What do you do when one of your heroes disappoints you so deeply?
Last night on the Daily Show, after a hiatus, they started out with fat jokes. With Jon Stewart in a fat suit. How droll. Not. A whole sketch about how Jon apparently became hugely fat by eating cheese steak sandwiches and milkshakes at the Jersey Shore while he was on vacation.
I love Jon Stewart. I love the Daily Show. And it is so disappointing to see this kind of bigotry portrayed on a show that is my main source of news.
Actually, in his moment of Zen, Jon was shown dancing around in his fat suit, looking like he was having the time of his life – and I liked those joyous images. But of course, they had to end with Jon doing exercises asking “is it gone yet” after each push up. Grrrr.
I don’t know how Jon can’t see the connection between his actions and the quote played later in connection with health reform where someone complained about their tax dollars going to help people who were killing themselves. I may be wrong, but I took this to be an attack on fat people – and that somehow we are unworthy of health coverage.
I did post on the Daily Show forum with my complaint, and I was happy to see, I was not the first person to complain about the fat jokes.
I hate these kinds of quandaries of conscience. The Daily Show is usually excellent. I really don’t want to boycott it. But I don’t want to support this kind of behavior either.
I’ll be interested to see what kind of feedback on my post in their forum. Last time (on a non-fat related issue), I got good response directly from the people working on the show. If you too are a fan of the Daily Show, I strongly recommend you go to their website (http://www.thedailyshow.com) and post.