Last week, the late-night funny man became the target of jihadists on Shumukh-al-Islam, a website which, according to SITE Intelligence Group, frequently posts messages from Al-Qaeda and their supporters, after he made an ill-received joke wherein he mocked the death of senior Al-Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri by dragging his finger across his neck. “Is there not amongst you a Sayyid Nosair al-Masri (may Allah release him) to cut the tongue of his lowly Jew and shut it for ever,” read one such message, referring with admiration to a man who as been tied to both the 1990 murder of Israel politician and Rabbi Meir Kahane as well as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Lettterman, who is not actually Jewish, seems rather unperturbed, making light of the ire during on tonight’s Late Show. According to Gossip Cop, he uses his monologue to thank the audience for acting as a human shield, and to wonder if his insurance policy leaves him covered for Jihad. He then more directly addressing the threats:
“You’re not going to believe what happened. A guy, a radical extremist threatened to cut my tongue out. I wish I had a nickel for every time a guy has threatened …I think the first time was during the Academy Awards.”
And, ultimately, makes a few shots himself:
“And so now, State Department authorities are looking into this. They’re not taking this lightly. They’re looking into it. They’re questioning, they’re interrogating, there’s an electronic trail – but everybody knows it’s Leno.”
The Top Ten segment is also devoted to the threats, featuring “Top Ten Thoughts That Went Through My Mind After Hearing About The Threat,” during which he wonders, “Why is the staff in such a good mood?”
Addressing the threats for the first time since they were made against them, it seems unlikely that Letterman will hold his tongue, or, for that matter, apologize. Death threats, it seems, are just to bountiful fodder for funny.
Watch the video from CBS below:
H/T Gossip Cop
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