In honor of those who were killed for telling jokes, comedians Jon Stewart and Conan O’Brien both took a moment on their late-night shows to discuss the attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Stewart opened up the Jan. 7 episode of The Daily Show saying “I know very few people go into comedy as an act of courage, mainly because it shouldn’t have to be that.” Stewart segued into a purposefully thinly veiled takedown of the terrorists who attacked the Hebdo offices in France and killed 12 people, and he and Aasif Mandvi did so by discussing Nazi cows.
The offices of Charlie Hebdo were attacked on Jan. 7 in an assault led by gunmen that killed 12 people. Hebdo has published cartoons with caricatures of the prophet Muhammad that some groups have considered blasphemous.
Conan O’Brien also addressed the shooting on Conan, noting that Americans may take for granted how they are allowed to “poke fun at the untouchable and the sacred.”
He expressed his and his crew’s sadness “for anyone in the world who now has to think twice before making a joke. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be.”
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