No Laughing Matter?


NBC Comedian Jay Leno’s skit mocking Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wealth by showing an image of the Golden Temple as his ”summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee” has fallen flat with the Indian government and some members of the Sikh community.

Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi has directed the Indian Embassy in Washington to lodge a protest with NBC over the “quite unfortunate and quite objectionable” satire. And a California Sikh activist Randeep Dhillon has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that Leno had “hurt the sentiments of all Sikh people” and that his remarks “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.”

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