Jon Stewart Compares Islam-Bashing Group to Philly Sports Fans

The topic of the opening segment of The Daily Show last night was Garland, Texas, where, on Sunday, two gunmen opened fire at an American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) event offering up a $10,000 prize for the best drawing of the Prophet Muhammad. Jon Stewart offered some practical advice to the shooters and anyone who may want to follow in their footsteps in the future: “I can’t believe we have to reiterate this,” he said. “It is not okay to shoot other people because you are offended by what they draw. Even if they drew it to offend you—no shooting of them.”

But the shooters weren’t the only ones he went after. Philly sports fans took some heat, too, when Stewart compared them to “active anti-Muslim group” AFDI, which, as Huffington Post points out, “has repeatedly tried to provoke and offend Muslims in the name of free speech.”

“AFDI is a First Amendment group the same way people from Philly are sports fans,” Stewart said. “Ostensibly, they like sports. But really they’re just looking for an excuse to punch a stranger and pour beer on someone’s baby.”

Harsh!

Check out the full segment in the video above.

Why Trevor Noah is the Best Person to Replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

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Photo from Trevor Noah Facebook

Comedy Central finally released the name of Jon Stewart’s replacement on The Daily Show, and the announcement was met with a resounding “who?” Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old South African comedian, joined The Daily Show as a contributor just four months ago, and even fans of the show may have missed his segments if they weren’t tuning in every night.

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14 Great Philadelphia Clips from The Daily Show

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There has been a lot of shakeup in late-night television recently, and now we have another change: Jon Stewart announced yesterday he will leave The Daily Show this year. Stewart said he expects to leave sometime after July. His contact is up in September; he took over TDS from Craig Kilborn on January 11, 1999.

Stewart, a New York City native, has done features in Philadelphia from time to time on his show. He had extensive reports on two major political events in the city — the 2000 Republican National Convention and the 2008 Democratic presidential debate and primary — and has sent correspondents to Philadelphia for various reasons over the last 16 years.

Here’s a collection of cool clips — commentary from Stewart and correspondents’ reports from the city — involving Philly from Stewart’s tenure at The Daily Show.

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Jon Stewart Is Leaving the Daily Show at the Right Time

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For his own sanity — and, perhaps, for ours — Jon Stewart couldn’t have picked a better time to announce he’ll be stepping away from The Daily Show.

To understand why, you only had to go back one night before his sudden, shocking Tuesday retirement announcement and watch Monday night’s episode of the show. The topic: NBC’s Brian Williams and his apparent record of mistruths when relating anecdotes about his experiences covering Iraq and some of the other big stories of the last decade or so.

Stewart’s take? Maybe lying is bad, but Brian Williams’ lies weren’t nearly as bad as … Dick Cheney’s lies.

You know. The ones from a decade ago.

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Jon Stewart, Cheesesteaks And The Phillies Shake Shack Debacle

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Over on the Philadelphia magazine news blog, they’re talking about Ryne Sandberg‘s claim that he got food poisoning from eating at Shake Shack in New York. This, needless to say, got Jon Stewart a little steamed and, as the man is wont to do, he turned his giggly rage once more on Philly, cheesesteaks, Rocky, Philadelphia Cream Cheese and the Phanatic.

It’s a solid rant. I particularly like the part toward the end when he cracks up and mouths how much he really likes our signature sandwich of “beef scraps” and Whiz.

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Morning Headlines: Realtors and Architects Excluded From Yesterday’s Elections

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Election results and the legalization of gay marriage have basically taken most of the headlines today, but let’s see what we can dig up on in the worlds of real estate and design.

Charlie was a sinner. Gets A Menu And Opens The Doors: new restaurant with enraging punctuation and syntax (though Fiona Apple would probably be into it) opens on 13th Street. [Foobooz]
Jon Stewart Slams Philly, Cheesesteaks, Art Museum, Phanatic: He won’t have those stairs to mock for long if Frank Gehry’s plan gets realized. [Philly Mag]

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