facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

[VIDEO] 'Egyptian Jon Stewart' defended by American original

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   April 2, 2013 at 10:59 AM   |   Comments

1 of 3
April 2 (UPI) -- 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."

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Why the fake braces trend may be dangerous for users Why the fake braces trend may be dangerous for users
2
Jared Leto 'stopped eating' for his 'Dallas Buyer's Club' role Jared Leto 'stopped eating' for his 'Dallas Buyer's Club' role
3
Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady drop $14M on Manhattan home Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady drop $14M on Manhattan home
4
Kelly LeBrock arrested for DUI Kelly LeBrock arrested for DUI
5
Brandi Brandt faces drug charges in Australia Brandi Brandt faces drug charges in Australia
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback