During a segment on Monday night's episode of "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart defended Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef's right to free speech. Morsi's government moved against Youssef after he made fun of the president's large, silly hat and his weak command of the English language.
Stewart contended that Morsi would not be in power without Youssef and the protestors of the Arab Spring. He pointed out just how little power a comedian actually has, adding that The Daily Show had never toppled a government, stopped a war or even silenced CNBC's Jim Cramer.
Youssef has vowed to continue with his show and political satire. "This kind of program is extremely new to the region. We have actually created a huge impact in the region," he told CBS News on Sunday. "We are destroying taboos, and taking away the holiness of the leadership through satire, through humor," he explained. "So I think many people up there are panicking, and they don't know how to deal with it."