Jay Leno Joke Draws Ire of Indian Government

by | January 23, 2012 at 12:35 PM | The Tonight Show

Jay Leno (Photo: NBC)

It’s amazing how Jay Leno, often considered the late night host who tells the safest jokes, seems to be getting in trouble for those “safe” jokes lately. First, he was a victim of poor timing, making an accident joke at a biker rally right before two participants were killed in a crash. Now, an innocuous “Tonight Show” joke about Mitt Romney has gotten Leno in hot water with officials of the Indian government, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In the joke, Leno flashed up a picture of the Golden Temple, a Sikh holy shrine, as part of an “Insider” report on the GOP candidate’s homes; the joke made it look like the gold-plated temple was Romney’s new summer home. However, the gag didn’t go over well with Vayalar Ravi, India’s minister for non-resident Indians, who said, “This is not acceptable to us and we take a very strong objection for such a display of an important place like the Golden Temple. The Indian Embassy is fully aware of it and they will take it up with the State Department.”

THR also found a “Boycott Jay Leno” page on Facebook, which currently only has 51 likes.

Our thought is that we wish all of this attention was being heaped on a joke that was actually funny. But, hey, after all the flak David Letterman has gotten in recent years — over his jokes, not the stuff he did that actually deserved flak — it’s time Leno discovers what happens when political correctness runs amok.

Watch the joke below:

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