'The Daily Show' Ambushed Some Redskins Apologists For A Show Segment, So Of Course Someone Called The Police
It's not exactly clear exactly what happened, but here's the gist of it as I understand it. The Daily Show's Jason Jones invited some Washington D.C.-area NFL fans to discuss their continued allegiance to the Redskins nickname and logo, in a segment to be aired on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Of course shenanigans ensued, with a group of Native American activists barging in and confronting the Redskins fans. Things got so contentious that one of the Washington fans called the police. Yep. "Officer, they were mocking me! (sobs)." Not exactly the Cherokee Trail of Tears, but close I'm guessing.
The encounter at a Dupont Circle hotel was so tense that an Alexandria fan said she left in tears and felt so threatened that she later called the police. She has told “The Daily Show” to leave her out of the segment but doesn’t know whether the producers will comply.
“This goes way beyond mocking. Poking fun is one thing, but that’s not what happened,” said Kelli O’Dell, 56, a former teacher who lives in Alexandria and doesn’t watch the show regularly. “It was disingenuous. The Native Americans accused me of things that were so wrong. I felt in danger. I didn’t consent to that. I am going to be defamed.”
* The irony of that last paragraph must have been dripping off the walls and ceilings, and will probably take weeks to clean up. 'I didn't consent to that -- I am going to be defamed' could be the official motto of the Native American anti-Redskins movement, if only they could get legal consent from O'Dell.
* The Daily Show usually goes "way beyond mocking", and if you'd watch it occasionally you'd know that. Know what you're signing, folks. This is like agreeing to appear on Game of Thrones and being shocked when you see breasts.
* If your argument is so weak that you run from the room in tears and call the cops, perhaps you should re-examine your beliefs.
One of the Native Americans, Amanda Blackhorse, said that the segment was to show that Redskins apologists would explain their position with words that they wouldn't say if actual Native Americans were in the room. So The Daily Show arranged for that to happen. Sure, it all makes sense in your head, until you have to explain it to the actual people who are offended. Then you cry foul.
The Native Americans later took some abuse of their own, when they attended a Redskins tailgate prior to the team's home opener with the Jaguars -- and received some choice profanities.
It always amuses me when Daily Show critics accuse Jon Stewart of failing to uphold strict journalistic standards. Actually folks, it's a comedy show. Do you expect "Nathan For You" to do the same? Did the "Reno 911" cops have to read you your Miranda Rights? Just because "The Daily Show" does a better job of interpreting and reporting the news than Fox News does, don't look under the desk for Walter Cronkite.
I'd like to report a crime. I said a bunch of things I wouldn't have said if I had known THEY were going to be there http://t.co/GfbLauL1oZ
— Chet (@Chet_G) September 20, 2014
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