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Dov Hikind Gets ‘The Daily Show’ Treatment

‘I guess some people are still stuck in the 56th century’

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Jon Stewart and Jessica Williams. (DailyShow.com)

Jon Stewart kicked off The Daily Show last night with a lengthy introduction of Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, whom Stewart credited as a “vigorous critic of anti-Semitism,” giving a laundry list of Hikind’s good work in combating the misappropriation of Holocaust imagery and challenging anti-Semitism in all its forms. Stewart added:

“Some of this may seem like a bit of an overreaction, but the guy is standing up for a group, whenever he feels this group has been unfairly maligned or held up for ridicule. So what’s he been up to lately?”

If you haven’t been following the news, the answer is that Hikind has been fending off criticism for wearing blackface on Purim, apologizing once half-heartedly, calling a press conference Monday, and then apologizing more sincerely yesterday.

This did not shield Hikind from Stewart’s wrath last night, who took him to task for using Purim as an excuse to be offensive and for dressing up in blackface during Black History Month. We’ve heard plenty about this story already, but what comes next is a fantastic piece of satire.

Some thoughts:

Is it overkill that Stewart devoted five minutes of his show on this issue? Probably.

Should ‘The Daily Show’ have been following closely enough to note Hikind’s more substantive apology came hours before this segment was taped? Absolutely.

Despite the frustration of having this embarrassing story go national, isn’t it also kind of impressive that the smallest details of the story of Purim–even in sketch form–can be fed to American audiences without any real fear of the message being lost? Definitely.

Earlier: Dov Hikind Apologizes for Real This Time
The Dov Hikind Purim Backlash Grows

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Stewart has to continually prove that he’s one of the “good” Jews. Ie…doesn’t identify himself too strongly as being Jewish, doesn’t really back Israel and isn’t religious.

Hikind has a long, discreditable history and is deserving of no lenience from his critics.

And the notion that he was unaware of the repercussions of his choice just strains credulity. He was in office during the Broad Channel scandal.

Totally not overkill. Dov habitually overreacts. And in his district, this sort of ignorance is something of a problem and is an outgrowth of racist attitudes in the community. That Dov is playing clueless when he knows better makes it much worse.

As a New Yorker who is not Jewish and who has visited Israel quite a few times, I found this segment quite hilarious. (But I have to tell you, even in Israel they don’t dress up as Biblical characters. My own grandson was dressed up like a little sailor.) His show seems to hit subjects with such humor and is never offensive in my point of view. Even when I travel I love to see the show on the internet.

The only additional thing Stewart should have noted is that all the Democratic mayoral candidates will be kissing up to Dov this summer prior to the primary in August.

quizblorg says:

“Is it overkill that Stewart devoted five minutes of his show on this issue?”

That depends. To put it into perspective, how much time did the Daily Show devote to Charles Barron?

Not one second, you say?

“combating the misappropriation of Holocaust imagery and challenging anti-Semitism in all its forms. Stewart added:

“Some of this may seem like a bit of an overreaction”

Ah, I see.

Reptilian2012 says:

And don’t forget his goy children!

That’s pretty funny.

Stewart is constantly talking about being Jewish on his show. EVERY show, he mentions that he’s Jewish. This gets very tired, very fast. And it’s one reason why Colbert is a lot funnier.

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