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UK lawmakers complain over Jay Leno joke

2012-01-26 19:15

London - British lawmakers say Prime Minister David Cameron should complain to the United States over a Jay Leno routine which joked about the holiest site in the Sikh religion.

In a motion published at Parliament on Thursday, two legislators said Leno had shown a complete misunderstanding of the Sikh faith.

Leno made a joke on January 19 on the Tonight Show in the US, when he showed a photo of an impressive gold building and claimed it was Republican Mitt Romney's summer home.

The site was actually the Golden Temple, a revered Sikh site.

British opposition Labour Party lawmakers Virendra Shrama and John McDonnell proposed a motion demanding Cameron call on the US to show more respect toward Sikhs.

The move does not compel Cameron to take any action.

 

Comments
  • Gollum - 2012-01-26 19:41

    The joke was actually on Mitt Romney, it basically potrayed his wealth. I think the British Labour Party are hard pressed for any real issues to get miffed about. There was no intended insult at all to the Sikh religion anyway. What should be embarressing though is the religous people who flaunt their wealth in such a public way, especially in places like India where so many live in abject squalour. I mean look at the place. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmandir_Sahib

      Boer - 2012-01-26 21:51

      Ag please it's perfectly legal to make jokes about anything in the US, i' s called freedom of expression and it's in the constitution which was written in 1787. Who ever complained about the joke in England has no jurisdiction over it. Damn Brits needs to deal with it and take care of theire DENTAL needs.

  • TheWatcher - 2012-01-26 19:56

    What has the Sikh religion got to do with the UK? If they are offended by it then they would say so themselves.

  • Wim - 2012-01-26 20:01

    Freedom of speech provided the Poms approve.

  • Godfrey - 2012-01-26 20:22

    Same old complaint. No one has the right not to be offended. If someone is blatantly rude, disrespectful, impolite, mocking or unpleasant we all have the ability right and advise them to our displeasure. After which we can walk away and choose not to have any more to do with them. No one has ever died from rudeness or a joke. I’m fairly certain no one has ever been even a little ill because of it.

  • Dan - 2012-01-26 21:17

    Way to go Jay Leno !!!!! , your joke made fools out of the whole british parlement and country . Like gollum sed the joke is on Mat Romney , but the poms in their stupidity made it a joke on the whole country . Jay Leno got the poms to make themselfs the biggest fools in the world . I dont know of any other comedian that ever got a whole country including the Parlement to take the bait and make fools out of themself . Wish i could shake the mans hand and give him a Bells

  • Barry - 2012-01-26 21:56

    I think there should be total sanctions placed on the USA for this ... Ha Ha ...

  • mike.clery - 2012-01-26 22:15

    The Loony Left at it again? I thought they were extinct.

  • mary.kircher - 2012-01-26 23:02

    the U.K. is so politically correct these days - their comedy shows are not even funny anymore - get a life guys ! It's called humour.

  • Blip - 2012-01-27 04:16

    Oh, boo! Leno might have used the Taj Mahal or St Pauls Cathedral, but they're just not gaudy enough.

  • Ian - 2012-01-27 06:51

    oh shame, the poor poms, get lost man

  • Alfred - 2012-01-27 06:52

    Looks like the Sikhs are just as humourless and fanatical as the muslims.

  • Garth - 2012-01-27 08:36

    Keriist - what a crock of shiite. Aren't you just sikh and tired of religious intolerance?

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