This is not something to which the arrogant celebrity would readily admit, mind you though he might throw some kudos the way of President Barack Obama. When George W. Bush was at the helm of “the home of the free and the brave,” Stewart bemoaned the plight of his fellow citizens at the hands of the government and the media, both of which contributed to his fame and fortune.
His particular pet peeves are the Republican Party and Fox News, which he refers to as “Bulls—t Mountain.” This is a pretty puerile piece of copywriting coming from such a comedic giant as Stewart is purported to be. But never mind, his left-wing politics are in the “correct” place, and that’s what counts ― in the
This would be funny if it weren’t so sad.
The disturbing story began two years ago, during the “Arab Spring” uprisings. When violent anti-Mubarak protests erupted in
Practically overnight, Youssef became a household name in
It was just a matter of time, then, before Youssef would become targeted by the regime he has been spoofing. Indeed, earlier this month, Youssef was charged with insulting President Morsi and defaming Islam. This week, he turned himself in and was granted bail.
In response to his arrest, Youssef made a statement that was a lot milder than anything the real Jon Stewart ever had to say about a Republican politician.
“I don’t have any personal vendettas against anyone,” Youssef said. “On the contrary it would be an honor for me to host any of those I criticize on my show it would be a success for myself and also a success for freedom of thought and expression, as it would send a message to the people that they, the Muslim Brotherhood, are in power. They accept criticism and that once they leave the show I would still criticize them. This happens all over the world so why can’t it be for us?”
Speaking of the Muslim Brotherhood in terms of “freedom of thought and expression” is as oxymoronic as it is moronic. But let us remember that Youssef is at the mercy of the terrorist organization running his country. Youssef could be in genuine peril as a result of his popular performances, not laughing all the way to the bank, like Stewart.
In fairness to Stewart, however, he did step up swiftly to the plate to defend his Egyptian counterpart. On “The Daily Show” this week, he lashed out at Morsi in a lengthy rant, an excerpt of which is as follows: “
After the show aired, the US Embassy in
But what nobody is bothering to bring up these days – least of all Stewart himself – is that Stewart was all for the uprisings that led to the Muslim Brotherhood takeover in
“We could go all night bringing up examples of pundits and bloviaters on the Right who couldn’t do enough to promote democracy in the
This is comedy at its best.
Ruthie Blum is the author of “To Hell in a Handbasket: Carter, Obama, and the ‘Arab Spring.’”
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