Somebody, it seems, takes Jay Leno’s jokes quite seriously.
NBC’s Tonight Show host recently showed a picture of a glittering gold building and claimed it was Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s summer home.
Ha-ha, because he’s rich, right? We get it.
Well, it seems the building is India’s Golden Temple of Amritsar, the holiest site in the Sikh religion. Sikh leaders were annoyed and protested the joke. Then Indian-American Randeep Dhillon filed a lawsuit.
From the lawsuit filed Tuesday against NBC and Leno, obtained by EW.com: “The publication and broadcast was libelous on its face and clearly exposes the plaintiff, other Sikhs, and their religion to hatred, contempt, ridicule and obloquy because it falsely portrays the holiest place in the Sikh religion as a vacation resort owned by a non-Sikh … plaintiff has suffered loss to his reputation, shame, mortification and hurt feelings.”
We certainly wouldn’t want to pile on the, um, obloquy, but it sounds like they’re giving the Tonight Show a lot of credit here. Plus, the gag was clearly satire, which is firmly protected. According to the AP, Sikh leaders say they’ll settle for an apology.