No, I’m not kidding. The Catholic League announced today a “Campaign Against Jon Stewart,” in which they will pressure advertisers on the Daily Show to withdraw their support in light of some comments and images on the show that they didn’t like. (For the record, Stewart was talking about the curiously different reaction on Fox News to the “War on Christmas” vs. the “War on Women,” and the image shows up at 12:15 in this episode.)
Now, obviously, the League’s boycott is not going anywhere, so this story would normally be unworthy of discussion. But what stands out is the League’s choice to depict Jon Stewart – who is Jewish, and who often loudly self-identifies as such – in flames.
That’s just a very, very bad choice. It’s especially bad when you realize that today, the day on which the Catholic League made this announcement, is Yom HaShoah, the international day of remembrance for victims of the Holocaust. Which, in case you had forgotten, featured many Jews literally going up in flames.
Maybe the League didn’t realize that today was Yom HaShoah. Or maybe they didn’t care. Either way, the image is offensive and embarrassing to the League, and they should remove it. It’s far worse than anything that showed up on the Daily Show.