Sikh group sues over Jay Leno’s Romney joke

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Dr. Randeep Dhillon, who heads a Punjabi religious organization, has sued comedian Jay Leno and NBC over a joke Leno told on “The Tonight Show” last week about Mitt Romney’s wealth.

Leno showed a photo of a glittering gold building and said it was Republican presidential candidate Romney’s summer home. The building in the photograph is the Golden Temple, the holiest site in the Sikh religion. Dhillon claims that by portraying the shrine, Leno exposed all Sikhs to “hatred, contempt, ridicule, and obloquy.” His suit in Los Angeles Superior Court does not describe how Sikhs were thus damaged.

The Associated Press reported that India’s foreign ministry had lodged a complaint with the State Department in Washington. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Jan. 23 that Leno’s comments “appeared to be satirical in nature.”

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