Jon Stewart desperately courts his own controversy with the Asian-American community

Stephen Colbert was recently subjected to a Twitter campaign to force him off the air — #CancelColbert — thanks to a tweet* that was published late last week by his show’s account:

Colbert tweet

As something of a reward for surviving that media firestorm, Colbert was able to devote the majority of The Report on Monday to his response. He even got to have Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on as a guest.

Never wanting to be left out, Jon Stewart did his best to grab his own piece of the controversy. In a segment about the recent arrest of Chinese-American politician Leland Yee, he made a racially-insensitive joke that lumps orientals together just like Ching Chong Ding Dong in willful ignorance of the obvious fact that Yee is neither Vietnamese-American nor named Nguyen:

Stewart controversy

And I should just leave this post at that.

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*The hashtag in #Asian was a nice touch, though I would strongly recommend not taking the opportunity to click on it. (Here’s a taste of what you’d find. Here’s another, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. Thank you, internet.)

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