#ICYMI: The Daily Show’s “American Border Story”

In case you missed it last night, Stewart weighs in on immigration reform.

Too bad some of the jokes were a bit too stereotypical (aliens? Chipotle? nachos?) and giving props to Sen. Schumer, but you get the point about the Republicans.

The Daily Show’s Fabuloso Response to Coca Cola #SpeakAmerican Ignorance

Leave it to The Daily Show to offer one of the best responses we have seen about the whole Coca Cola ad.

Our only beef? You could have added a Spanish speaker in the response, but still, it does speak to the core issue here, one that has been too common.

Perhaps Some of the Funniest “Daily Show” Segments We Have Seen in a While

Thank you, Jon Stewart.

Seriously. Thank you.

From The Daily Show: “The Two Faces of Illegal Immigration” (VIDEO)

We will let this clip from Thursday’s “The Daily Show” speak for itself.

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Watch it all the way to the end.

In Case You Missed It: The Daily Show Gives a Nod to Disney’s “Día de los Muertos” Fiasco

Hey, it was only a few seconds, but The Daily Show did indeed talk about the Disney “Día de los Muertos” fiasco from two weeks ago.

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Here it is.

Yeah, The Daily Show’s “Cinco de Mayo” Segment Didn’t Work… At All

This one is tough to write, since we are huge fans of “The Daily Show,” and 99.9% of the time, we love what they do. This past Monday, however, a “Cinco de Mayo” segment reported by Jessica Williams just didn’t feel right. First of all, it perplexes us as to why correspondent Al Madrigal didn’t host the segment, because he probably would have dealt with it with a bit more grace and authenticity. But that is for another post.

Now, we get what Williams and the show’s writers were trying to accomplish in the three-minute report: compare the commitment of immigration reform activists to the boorish behaviors of Americans who like to drink and whoop it up on Cinco de Mayo. Even though the premise of the segment started with promise, it soon devolved into something else that just made us uneasy watching.

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Was it when Williams mocked the story of the young man who was explaining how his dad was deported when he was a teenager? Or when Williams took the immigration demonstrators to a bar celebrating Cinco de Mayo? How about when the bar manager was introducing “taquitos” to the demonstrators? Or when the drinking game was being played? And did the ending really make sense given the context of the piece?

Here is the full segment for you to decide.

 

We have seen the segment a few times already, and it just feels like it needed another day or two to contemplate the message it was conveying. Was it funny? Some of it was. Was it condescending? Yes, big time. Williams’ biggest mistake was that she went from mocking herself to making fun of the demonstrators. Maybe that is why it made us feel so uncomfortable watching.

In the end the comedy mocked those who are marginalized from society. Look at us! Witty New Yorkers making fun of dedicated immigration reform advocates! And that is the segment’s biggest problem. The self-deprecating humor disappeared rather quickly from the piece. Too bad.

The Daily Show Does It Again: Obama’s Giant Speech and Water for Elephant

In case you missed it, Jon Stewart’s take on the whole State of the Union night.

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Obama and the Giant Speech.

 

It continues.

 

And of course, there’s Senator Marco Rubio.

 

Toss in a “Harlem Shake” from later in the week, just because we wanted to share it.

From The Daily Show: Grand Theft Semi-Auto (Coming for Your Guns)

Jon Stewart does it again.

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Connect the dots, people, when it comes to gun control. Here’s part one.

And here’s part two.

MUST WATCH from The Daily Show: Jon Stewart Takes on Gun Control

Once again Jon Stewart is spot on.

 

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Part one of the Scapegoat Hunter sets the stage.

Part two drives the point home with pure brilliance:

“Technology has democratized violence.”

“What is really going on here?”

“So this is what is: their paranoid fear of a possible dystopic future prevents us from addressing our actual dystopic present.”

Comedy Central Responds to Rebels About Daily Show “La Comay” Segment

After running a story this morning about The Daily Show not mentioning the current boycott of WAPA-TV’s “SuperXclusivo” program (the top-rated show in Puerto Rico) during a segment with Wyatt Cenac, we reached out to Comedy Central for comment.

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We requested to see if someone would speak to the segment, which shows Cenac interviewing La Comay and basically celebrating her brand. We received the following response from their Comedy Central’s corporate communications team:

Last night was the show’s last episode of the year and they are currently on hiatus until January 7th.

This is the same response that Comedy Central gave ABC News, who linked back to our original story. So we guess that no one wants to answer the question. Considering that The Daily Show is known for asking the tough questions, it is disappointing that they won’t provide any additional details as to why the segment aired without any mention of the current boycott and how the show is losing advertisers daily due to controversial comments made by the show last Tuesday about the death of publicist José Enrique Gómez. Sorry, we’re on vacation.

In the meantime, according to the Boicot La Comay Facebook page (70K+ likes in about eight days), the following brands pulled their advertising from the show today: Ford Puerto Rico and Kia Motors Puerto Rico. These two companies have joined a growing list of advertisers who had quickly walked away from the show, which according to reports, is now losing over a million dollars each week in revenue.

While many think that the boycott is not going to last, today it received a major boost when the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators revealed its public support for the boycott. Here is what Minnie González, a Connecticut state representative of Puerto Rico and the NHCSL President, told El  Nuevo Día (translation is ours):

No hay espacio para programación ofensiva y maliciosa que daña la imagen de los latinos en general y en el caso específico de  puertorriqueños, particularmente cuando eso proviene de nuestra misma comunidad. (There is no place for this type of offensive and malicious programming that damages the image of Latinos in general and Puerto Ricans, specifically, especially when it comes from our own community.)