according to his spokesman. In fact, reps for the networks and television shows reached for comment on this article, including Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, FOX, NBC, and CBS, either failed to respond or asked to speak on background for fear of retribution.
It's hard to know what, exactly, happened here, especially since no one involved has said anything further to clarify matters since the story first appeared. Or if they have, I'm not aware of it, and I've been waiting (and looking) for just that. Either way, it's more than a little disturbing, given Stewart's earlier stand against censorship and giving in to radical Islamic fear and intimidation.

Hopefully, Mandvi will say something more about this, and soon. Or Jon Stewart will. Stewart is an executive producer of The Daily Show, after all, and that's hardly a ceremonial title in his case. He could easily address this on the air. And in front of a gospel choir, if he wanted. (Even Molly Norris was honest enough to make her turnaround in public, at least, and this certainly seems like a turnaround.)

Until then, Jon Stewart's dinner invitation to my home is hereby revoked (again).