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Jon Stewart and Nazi asparagus


Sam Roggeveen


16 June 2008 18:26

Jon Stewart's Daily Show has an excellent online presence, and watching new episodes has become something of a lunchtime ritual for me. The show is remarkably sharp and insightful about US politics and media. It also has an obvious left-liberal tilt and serves a politically sophisticated audience. All of which makes it baffling why the show is so crude when it comes to discussing foreigners. Stewart regularly gets laughs by deliberately mis-pronouncing foreign names, and when it came to discussing Germany in the most recent episode on the website, well, it seemed there was only one comedic direction to go in:


That's got to be a bit depressing if you'reĀ German; it seems that no matter what Germany's place in the modern world, even sophisticated American liberals will automatically think 'Nazi' when they hear the word 'Germany'. But more importantly, it's also depressing from the US perspective. Americans are said to be insular and ignorant of the world, but I always assumed this was overblown by those with an axe to grind against the US. It's slightly worrying to see Stewart confirm that prejudice by relying on the hoariest of cultural cliches to make jokes about another country.