Following the recent news that Bassem Youssef, known as Egypt's Jon Stewart, turned himself in after being issued an arrest warrant for insulting Islam and president Mohamed Morsi, Stewart used the top of his Monday show to defend the comic. While Stewart made jokes about all the times his own show has insulted U.S. presidents, even the one he "supposedly likes," the most poignant moments came at the end of the segment when Stewart became serious.
"By the way, without Bassem and all those journalists and bloggers and brave protesters who took to Tahrir Square to voice dissent, you, President Morsi would not be in a position to repress them," Stewart said. "For someone who spent time in jail yourself under Mubarak you seem awfully eager to send other people there for the same non-crimes. And just like you they will only emerge from prison stronger and more determined so all sending comedians and bloggers to prison accomplishes is lower the quality of prison-yard athletics."
So yes, he did end up on a light note. In the segment Stewart also managed to throw in a joke about NBC, who apparently cannot catch a break.
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