These Sikhs have just lumped themselves in with Muslim extremists – not a good way to bring attention to yourself and to make friends. Newsflash: America isn’t India, where your ethnocentric cult is coddled by the law – and RELIGION IS NOT A RACE. The “racism” and “defamation” cards are really getting old.
This lawsuit needs to be thrown out and the plaintiffs made to bear the costs – telling jokes is surely a First Amendment right on the part of Leno. Can we sue supremacist and male-dominant religions for libeling and defaming humanity, especially the female half? Criticizing and ridiculing sexist and bigoted religious ideologies is part of my religion – who can I sue for oppressing me in my religion?
I have always liked Sikhs, a number of whom I’ve been friendly with over the years (some funny stories), but this wisdom-less brouhaha is very disappointing. I do have a question for Jay, however: Would you dare ridicule Islam and Muslims?
Jay Leno’s really taking it on the chin over his joke about Mitt Romney last week.
Leno has taken heat from a religious group after cracking that presidential contender Romney keeps the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, as his summer home. And how he’s being sued by a religious organizer who claims that Leno libeled the entire Sikh religion with his joke.
In court papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday and obtained by The Wrap, Dr. Randeep Dhillon, who does business as Bol Punjabi All Regions Community Organization, claims that Leno “hurt the sentiments of all Sikh people in addition to those of the plaintiff” with his joke. Dhillon further claims that Leno’s joke “clearly exposes plaintiff, other Sikhs and their religion to hatred, contempt, ridicule and obloquy because it falsely portrays the holiest place in the Sikh religion as a vacation resort owned by a non-Sikh.”
Claiming libel, Dhillon is seeking unspecified damages, plus court costs.
Since making the joke — which was a riff on Romney’s wealth — Leno has taken heat, with one group launching an online petition against Leno. The petition claims that Leno has a history of making discriminatory comments about the Sikh religion.
“Previously, in 2007 he called Sikhs ‘diaper heads.’ In 2010, he remarked, falsely so, in his monolog that President Obama could not visit Sri Darbar Sahib because of requirements of wearing a turban,” the petition reads. “Clearly, Jay Leno’s racist comments need to be stopped right here.”
NBC has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.