John M. Becker

Jon Stewart Skewers the Sochi Homophobic Olympics

Filed By John M. Becker | January 22, 2014 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Aasif Manvi, Daily Show, India, Jon Stewart, Nigeria, Olympics 2014, Russia, Russian propaganda law, Sochi, Uganda, Vladimir Putin

jon-stewart-homophobic-olympics.pngYesterday, late-night comedy guru Jon Stewart cast his satirical eye on the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, slamming the host nation's atrocious LGBT human rights abuses and comparing Russia to fellow competitors in what he calls the "2014 Sochi Homophobic Olympics."

Vying with Russia for worldwide homophobic gold is India, for its recent recriminalization of gay sex; Nigeria, for its draconian new "Jail the Gays" law; Uganda, for its proposed law that imposes a lifetime prison sentence for the "crime" of so-called "aggravated homosexuality;" and the United States, for anti-gay comments from Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis and Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Corbett.

Stewart and Senior Olympics Correspondent Aasif Manvi provide a fairly comprehensive primer on the state of worldwide homophobia, all in the context of exciting Olympic events like the "Gay People-Pedophile Connection" and the "100-Meter Backtrack." Who will go furthest backwards for the gold? And will their homophobic competitors intolerate that?

As per usual for The Daily Show, it's pure comedic genius. The segment is in two parts. The first one is below, the second is after the jump.

Part 1

Part 2

Image: Comedy Central.

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