Leno’s 'Tonight Show' joke offends Sikh community
January 24th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

Leno’s 'Tonight Show' joke offends Sikh community

Late night hosts are using everything they've got to poke fun at the Republican presidential candidate race, from Jimmy Fallon making campaign ad parodies to Jimmy Kimmel’s “A Charlie Brown GOP Debate."

But “The Tonight Show’s” Jay Leno might have gone too far for a few laughs.

On January 19, the show aired images of each GOP candidate’s home during Leno’s monologue. When it came to Mitt Romney, however, the image of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, India was shown as his summer home, possibly to mock the extent of Romney’s wealth.

To Sikhs, the Golden Temple (also known Sri Harmandir Sahib and Sri Darbar Sahib), is a place of worship called a gurudwara and is the most well known one in the world.

The Golden Temple is an important spiritual center and point of pilgrimage for many Indian religions due to its location in the holy city of Amritsar. It's also a sensitive part of India’s history, as it was the site of Operation Blue Star in 1984, where the Indian Army killed several Sikh militants.

As a result, the Sikh community is none too pleased with Leno, and his quip has led to the creation of an online petition at change.org asking Leno and NBC to “stop defaming Sikhs and using derogatory remarks against the Sikh shrines.”

“This derogatory depiction of Sri Darbar Sahib as the home of [the] rich is contrary to the reality and hurtful to the sentiments of the Sikhs,” the petition said. It also went on to assert that Leno has previously insulted the Sikh community. At the time of this post, there are 3,582 signatures out of the 5,000 needed.

According to the BBC and CNN’s sister network CNN-IBN, India’s Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, Vayalar Ravi, has spoken out against the comment.

“It is quite unfortunate and quite objectionable that such a comment has been made after showing the Golden Temple,” he said. “The Golden Temple is the Sikh community's most sacred place...The American government should also look at this kind of thing.”

The BBC reports that Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman for the State Department, defended the joke while saying that the US had “absolute respect” for the Sikh community.

"I hope [Leno will] be appreciative if we make the point that his comments are constitutionally protected in the United States under free speech and, frankly, they appeared to be satirical in nature," she said. “Our view is obviously that Sikh Americans have contributed greatly to the United States.”

The issue has started a debate in the media and on social media networks.

Abhijit Majumder, an editor at the Hindustan Times, tweeted, “Read about Jay Leno joke. Next mass movement should be over largescale disappearance of India's sense of humour.”

Another user, tavleen_singh, tweeted, “As a Sikh may I put on record that I am ashamed of the chippy, humourless response to Jay Leno. Where is the famous Sikh sense of humour?”

CNN reached out to NBC, and the network has said they don't have a comment at this time.

What do you think of the backlash? Watch “The Tonight Show” monologue to decide for yourself:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfGlyjY5bJU?rel=0%5D

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  7. MSB

    @bharat: For you to call Sikhs "jihadists" is absolutely untrue and baseless. We are the furthest from your assessment, when people like you were cowering in fear, Sikhs were protecting India from Muslim threats. People like "bharat" are true trolls who will never come out and make these types of comments in a public forum – especially not about Sikhs.

    About the Jay Lena, Golden Temple joke, I know most Sikhs are not offended by a joke, I thought it was funny and a pointed commment about Mitt Romney not the gurdwara. It is a beautiful place of worship, as it is, it stands as the holiest place of worship for Sikhs and as a symbol of Sikh genorosity, charity and faith.

    January 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. anon

    Pills, drank, motherf@$kin weed, some of the thangs in this world that a mother f@$ker need. Yeah I like to get high, get bent, get throwed.

    January 29, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Curt

    Church's = waste of money...

    I cant see mosque's being any different.

    January 29, 2012 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. MXD

    Jay hasn't been funny for years. Why start now?

    January 26, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rebel

    This is called Satire. No one wants to be the 'butt' of the joke. But it is what it is. Get over it. There are many comments made in India about the US of A. Do you hear us Whining about it? Maybe we just need to SHUT DOWN ALL USA JOBS being sent to India in protest of their protest.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dumbinder_singh

    no sikhs are offendee by it. They took it as a compliment to the beauty of the golden temple.

    The only sikh I know of who got offended by this was a Romney supporter

    January 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ldean50

    I stopped watching Leno after his "white trash" and "trailer trash" jokes; which, is nothing more than making fun of poor people. The term "white trash" is an offensive term used by racists, and to a poor, white person equal to the n-word.

    January 26, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Chris S

    Really..............who gives S–T; and really who cares that Sikh's don't have a sense of humor

    January 26, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sam

    Just another example of how religion continues to ruin the world. It's just a building people. There is no "God" living there. Get over it! It's 2012! When are people going to start actually studying and researching religion to find out what a scam it is!?

    January 26, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  16. Sikh and YOU

    All religions need to get over themselves. I see this same stuff from xtiaons a hundred times a day. The Sihks do it and the xtians point a finger.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  17. Jeff Williams

    Sikh and ye shall find the comedy.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  18. Adam L.

    Dear Sikhs,

    F off.

    Love, the USA

    January 26, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  19. Simon

    I was expecting something real edgy. This is stupid. Are these people serious!? I truly hope this doesn't represent the feelings of most Sikh. If it does, then we need to bombard them with real offensive jokes so they can see what it truly means to be offended.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  20. Esteban

    That joke was sikh!

    January 26, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  21. Steve-O

    Jay Leno is offensive to late night TV & America in general. He is not funny at all. Jimmy Fallon is the best!!!!

    January 26, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  22. gss

    I am amazed that Jay Leno has the audacity to make such an issue about Romney's wealth, after all Leno probably makes more money than any of the candidates but acts as if he is one of the masses. The value of Leno's antique car collection is more than most of us will see in our lifetime of earning.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  23. Religion is poison

    This is a typical response of religious zombies everywhere. They have no problem blowing up innocent men, women and children for their religious cause. Aren't these the same idiots who beat themselves bloody on the Hadith? Get a life.

    January 26, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  24. rh

    It offended a small portion of the Sikh community, not the Sikh community.

    My friends who are Sikh ignore people's misconceptions about their religion, they would not stoop to publicity mongering. No one cares what unbelievers say about their religion, the important part is that they are unbelievers.

    January 26, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  25. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    I have several Sikh friends and can assure you guys that most Sikhs (in fact none that I know of) have treated this as anything other than a joke. Being a highly patriotic, and fun loving group, many Sikhs love Leno, and never saw anything objectionable in that depiction.

    Having said that, I will not at all be surprised if Islamic supporters like CNN's own Mr. Fareed Zakaria, or so-called comedian Dean ObeidALLAH, our interfaith healer Imam Rauf, or the fighter for Muslims & Pakistanis (alone) Mr. Ethan Casey seize this god sent opportunity in their never ending quest to BUNDLE UP MUSLIM sensibilities with that of all other minorities’ (w/o our permission) ONLY with the ulterior motive of showcasing MAGNANIMOUS AMERICANS as inherently unfair to minorities!

    And, I say this being a non-white/black, non-Christian, recent immigrant to this GREATEST OF NATIONS!


    January 26, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  26. Bill

    There's always a small fringe group of nutbags that attempt to play the killjoy to any joke.

    January 26, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  27. Silly Rabbit

    Leno Sucks Sikhs.

    January 26, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  28. Dan

    I'm so sikh of nonsense like this...

    Seriously though, who cares?

    January 26, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  29. studdmuffins

    Get over yourselves already. Stop being so damned sensitive to satire which in no way denigrated your religious belief.

    January 26, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  30. Mathew

    race of = race or, sorry, trying to drink coffee and type at the same time

    January 26, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  31. Mathew

    Oh my god, get over it! My ancestors came from Poland. You don't see me suing every time I hear a "Polish" joke! That's the whole point of comedy. And what about Black comedians always poking fun at their own race of even "White" people. Get a grip Sikhs.

    January 26, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  32. h.

    better watch out for Episode 3 Revenge of The Sikh!

    January 26, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  33. Gregg

    Sikh's get hit with a lot of bigotry for no reason, but c'mon, THIS is what you get upset at? He used a picture out of context? Leno may not be funny, but this is a ridiculous complaint. The real issue here is people want the world to say "What a wonderful building you have, let's all pay attention to it", and no one is. Sorry, if your religious building isn't in Rome, Americans aren't interested (The Ankgor what? (sic)). Oh well. I'm sure Leno will apologize since he's terrified of offending anyone.

    January 26, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  34. CJ

    Jay Leno's not funny. Period.

    January 26, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  35. Nathan Muilenburg

    Perhaps we should unleash our inner barbarian and raze this mans palace and melt it down into gold bars.

    January 26, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  36. n

    Oh come on. Every community pokes fun at every other community... It's just a joke. Get over it.

    January 26, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      He was not in any way poking fun at the Sikh community. The joke was ALL about Romney. Frankly, some hireling was told to find a photo of the fanciest building he could find and the temple was it.

      January 26, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  37. Jorge

    Once upon a time there was a pious woman sweeping in a church in front of an icon of Christ; suddenly it called out to the woman, who running to it with a ladder, loudly proclaimed "Hail Jesus, who hath chosen me, let me free you from that cross..."-"One moment my child..."-said the icon-"First there is Something I must tell you..."-"Let me free you first, oh Savior."-said the woman-"Please listen to what I must tell you, child."-said the icon-"What is it, oh Lord?"-said the woman, as she pulled out the second nail-"FREE THE FEET FIIIIRST!!"-Yelled the icon, as it toppled over with a loud, smacking faceplant.

    January 26, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  38. @baba84

    Ur going to burn eternally for that one! Drop to ur knees and beg for forgiveness!lmao

    January 26, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  39. Joe

    @Shhiver: India or Indians are not Middle Easterners, you must be white or a typical republican. Please tell me your not that dumb?

    January 26, 2012 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
    • hushupp3

      Please tell me YOU"RE not that ignorant, Joe !! I'll leave race and politics out of it.

      January 26, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  40. rtbrno65

    Oh boo -frickin'-hoo.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  41. Chris

    The amount of offense taken by the Sikh community over Leno's harmless joke is absurd.

    January 26, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  42. dumbinder_singh

    cnn is to be blamed for pushing this i am hurt business
    i am sure those people who are "hurt" have cnn on speed dial.

    most sikhs i know of understood the joke to be on romney and a compliment to the gurudwara

    January 26, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  43. dumbinder_singh

    i prefer connan
    or howard stern 🙂

    January 26, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  44. Chris

    People with no sense of humor should be watching The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Isn't that his main target audience?

    January 26, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  45. dumbinder_singh

    the indian govt also needs to stay out of this and to not use this joke as an excuse to "rally your cause"
    we came to the united states to escape persecution by the indian govt. dont forget that the indian govt is responsible for the massacre of thousands of sikhs. they should be the ones apologizing not the US govt.

    bollywood, indian govts cheap propaganda machine is notorious for insulting sikhs. What lenos team did was compliment sikh artwork, nothing more

    January 26, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  46. dumbinder_singh

    as a sikh.
    I am deeply offended at those who are deeply offended

    look up satire people, the joke is clearly aimed at romney. if anything, its a huge compliment to the golden temple. the production team at the tonite show could find no building more aww inspiring than the golden temple at amritsar. They could have used the white house, they could have used the vatican, or even buckhingham palace.

    i was hoping this wouldnt end up on cnn and it did. thanks to people who want to play the my sentiments are hurt game.

    January 26, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  47. John

    If he had said the Crystal Cathedral now one would have said a word.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  48. Wes

    Well isn't he lucky that he's not talented enough to write the jokes.. I bet NBC fires a writer.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  49. Mark C

    Where is the Sikh sense of humor he asks? Well if they had a sense of humor in the first place, they wouldn't be watching Jay Leno.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  50. SirHippy

    As much as I despise Jay Leno, I gotta agree with most of the commenters here. The joke had absolutely nothing to do with Sikhs. Some NBC intern just did a Google search for "gold palace" and picked the first good looking picture they could use. Go ahead, try it yourself. I found it on the third page of images, 52nd picture. If anyone should be upset, it's the SOPA/PIPA supporters.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  51. Rod C. Venger

    LOL. No one seems concerned that the GOP is the brunt of jokes, but the Sikhs should be off-limits? Kathy Griffin has been blasting men for as long as she's been around. She's a serial man-hater. Comics target drunks, men, women, hos blcks, whites, Christians...never Scuzlims though...fact is, comedy is largey about making fun of people. Mother in laws, wives...the old ball and chain...husbands...faithful and otherwise...politicians, teachers, doctors, cats, dogs...think of "Stupid Pet Tricks". Someone is always going to be offended. Get a life.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  52. hobojoe

    Really, Jay Leno is going to mock a wealthy person's living conditions? After the fortune that this unfunny man has earned? We can all be pretty sure that Jay lives in a huge mansion with a huge garage to keep all his cars (and you can bet that his garage is larger than the homes of the majority of Americans).

    January 25, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  53. SciGuy

    Arent most of Lenos jokes Sikh jokes?

    January 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  54. doregroj

    In America you have to have a sikh skin. If the joke is done without malice, laugh a little and get over it. Before you know it you'll be laughing when they show the other guys pimples.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Trs33

    I am not a Sikh but to respect any race or religion is a true humanity. This idiot, flat fry pan face should look himself into mirror before openning his stinky mouth and think twice that everything is not funny. So offending and disrespecting is a part of free speech then what is the difference between civilized and uncivilized.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  56. mmi16

    The problem with religion is the all take themselves too seriously.

    Leno is a equal opportunity basher.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  57. nolibs

    I always laugh at all moslems and Leno isn't funny even when he thinks he is.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Rich

    "At the time of this post, there are 3,582 signatures out of the 5,000 needed."

    5,000 needed for what? Did I miss something, or is this just typical 21st century reporting?

    January 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  59. bull

    I don't think religion is useless. But Sikh's overreaction has once again proved the famous words 'Religions poisoned everything' ... (even to a joke)

    January 25, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Kent Bowen

    I looked up the Sikh religion on Wikipedia. No where does it indicate any sense of humor within the religion. But - the good news for Leno - the religion teaches that human life is very valuable. He's probably safe for having offended this religion and not Islam.

    January 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  61. me123

    Give me a break. We HAVE to be so politically correct and bow down to every group. The only group that is open is Christians. You can rip on them all day and it's FUNNY, but if you make a joke that isn't even close to offensive it's big news. I have an idea, why don't we just treat everyone equal.

    January 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Jenn Hall

    Get over it. Great joke.

    January 25, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Truthfull

    I think leno didnt have much knowledge of the place but to be honest as a sikh i believe even if he did say a joke about the golden temple it wont change the fact, that the golden temple is the most holiest shine for the sikhs. Words dont change facts. but yeah if one is smart he will go and study and research about the golden temple before making comments about it because they will make themselves look dumb lol. but overall whatever it was joke if the man doesent know anything about it then thats his loss because we life is full of knowledge , he should go out and research and learn the truth about sikhism maybe that will help him lol. but if not then thats his choice too. everyone is judges accordingly to their own deeds so its all good guys .

    January 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Vito Ponzini

    Jay Leno has been making fun / jokes of people and their beliefs and cultures and there is no apparent reason that he does this. I highly suggest that Jay Leno stop it ! He is way out of line with these racist jokes and he should be prepared for a smack in his snot locker beak. Also one of his favorite "Jay's Garage" cars may have its oil check by Ali Mohammed Takabo Jones from Iran Auto Sales.

    January 25, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Brad

    Much ado about nothing. Guess your sense of humor is the first thing you lose when you have to make it with goats.

    January 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  66. joe

    Gonna post a picture of people jumping out of the Twin Towers and put a caption that says "I think I might of forgotten something before I jumped, oh snap my parachute" Anyone offended by this needs to get a sense of humor.

    January 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  67. mari

    So, let's all boycott 7-11's

    January 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  68. sikhs for J

    I'm sikh of this!

    January 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Maria

    Well if you were from India you probably get insulted ,I don't think that Jay Leno is funny anyway! This people takes the religion very serious ans we should respect, that.americans think they are power on everything not ! is not!

    January 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      Well . . . Maria . . . how would you like it if we went to your country and started protesting everything about it, yet expected the best jobs, best homes at the cheapest prices and start putting our restaurants and other businesses all over? How would that work for you?

      January 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bharat

      Well Sandy, if you were a more skilled labor pool that would be OK. Indians have done well in the US because we're smarter and work harder than people like you...talk about the politics of envy!

      January 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  70. B

    I'm tired of all these unfunny comedians and their sikh sense of humor. As a matter of fact, I'm sikh of all this religious humor. But that palace was SIKH!!!

    January 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Rick Bangkok

    Why do people still come to the USA? Freedom as Americans or to just recreate what failed for them in the motherland? You can go back home anytime you want. And with Jay Leno you can just turn the channel or do not watch TV. Aren't you supposed to be praying or something?

    January 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandy

      While I don't think the person who is protesting Jay's joke is representative of all the members of the community, I do agree with you, Rick. People should not come to the United States with the idea of making it work for them because it did not work in their motherland. It's time this practice is stopped. If we didn't start up with the discrimination idea and publicize it so much, all these foreign people would not be jumping on the bandwagon and using it as if they have all the rights and we, as Americans, have none. While some Americans have been discriminated against, I'm just saying that we are almost prisoners in our own country when we have to tip toe around on eggs to not offend anyone. It's gone to the extent of ridiculous.

      January 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bharat

      Awe Rick, I feel bad for you. Maybe if you were smarter, better looking or more well educated, us Indians wouldn't represent a disproportionate share of the upper middle class and upper class in the US. Don't be mad at us just because you're an idiot.

      January 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Marine1957

    Jay Leno stopped being funny a long time ago. Funny, he and other so-called comedians (most of the media) can slam Mormons and other Christians repeatedly, but one Sikh joke and everyone goes bonkers.

    January 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  73. SixDegrees

    Wow. Leno's really fat these days.

    And his joke completely backfired. "Oh, look – it's a building made out of gold; it must be for rich people" fails utterly when the Golden Temple is used as the reference. Apparently, 15 seconds worth of research on Google is too much to ask of his joke writers.

    January 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  74. bull

    I don't think Leno's joke is derogatory at all. Those religious nuts always think their own temple is too sacred to be joked about. Their overreaction only makes themselves look funny.

    January 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Hide and Sikh

    I am sihk and tired of people who can't take a joke. I think they are just trying to sikh attention.

    January 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  76. matar-alloo

    Hey Bharat, go read a book. "Fighting for Faith and Nation" would do you some good. Stop spreading your ignorance.

    As far as what Leno said, it's totally not offensive. Everybody needs to chill. I'm a Sikh and I thought it was funny.

    January 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  77. matar-alloo

    @ Bharat, go read a book. "Fighting for Faith and Nation" would do you some good. Stop spreading your ignorance.

    As far as what Leno said, it's totally not offensive. Everybody needs to chill. I'm a Sikh and I thought it was funny.

    January 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  78. ArchieDeBunker

    Mike, you're nuttier than a fruitcake! Everyone, including comedians have been making fun of Christians for years and most people think that's perfectly fine. In fact, our Government pays people to make fun of Christians and Christian symbols. It's very common for people who take money from the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) to create "art" which satirizes Christianity. That's why I, as a Christian and a taxpayer, wish the NEA did not exist. After all, why should I pay money to some nutcase who doesn't have a shred of artistic ability to make an ameuterish picture of a cross in a urinal? Or, for that matter, why should I have to stand by and watch my tax money being used to support NPR, which is nothing other than a schill for Liberals and the Democrat party? Put another way, how would you feel if you found out that your tax money was going to help pay for Rush Limbaugh's program?

    January 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  79. MST

    I haven't watched this particular Jay Leno episode but still this is over-reaction. Jay does go over the top from time to time. Now the trolls will get chance to incite various religious groups. Hope people will ignore those posts and not respond to those at all.

    PS: I am not a Sikh but have immense respect for Golden Temple and don't think that joke did any harm to it's reputation

    January 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Leah

    I'm offended by the fact Leno is still on TV. He has got to be the least funny person to ever host anything.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Bill

    I'm gonna post a picture of the twin towers being hit by the hijacked airplanes and put "this is where ignorant Americans live" in the caption. Does this offend anyone, well if it does you should get over it 'cuz I didn't make reference to anything specific.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      um there is no compairison, first, this is america and not india. If the "joke" you mentioned was in india about americans it would make no sense but it would not be ofensive. But the wtc is a plain building, (or is that plane building, lol) so it does not work to show the opulance. You are right, that they could have used St. peters in italy, but most americans would know that building, and its assocation with catholism, where as most americans would now know whay this gaudy golden building is, thus it is souly about the goldn building, not the philosphy behind the building. Now if your joke was about the banking industry, the wtc might be a joke worthy item seeings how it was the financial center of the nation.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  82. P

    So saying that the Golden Temple is a really nice place is derogatory to Sikhs? That's silly.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  83. kotn

    Sikh and ye shall find something wrong with everything!

    January 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  84. kotn

    Sikh and ye shall find

    January 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Linda

    Once again an outcry prompts more people to discuss an "issue" that otherwise would have just faded away. I didn't watch Jay Leno, and if I had, I wouldn't have known what that building was. I suppose that shows my American ignorance, but if those who are complaining would have just yelled at their TV and then moved on, the rest of us wouldn't know about it.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  86. jaintn

    They want respect? How about raising their people out of the disgusting level of poverty and human misery that abounds in that country. Oh, and the joke was funny.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Dot8

    Jay Leno is good at offending people with his stupid jokes, he is also a racist pig, literally!!!.

    January 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Jim M

    The way I see it, this did not have anything to do with the Sikhs. A shrine so lavish, and covered in gold was to highlight how ridiculously wealthy Romney was – this was more making fun of Romney. Leno's audience don't know or care what the shrine really is... So cool it fellas – the intent was not to offend Sikhs. Leno could just as well shown a lavish church, and I'm pretty sure no Christian would be offended. The people who are crying and carrying on about this are morons!

    January 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  89. sam

    Its a joke. These religious types take religion too seriously.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Monique

    To Sikhs, the Golden Temple , I never heard of this place before, stay in your continent Siks and leave us alone.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Sarcasm0

    People of the world, stop being such gigantic crybabies.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  92. HRPuckinfutz

    He was not making fun of Sikhs. He was making fun of Mitt Romney, a much easier target.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  93. not laughing

    Leno is not funny, he is a total lame duck. Can't stand that guy.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  94. hillbilly

    Jokes can be made about christian churches and white people and no one or anything else.for petes sake everybody needs to get a sense of humor.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Mike

    People need to relax a little. It was funny and there was nothing derogatory said about the temple or Sikhs.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Will

    If Leno used a picture of St. Peters Basilica (which would have been similar), would Catholics be whining about it? Probably not!

    And I don't blame the Sikhs either - I blame CNN's ultra-left PC Police/social Marxists for running this article even though the vast, vast, vast majority of Sikhs are laughing along with everyone else.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Bobalu

    The joke required a photo of something that looked like a golden palace. Not a lot of alternatives out there. People in California are Sue-happy. This guy is probably an out of work actor looking for some publicity.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Will

    Nobody was offended, CNN's just trying to stur up s**t for laughs. Don't believe everything you read.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  99. SGT J

    Normally, I'd find any excuse to rip on Jay Leno, but in this case I cannot. Nothing happened, this is a non story. He said nothing bad about these people, nor their place of worship.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  100. lesia

    In other words, we are so crazy and out of control, if you say something we don't like, we'll kill you.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Punjabi Jatt

    I am an American SIkh, saw the clip, I thought it was funny.

    @Bharat, why all this ugly comments about Sikhs or Muslims? There must be some unsettled issues or some wrongdoing by a Sikh, that is unconsciously bothering you. Do your self a favor and seek some help.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Jack

    Lighten up, it's not like he said anything racist or disrespectful.

    January 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Bert

    so what are they complaining about,,,a sikh joke ??

    January 25, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobalu

      That was corny enough for Jay to steal. Hurry up and copyright it!

      January 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  104. De

    For those who are telling Sikhs to get a like.. Ask yourself this: Would all of you would have been fine if Leno showed Twin Towers as Romney's penthouse????? There is a lot of history with Golden Temple. As a Sikh I am not terrible offended by this but still if some of them are, its their choice. Its not like they are causing an uproar. They are asking for an apology.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      And they shouldn't get an apology. So he didn't fully appreciate and understand the cultural significance of an obscure cultural artifact, big deal. If he should apologize, then Indians should apologize to me for believing that all Americans are cowboys/movie stars/fat/whatever other stereotype is prevalent. There's a difference between innocent ignorance (which should be treated as an opportunity to educate), and willfull hatred. If anything, Leno's guilty of the former, and has nothing to apologize for.

      January 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      No De it would not have been funny if it were the twin towers, but not because of their history. The joke was not funny because of the Golden Temple history either. The Golden Temple is a beautiful "Golden" building that looks very opulent. Most of our skyscrapers are boring and ugly, so he had to find something beautiful to make the joke. Does this really need to be explained?

      January 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • apology my butt

      get a real life , help your starving people and stop adoring fake gods

      January 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  105. buffin

    The sikh's dress funny, don't bather, smell like goats, and then get offended by a very funny joke. I don't claim to knwo too much about them, but I do remember their original leader Sweet Daddy Siki, he was a great wrestler, and today he is a true karaoke master.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Skinny B.

    @Thor Archie Bunker was a lifetime ago way before http://www..When you didn't know or realize how many people hated your guts because of your race,creed,gender,size,height or color.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  107. @Maude

    Lmao! Can i hold him down while you hammer away at his golden balls?

    January 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ?

      Im surprised she hasn't responded to my last post yet. I was getting ready to break out the armored codpiece for whatever internet weaponry she was going to deploy against my clackers.

      January 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Thomas

    Leno is still on?

    January 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  109. h.

    It's just a fancy looking call center anyway! Can someone there please help me with my Linksys router??

    January 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Timothy

    Sikh community people get a life, maybe u all get the gold from the Golden Temple to feed yourselves.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Thor

    Whatever happened to Babboo on Seinfeld? What about Archie Bunker poking fun at everything except his chair? I'm offended by the Sikhs that they didn't think this was funny. I'm filing a grievance with my grandma!

    January 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Faraz

    On the one hand this shows how sensitive most of the rest of the world is about their religion, and on the other it shows how clueless the average American is (and always will be) about other cultures. Stop judging the rest of the world by your ideologies. Jokes poking fun at religions are a huge deal to some.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      the rest of the world is more tolerant, really? Anyone who is cowtowing to the thiests are stupid ignorant phukwads. They have the right to believe what they want, BUT if practiced in public, every single american has the right to exclaim how dumb the actions are. There is no protection of thiesm in this country. If they want to preech they hypocracy, then they must be prepaired to take insults. If there faith is so weak that leno's jokes can hurt it, then they are not really faithful and should not be bothered, no matter how you slice it, people mad a leno over this are plain stupid.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Figureitoutlater

    So India doesn't appreciate Leno's Sikh sence of humor? How sikh is that? I laughed myself sikh over that joke! Sikh your dog on me! I don't care! it was funny!!

    January 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Greg

    It sounds less like Leno offended the Sikh Community, but rather he offended the Sikh Media....the community itself doesn't seem too dismayed by this....anybody can see he wasn't poking fun at the Sikh, he was poking fun at Romney.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Dan

    With all the terrible things that are happening around the world, I am so glad the Sikhs only have this to worry about.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Peter

    I'd be pretty mad if I was associated with the GOP like that. But really, if these people have the sense of humor that they claim to, they need to learn to take a joke.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Johnny

    Seriously? How offended could you be? A photo used out of context for a light hearted political joke! A sikh trying to get into the lime light. It's a solid gold temple! Get it? He's uber-rich!

    January 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Michael

    Boo freaking hoo! There are tens (possibly hundreds) of millions of people starving in your country. How about you take care of that first?

    January 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  119. krm1007

    Beautiful temple, great people with an immense sense of humor, wonderful culture. You go Sikhs!

    January 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Marcus

    I don't get it The Golden Temple is a place where millions of poor Indus go pray while they are starving . Get a life people.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • baba84

      You fool, you understand nothing, go and F*** urself with your F****** Jesus.

      January 26, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  121. Era

    Wait, so showing a picture of a famous building, then making a joke about it which has absolutely nothing to do with its actual use or the people who built it is somehow unforgivably offensive to those people? Maybe they just want the notoriety?

    January 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Manpreet

    This is not the first time that this show host has targeted Sikhs in his monologue. Previously, in 2007 he called Sikhs ‘diaper heads.’ In 2010, he remarked, falsely so, in his monologue that President Obama could not visit Sri Darbar Sahib because of requirements of wearing a turban. Clearly, Jay Leno’s racist comments need to be stopped right here.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      I don't remember that 2007 joke. I really want to see some evidence.

      January 25, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  123. What the Big Deal

    Im Sikh and I thought it was funny most of us do.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  124. h.

    It looks the entrance to Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando...NBC strikes again!!

    January 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Keith

    You must admit, that is a pretty funny looking temple....those sikhs sure have a wacky sense of humor.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  126. FactCheck

    Leno am so funny... what next, pictures of airplanes crashing into the WTC to joke about the economy? Him that funny ha ha.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  127. h.

    The Sikh need to stop practicing the dark side of the force and stop being so sensitive about their beloved Death Star! In my opinion.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Paul Z.

    This Sikh needs to seek the "sikh"ret to "sikh"uring a sense of humor.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Ben3000

    what are the indians now? the holy untouchable cows?

    This is America, here we eat the cows. indians think they are better than the Mexicans just because they know how to use a computer and talk English, with a funny accent but still English.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
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  131. ohbrother123

    get over it people...................................it was a joke.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Mary

    This was just a sikh joke.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Jim P.

    "As a result, the Sikh community is none too pleased with Leno'

    And if he had used the Vatican, Catholics would be honked off, if he used Oral Roberts' mansion those fiolks woudl be honked off, if he used one of the various palaces of the Caliphs, Moslems would be honked off etc.

    Folks, when you build "golden temples" you may expect to occasionally get laughed at for excess as feeding the poor in halls of marble just looks funny.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  134. tillzen

    In America Christ and God, Muhammad, Joseph Smith and Judaism are all HILARIOUS. When we lose an election or a sporting match nobody dies. The world and their religious fanaticism are RIDICULOUS. When you begin to treat women as equals we will stop laughing at Sikhs, Hasidim, Muslims, Mormons, and the rest. Until they get over yourselves as God and Religion are only as good and just as is your society.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  135. ERIK12874

    Just goes to show the week minded pre-historic mentality of that part of the world.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |


    January 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bharat

      You're giving Sikhs a bad name.

      Like I said, the Sikhs incited a tremendous amount of terrorism within India's borders. The attach on the Golden Temple was to get at terrorist Sikhs (not all Sikhs) that were holed up there. The portion of the Sikh population that committed terrorist acts is just as bad as muslims who commit jihad (not all muslims) or white people like Timothy McVey, etc.

      January 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • vinay singh

      how the hell am I giving sikhs a bad name! I am supporting sikhs, no im sorry, I AM SUPPORTING THE TRUTH NO MATTER WHO IT IS AGAINST!!!you are the one that is giving sikhs a bad name by comparing them to muslims. MUslims did not just effect us on 9/11 but also for also many years to come.. The DUST that came from the wtc (rip to anyone that has or had suffered on that horrendous day)
      you are giving a bad name to humankind

      January 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • magnus

      Bharat, no way you are telling the real truths. nice try. all the sikhs i know are decent people who contribute to their community.

      January 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Punjabi Jatt

      @Bharat, why all this ugly comments about Sikhs or Muslims? There must be some unsettled issues in your past or some wrongdoing by a Sikh, that is unconsciously bothering you. Do your self a favor and seek some help.

      January 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Debbie

    @MsKingaOlsen:instead of watching so much television,you SHOULD take your meds, and the books you should be reading need to include typing and English.

    January 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Tiredof thingskinpeople

    I think Bart Simpson would say "Don't have a cow, Man" o ya thats right you dont eat cows anyway get over it you just received free advertisement , most Americans didn't even know about your Golden temple prior to CNN report so enjoy

    January 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  139. bob

    First funny thing that idiot Leno said in a long time

    January 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  140. emma

    People and groups need to get over themselves. Honestly if you cannot laugh at yourself or shrug off a joke that is not mean-spirited then you have bigger problems than Leno's monologue. I'm convinced soem of these groups simply love playing the martyr and hearing themselves complain. It's almost become a contest of who is the biggest loser in history.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Malavaina

    What's the big deal!! The turban, the fake beard and the whole uniform is laughable, the building has nothing to do with faith. Shut up.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |

    That joke was Sikh man!! haha!!'
    Maybe they're one of Romney's charities. 😉

    January 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  143. MSB

    @Bharat, Whoever you are, you need to learn about Sikhism, you think we are the "punchline" in India...I am sorry but we are the ones that have protected India and Punjab from any outside threat for hundreds of years. If you are Hindu, you should be eternally grateful for the sacrifices Sikhs have made for India and your people. And your terrorist comment is baseless...persecuted Sikhs protecting themselves in their own temple being attacked by their own country's army is not terrorism, you know nothing about the plight and struggle of Sikhs. Look at the history and you will learn something about Sikh compassion and genorosity towards all religions.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • emma

      Apparently you are unaware of the Sikhs who blew up an Air India fight killing hundreds in 1986? No one group is entire pure and kind-hearted; and if they cannot understand a joke then I don't want to know them.

      January 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bharat

      "persecuted sikhs" – haha

      Sounds like an excuse a jihadist would make up to justify their actions.

      January 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • magnus

      Bharat is a troll. I would not worry about what he has to say. He is looking for other hateful people to troll with. All the Sikhs i know are decent people who contribute to their communities.

      January 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  144. dash

    The Sikhs need to start spending more money on the poor people in India instead of siding their temples with gold! Leno should NOT apologize or do anything else stupid in respose to this. Let 'em go pray in their golden temple about it til they get over it!

    January 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  145. JohnS

    Jay Leno's stupid face is offensive

    January 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan S

      John: I agree with you. I have never found Leno in the slightest bit funny. But with that said, I'm with him on this one. For the Sikhs to get upset over Leno showing a picture of their temple, while Leno is poking fun at Romney, is, well, silly and excessive. Seems like a fella can't say anything these days without some group getting offended, and the media supporting the group's feeling of being wronged.

      January 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Michiel

    I watched it as well. And you know what? For the one second it aired, I honestly thought it was a palace somewhere in the middle east, not a spiritual retreat.Now that I've learned what it really is, I wonder why so many poor people would build a house of gold when so many are starving?....WOW... That's dumb

    January 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Chris

    If the Sikhs (or any other group) don't want their sacred temple to be mistaken for a wealthy man's summer home, perhaps they shouldn't have wrapped the whole thing in gold. Funny how prominent holy men (e.g. JC) extoll the virtues of poverty, but their "representatives" here on earth are so hung up on earthly riches.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Jim

    Jay Leno represents the left wing lunatics. Say something deragotory about King Obama Leno. See what your Hollywood hypocrites say then. NBC IS A JOKE.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      nbc is no more a joke then faux calling itself a new outlet. Every single thing on Fox in the past 10 years has been openion, made up, or a flat out lie. the gop is just better at concencing there base that the lie is true. Kind of like WMD's and OBL makeing a 3 tear assult on the most powerful military state in world history.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Robear in Ojai

    Just saw the video clip. Really, does anybody in India have a sense of humor anymore? Much ado about nothing!

    January 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  150. rc

    Dear Sikhs: Get over it, it was just a joke. The joke was aimed at Romney, using a photo of a lavish building. Any photo could have been used. Be thankful for the free advertising.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Rick

    So I am assuming Sikhism is the no sense of humor religion?

    January 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Mike

    C'mon...Where is that famous Sihk sense of humor that we have all heard so much about?

    January 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Grumpdiddy

    Get over it already. The place is a dump anyway.

    January 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  154. combroker

    What a stupid controversy! There was nothing about Sikhs implied in that joke, good, bad or otherwise. The writers simply took the most opulent building they could find and stuck it in there. My feeling is that some of these people sit up late, looking for anything that could even hint at controversy because otherwise, they don't have anything to do! They would lose their audience if they did not invent SOMETHING to complain about.

    January 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Pabla

    I am a Sikh and I know sikhs can take a joke, However Leno has made racist remark about sikhs before. It is the underlying hateful tone that is disturbing. I am sure Leno and other will not hide behind free speech crap when depicting humour cartoons depiction of Mohammed, how come now.. I know it is joke and I am cool with it... no fatwa needed.

    January 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • rc

      Sikhism is a religion, not a race. No one can make a racist remark against Sikhism.

      January 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robear in Ojai

      "underlying hateful tone"? Really? Where? I fail to see or hear it in Leno's clip.

      No mention of the Sikh Community or even the location of the shrine, just a photo of the gold-covered temple.

      And what were you doing up so late watching TV anyway?

      January 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  156. muhron

    Looks as though the joke was not intentionally against Sikhs... Very, VERY poor choice by his writers, but it is silly for the Sikh community to claim they were "defamed" or purposely targeted. Disneyland would have been funnier...

    January 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  157. mattmchugh

    No one is offended by this joke. This is just a few canny Sikhs taking the opportunity for a little news coverage. Seriously, did you even know what the Golden Temple was before you read this article?

    Well, now you do. Mission accomplished for Sikhs trying to spread some awareness of their history.

    January 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Buddha

    The only religion more worthy of derision than Sikhism is Christianity. Immaculate conception, resurrection, not even celebrating the messiah's birthday on his actual birthday...what a joke

    January 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • muhrvis

      Using the name of the Buddha to utter all kinds of compassionate sweeping condemnations... Interesting.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      The story of Mithra is smilar to that of Christ. Mithra was born 1000 years before Christ. Bible is a copy paste doctorine from the legends of Mithra.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Administrator

      All comments are now closed– no more posting- go back to work.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
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      January 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      to maude, all religons are clones of those that came before. Zoathrustinism aka mithraism was a persien religon that was around long before jewism, and much of jewism comes from it. Also the talkes of the aninauki from Sumeria are far older, strangely they called the first man Adamo, a lot like adam huh. The emaculate conception resurection and all that jazz was celibrated for thousands of years and was just passed from one culture to the next.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  159. mattmchugh

    Sikh and ye shall fined.

    January 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  160. garyB

    It was a JOKE! Hunorless people cause needless negative drama...and worse

    January 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  161. jja

    I have a question. Why are these "comedians" falling all over themselves making fun of the GOP debates, candidates, etc., yet, almost 4 years into a hopelessly failed administration run by a cluless loser, who is slowing driving the country into the ground, raises nary a peep or joke from any of them? Are these Republican canidates running the country, somehow? Are they driving up the $16 TRILLION dollar deficit? Are millions still unemployed because of them? Typical Democrat/Liberal B.S.......

    January 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      Your are insane lunatic. The GOP caused the mess we are in.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • muhron

      I have an answer. Because the GOP candidates are comically incompetent, hypocritical, out of touch with the people, and crazy. Perfect food for comedy.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buddha

      I'm surprised we can understand anything you're saying jja, what with the GOPs dick in your mouth and all

      January 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • magnus

      well played Buddha.

      January 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      and the dumbest comment of the day goes to jja.

      It is evidant to anyone with half a brain that the GOP caused all of our curent problems. If G Dubbs did not start not 1 not 2 but 3 illigal wars, we would still have the surplus that Clinton left us with, You know the first surplus we have had since thomas jefferson was in office.

      January 25, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  162. h.

    The Sikh haven't been the same since Darth Vader killed Emperor Palpatine to save Luke

    January 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Amarpreet

    Honestly, the joke wasn't that bad. However for many people not only Sikhs this temple is like their soul and anything but respect is going to be offensive. The fact that Leno has disrespected Sikhs on several occasions in the past, calling them terrorists, diaper heads so on and so forth its kind of annoying at this point for him to continue to use the Sikh religion in a derragatory manner. Tell jokes that's fine but some things, such as religion, someone's child, a disease etc etc should be off limits. The thing is a lot of people in America do not know about Sikhs and when they watch Leno and hear about these comments from him then its sending the wrong message, not everyone is educated enough to know that it might just be a joke, Sikhs aren't muslim or whatever the assumption may be. So if you tell someone don't watch it if you can't handle it is kind of stupid because there are plenty of people watching it who have no clue. No one wants something so holy to be interpreted as a joke. People on this thread have already proven this point by saying things like oh there are starving people so why is this temple gold, not knowing about the free food to everyone 24 hours a day 365 days a year. There are other people on this thread that had never heard about the Sikhs. Main point, making fun of the Golden Temple is like making fun of the Pope, or Mecca. You're going to say oh its just a joke and get over it because as someone else posted the Golden Temple does not hold any sentiment for you. The joke isn't a big deal but because of Leno's track record with the Sikhs its kind of ricidulous at this point. And before someone tries to make 'a point' they should try to read up on history, and not just one sided history, history from both sides of the issue.

    January 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • magnus

      Dude, also there are a lot of uneducated people who think that sihk and muslims are the same. They are not. Case in point, my college roommate was sihk and he married a muslim woman. Her father was so mad that he boycotted the wedding. Well, to make a long story short, they ended up having two weddings in two consecutive weekends. I cant remember which was the one i went to but the food was good.

      January 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  164. TheMovieFan

    Since the joke did not involve something sacred to Christians, it is OK.

    January 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  165. magnus

    Come on, the joke is not that bad. Also, i like the people in the Sikh religion. They are typically very cool people so i am a bit surprised that they would be so offended. They are by in large good people so why doesnt everyone just drop the hate and go troll somewhere else.

    January 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  166. me

    I'm more offended that Jay Leno is still on TV at all.

    January 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Jesus said...

    I'm just Sikh over this...

    January 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Dusto

    Get over yourselves.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  169. Sumanth

    There are elections in India in a few states. Punjab (dominated by Sikhs) is one of them. Sikh community is present in other states too. The ruling national party has always been infamous for its 'anti Sikh' image. This is just a carrot from them to show, 'they care'. You know the rot is everywhere. Again, don't take this as if the entire Sikh community has a problem with this joke.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  170. Garry1952

    Did you hear the one about the Sikh hitting the fan!! Oh my I probably offended someone. Crucify me!!!

    January 25, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  171. JabbaJaws

    No one is forcing Sikhs to tune in to NBC and watch Jay Leno. As an American-born citizen I take our freedom of speech to be sacred. I'm offended that we would be expected to change our ways in broadcasting to suit every nationality or religion that moves here. They should not be surprised, we've made fun of other countries as well as our own leaders for decades. It's American culture and it's things like this that degrade free speech a little bit each time. Either adjust to the U.S. or live in your "home" country.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      The America's are our own country. Indians lived here a long time before your forefather's came along. Riddiculing
      someone's culture is not the American way and by the way free speech works both ways.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Flooby

      Hello, Maude. This is an AMERICAN website about an AMERICAN tv show being discussed with AMERICANS. If you think AMERICANS are going to adjust to your filthy Indian lifestyle and adjust to YOUR liking you are out of your mind. You are free to back to that nasty cesspool you call a country and stay out of AMERICAN culture. I wouldn't come to India (thank god) and expect YOU to adopt to my culture. Sheesh!

      January 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  172. mark

    Who took offense should go hang themselves, I will even buy the rope for you. loosers.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      –Your hatred is apparent. You even hung your own god ( Chirst) with your hatred thus buying a rope for us loosers is not big deal.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • ?

      Actually we crucified him. Now youre attacking Christians? I'm glad there are some Sikhs in here to counteract your blind hatred of the white man. Again madame, I declare my freshness, and that you can suck my nuts. ♪giggity♪

      January 25, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      Whew, I crush your nuts with a hammer and feed to the proud Momma. You hung Christ or crucified him, the fact is you killed your own god.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • ?

      My nuts were forged of the strongest iron madame. I'm so fresh they laugh at your petty hammer. Suck them. :3

      I find it telling that you assume I'm Christian just because you assume I'm white. You should work hard instead of advocating violence against peoples genitals. That's not the sikh way accordong to wikipedaia.

      "A Sikh must also have the courage to defend the rights of all who are wrongfully oppressed or persecuted irrespective of religion, colour, caste or creed."

      January 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      You fell into your own trap. I am not a Sikh nor did I ever claimed to be one. I never assumed you're a Christian or white for that matter. One thing I do know is that you are a bafoon with desire to have somebody handle your sack.
      I say again , one more word out you and I will take out my sledge hammer, don't push me... I am on the edge.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ?

      Meh, can't be right all the time. Your statements led me to believe one thing when another was true. Why would you mislead me like that? Your statements still don't dispel the obvious anti-Christian nature of your posts. I'll pray for you though.

      As to your ability to somehow damage my nuts through the internet, sledgehammer or not, I'm dubious of your ability to affect such a feat. So once more into the breach we go. I'm of a certain freshness that asks, nay, demands that my nuts be sucked. Would you kindly? ♪giggity♪

      January 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Constance Leigh Craven-Cox

      Maude you sound like a total c-unt.

      January 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  173. quagmire

    everybody with freedom of speech until it comes to them. people can't take a joke

    January 25, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      There is a difference between a joke and riddicule. You people tied Sikh's to cannons and blew them up in the late 1800's and now you riddicule our temple. Enough already and mock your vitican stead.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • ?

      I like how she implies that you're English, Q-Man. Oh wait, she's a filthy racist who was generalizing against all white people. Madame, I'm so fresh you can suck my nuts, swag. And frankly the Vatican has taken enough ridicule to last centuries. ♪giggity♪

      January 25, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      um all religons need to be ridiculed, thiests are evil.. Believe me, I think the international comunity needs to take back all of the gold the christians have stolen as well. All of the gold in the vatican and in spain, you know where they stole that from AMERICA. Europe can go lick a sweatynut, they stole hundreds of tons of american gold, if isreal has a right to the land they owned thousands of years ago, then america is owed every ounce of stolen gold from these so called christian nations. Please, we dont deserve the gold, and the thiests do not deserve protection under the law. All religons are based on doctrine used to control the population and turn people against eachother.

      January 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  174. proud marine momma

    Oh grow up until it was labeled this just looked like a fancy place to me. I would like to know if every person in the sikh community can identify the white house. There was no joke made about the religion or its people so put a sock in it.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Bharat

      Looks like a fancy place to you? That's not much of a endorsement. I'm guessing that, from the quality of your posts, Bennigans seems like a fancy place to you.

      And no, before anyone gets worked up, I am not comparing the Golden Temple to Bennigans.

      January 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  175. AK pat

    It is just humerous joke. Everyone just take it easy. Most of us find find it as no harm to our gurudwara, but few of us making a big deal out of nothing. And all of us need to understand we are in USA, and what it takes to appreciate these funny talk show hosts.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  176. Ninoy aquino

    Man! You made a joke!!!

    January 25, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  177. Flooby

    Taking a bath offends those idiots.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  178. Gray

    They need to get over themselves. What kind of religion takes them so seriously that they think they are being mocked? I would bet most of Leno's audience has no idea what the golden temple is or who prays there. Sikh was not being mocked, Romney was being mocked. If the Sikh are going to be this ignorant, they need to stay in the temple and out of main stream society.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  179. SkiOne

    OMG! This was not even, in anyway, an insult. In fact it was a compliment as the Temple was shown as a desirable place; a place of beauty and wealth! Hence why a rich person would use it as a second home. Not to mention that, yeah, it was a joke. Sorry but you don't have the right to not be offended!

    January 25, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |

      that is exactly how I feel, romney is a billionare and to say he lives theres means that its standards and beauty are so graceful and multi millionaire or billionaire would want to live there. whats so offensive about that

      January 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  180. maude

    All of mankind should convert to Muslim (problem solved).

    January 25, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • proud marine momma

      Hey maude fix your turbie twist its a little too tight on that pinhead of yours. I know you just washed your liittle brain and can't do a thing with it. Oh by the way many more jokes made about the vatican then any other religion. Have a smilie day

      January 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      Go breed another one for the Marines big momma.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bharat

      Marine Momma, do you have any formal education at all? You're a shining example of the many failures of our American educational system.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • vinay singh

      No thank you, I rather be dead!

      January 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • vinay singh

      i rather be dead

      January 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Right, because Muslim countries have no problems, and different Muslim sects never fight with each other.

      January 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Tina

    Oh, come on. You can't even show a BUILDING now for a few laughs. Some people like to just blow sht outta proportion.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  182. Bharat

    @PD – Yeah, a lot of Sikhs were killed in the Golden Temple. Let's not conveniently forget that they were terrorists who were trying to secede from India and that they were stock piling arms and trying to seek refuge in their "holiest" of shrines.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      Jai Hind !

      January 25, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • vinay singh

      dude learn the RIGHT FACTS, they were not terrorist or raping women there, and yeah they have guns, the guns they were carrying for their protection obviously they DID need it bc the temple was raided.. This was just a hindu- sikh fight.
      I was born and raised in queens ny all my life and I am half hindu and Sikh, so I see it from both ways.

      Sikhs just have a bad rep and they are really loyal and nice people

      January 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      We know the facts. The sikh's who were loyal to Pakistan blew up Air India departing Toronto Canada that killed over 300 people were using the Golden temple as a safe house.

      January 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bharat

      What Vinay? They were raping women too? I never alleged that. The fact is that the individuals holed up in the Golden Temple were terrorists. I grew up in India and, while a Hindu, I attended a Khalsa school and have many Sikh friends. Having said that, to characterize the Sikh seperatist movement as anything but terrorism is disingenuous at best. That's like muslims trying to downplay all the atrocities jihadists commit.

      January 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • vinay

      welll then my bad- i just thought your comments of saying " Let's not conveniently forget that they were terrorists who were trying to secede from India and that they were stock piling arms and trying to seek refuge in their "holiest" of shrines."

      I always put my self in both people's shoe, they had no other choice but to have weapons on them in the holiest of shrines. and having a weapon is not wrong, sikhs religion sign has two swords in it, as long as they are not using the temple to use weapons unless in defensive of the them, or the temple.


      January 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • vinay singh

      HAHA dude what do u read one sentence of an article and then make a comment about it without knowing every detail of the event!!!!!!!!

      -------"Lack of solid evidence and various legal and investigative errors."---------------

      "The Governor General-in-Council in 2006 appointed former Supreme Court Justice John Major to conduct a commission of inquiry. His report was completed and released on 17 June 2010. It concluded that a "cascading series of errors" by the government of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) had allowed the terrorist attack to take place."


      January 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |


      January 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • PD

      @Bharat. I've read your previous posts and you don't seem to be someone who actually knows what they are talking about. India as the same right for a citizen to "bear arms". In the 80's India's unoffical doctrine was to push down the countries minorities (i.e. Sikhs, Christens etc), a Sikh, even in their home state of Punjab had to watch their own back. There has never been any proof of "cache's of arms". They were after one man who's idea's conflicted with what the goverment of India's ideals and agendas. Think of him as kind of like Martin Luther King, but one who needed a gun to make sure he was defened. Think of what it is to live in North America and have the freedom to practice your religion, have the freedom to say what you want and be protected from police brutality. NOW think of what it is to be a visible minority, have the goverment blantently try to screw you over and have to defend your way of life and belief system. Dude, read about what the Sikh relgion is about. Not Sikhs live a relgious life; but neither to Hindu's, Christens or Muslims. Just because of bunch of idiots carried out a terrorist attack does not mean the ENTIRE religion should be painted with the brush of "terrorists". Can you not go back to your high school history classes and remember what happened in the World Wars? Do we say that all Germans are war mongers and anti-semites. Please think before dispelling your racist and inhumane drivel.

      January 25, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bharat

      @PD and @ Crazy Vinay, I never said all Sikhs were terrorists. Just the ones that acted like terrorists were, in fact, terrorists (just as bad as terrorists from any other religion). Seriously, you guys are just embarrassing yourselves by trying to state the the Sikh sepratist movement did not involve acts of terrorism by a sub-set of the Sikh population. Maybe logical thought is beyond your comprehension and you want to keep trying to justify the actions of those individuals....

      January 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Andrea

    Ive never heard of sikh b4. But i do know everyone should respect God. The maker of heaven and of earth. Yes God made laughter but He also made the bible for u to follow and not to offend anyone. B carefull with ur words. If u dont believe in God then what if im wrong? What will happen to me when i die? Nothing? What if ur wrong and there is a God? What will happen to u when u die? Eturnity in hell!!! Find out for urself if God is real? Ask Him with ur whole heart to show u Hes real and He will ! ! !

    January 25, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      at least you admit that you "believe" because you are hedging your bets. That is the exact reason NOT to have faith. So, you believe only because you do not want to go to hell when you die, and are afraid that the bible MIGHT be real. Point 1, do you go to church every week, and follow all of the sacriments? If not, and you believe in god, you are going to hell. Second, and these points are for christians not other religons, christianity believe in redemption, that is, if you ask for forgivness on your deathbed you shall have it. I know that if there was a higher power that was directly involved in our world, they would eather not care about worship, or they would make there desire to be worshiped undeniably clear with real proof, like frequant manifestations.

      January 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Andulamb

    I don't know where people get the idea that they can tell other cultures how to feel. Most people commenting here are not Sikh. So to say "Gee, I don't see what the big deal is..." Well, of course you don't. Why should you? It's not your culture, and the Golden Temple means nothing to you. Stop the presses! Someone who hadn't heard of the Golden Temple before today isn't offended by a joke that was told about it! Sheesh. Whereas if an artist takes a photo of a crucifix in a jar of urine (this has actually been done), Christians blow a gasket - and a Sikh might say "Gee, I don't see what the big deal is..." The truth, of course, is that not all Sikhs are offended. But whether they are or not, that's their right, and it doesn't matter if you don't understand how they feel.

    January 25, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  185. pmn

    lalala...Sikhs get over it. It was not direct hit at your temple just to show wealth of American Politicians to live there. Why is that offense? Touchy, Touchy.

    January 25, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  186. HappyBirthday

    Who cares if his jokes offend anyone, it's American TV, none of it is funny anyways.

    January 25, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  187. yikes

    Like how long was that on the screen? 1 second? The joke was intended to make fun of Romney not the sikhs. Besides – is it actually made out of gold? I have to check google now. LOL.

    January 25, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  188. be quiet

    you mean Leno made a joke that wasn't funny? wait, doesn't that happen every night?

    January 25, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • J.C.

      Yes, but as a result of the jokes being awful, they normally offend a much larger and more general audience. This particular joke offended only a targeted slice of that audience, which is actually an improvement.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  189. Kitteh

    GET OVER IT! Move on, there are more important problems in this world that need addressing other than being butt-hurt over a joke!

    January 25, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  190. Andrew R

    noone even watches Leno anyway, no big deal, and its a free country, leno can joke about whatever he wants

    January 25, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  191. Rahul

    Well, Leno should switch back to good ol' Christian bashing. If he bashed any other religion, maybe Islam, he could have his house blown off.

    January 25, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Max128

      Rahul, the only person who got bashed by the stupid joke was Romney, Get a clue. You're going to bomb Leno's house over a silly joke wasn't even about, you, Sikhs, or Islam? Don't be a Jack-a$$.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  192. penguin

    The one thing I can't stand and won't put up with is intolerance.

    January 25, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  193. stormeagle

    Maybe Leno was jealous because Letterman already had an ethnic group mad at him (jihadists)

    January 25, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  194. Clyde M

    I love Sikhs, known a few and they've always been peaceful, kind, and generous. But, yeah, this is not offensive. It's not offensive because someone did a web search for "golden buildings" or something and used one of the hits as a jab at Mitt Romney (though I do love this article's overly PC author saying "possibly to mock the extent of Romney’s wealth;" No possibly about it, Umika, that was the point).
    It in NO way made fun of Sikhs or their beliefs and let's be honest–99% of Americans wouldn't even have known it was a Sikh building had the Sikh community not said anything. There are times when jokes set out to walk the line or downright offend, but Leno is designed to be as bland as possible while still, technically, being called "humor." This isn't offensive and people need to be less sensitive and get over it.

    January 25, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  195. Enernoj

    So someone is still watching Leno?

    January 25, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  196. Joe

    Jay Leno, better watch oyt. Sikh extremists killed hundreds bombing Air India flight from Toronto to London. I heard it was over a joke the airlines made. Google it!

    January 25, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  197. dave

    to funny i think leno is a good time relax and enjoy,i expect to see a chia pet shaped like the temple soon!

    January 25, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Maude

      Your hatred is apparent. You even hung your own god ( Chirst) with your hatred thus buying a rope for us loosers is not big deal.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  198. akbar el akbarowski

    The blood of the American devil will flow tonight for your disrespect. Prepare yourself, the bloodshed starts tonight!....right after Leno. Anyone know who the musical guest is tonight?

    January 25, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  199. The Human Fund

    Oh please. That's offensive? Thin skinned and must not have any other problems in this world.

    January 25, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  200. manny


    January 25, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  201. manny

    Jay Leno should be at the bottom of peoples lists as far as who is offending who.What a waste of time

    January 25, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  202. Sokman

    It took the Sikh people this long to figure out Leno isnt funny? Meet Johnny Sparks must be a big hit with them

    January 24, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Neeta

    I am not really offended by this joke but then again I don't find Leno funny at all. Those complaining about this temple awash in gold while people starving around it, clearly you are ignorant. The Golden temple runs a 24 hour FREE kitchen to people of all religion, castes, and creed. I dont think most Sikhs are offended by this joke. Maybe the temple authorities are but then again that is their full time job

    January 24, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Sam

    It was a joke about that moron. They need to stop taking things so personal and just lol.

    January 24, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  205. DS

    this honors the beauty that is the golden temple
    no need to overreact
    this was a joke
    more attention to the golden temple itself
    his job is to make jokes

    January 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  206. sean

    I think many have forgotten that shiks were blowing up planes all through the 70's and 80's. Before you condemn those who speak in America, read a little history.

    January 24, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      LOL, give one ounce of proof. you have no idea how volatile that situation was moron. the government even attacked this temple in th e 80's, thousands of sikhs were massacred in Dhelhi even, and to stop western support for the sikh movement for a homeland, the government infiltrated the movement and did bad things pretending to be sikhs. honeslt,y if u dont know nything, dont tlk loser....

      January 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bharat

      Agreed. The sikhs were a major source of terrorism and unrest in India through the 80s and 90s.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  207. Ms. Lydia Adams

    Last night I was watching the republican debate and, was completely appalled by the fact that, besides Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Romney, the other two candidates, Mr. Santorum and Dr. Paul got hardly enough time to put in two sentences!!!! The media makes sure that, this will too turn into just another 'reality show'; the more punches the better!?-and will do it's best to brainwash the public! This only underlines the sad fact that, "Presidents are not elected; they're SELECTED"! Why do we even bother to have these debates? The ones that NEEDS to be in the highest office, does not have a chance! When will we stop worshipping the " money god" and give honest, good peoples a chance to be elected into office? Mr. Williams, I know you cannot bite the hand that feeds you, but I expected a little more fairness of you hosting this debate!

    January 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Superhiro

      Uhh... cool. Guess what has absolutely nothing to do with this story? Your post. Try clicking on the section called "politics" before you rant about politics.

      January 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  208. bob

    Iam a smelly sikh, bite me

    January 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shhiver

      Yuuck...no thank you, you might get offended and besides that, I don't like strong smells.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Ms. Kinga Olsen

    I am very disappointed in Mr. Leno; I used to be a fan, but no more!!! He's making fun of EVERYBODY except Mr. Obama! What's the deal? Why suddenly such a political correctness????Isn't it enough, that the media itself completely distorts the news and "feeds" the American public with uttermost nonsence and lies upon lies? Perhaps, there is a reward for braindead 'reality shows' and ugly-ugly broadcasts of more lies!? I cannot even stomack the fact that, EVERY single channel airs the most intellectually insulting programs in history! Except for PBS, -and VERY seldom the History channel and NetGeo...- NONE of you worth waste time on watching! Perhaps the good peoples of America will finally pick up a book and read instead? And, perhaps will learn and admit that, 'we' elected a president out of political correctness? I don't know what will it take to the people to 'wake up'?

    January 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Superhiro

      Are you kidding? You realize people who tell jokes can pick their own topics right? You don't have to make fun of everybody just in the interest of fairness. What country do you live in?

      January 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Az Patriot

      @ Ms. Kinga Olsen: not everything is about
      president obama. you should remember to
      take your meds every day.

      January 25, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • NobodysGuru

      If it bothers you then stop watching it! Nobody's forcing you to watch comedy and then cry about it. May I ask where you live and if you live in India how did you get access to watch it the Jay Leno show?

      January 25, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • proud marine momma

      You quite obviously do not watch the show on a regular basis if at all,the president is the topic of many jokes. To bad you do not know the difference. I would wish you a good day but I doubt you want my good wish or a good day.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • ?

      I can't stand Obama, but frankly madame, what the he11 are you talking about?

      January 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      um, you are a fruit cake. 1st, everyone who is not a "super liberal" takes shots at Obama, 2nd this article has zero to do with Obama, 3rd, we the people voted for Obama because most americans were sick of the fascist terrorists of the Greedy Old Party ruleing over us like kings. Tobad Obama didnt repeal 100% of the legislation that dubbs signed into effect, expecally the exicutive order banning all of this cabinate from being prosicuted in the US for warcrimes. Interestingly, bush or cheny cant leave america or they will be arrested by the international cominity and flowen tot he Hague for warcrimes.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Fat Rat

    I thought circle k was klan owned

    January 24, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Adam

    How anyone could be offended by this is ridiculous, it's a joke. Maybe they should've showed the castle in Walt Disney World instead. The overly sensitive people really need to get a life and laugh once in a while. It's actually good for you.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  212. randy

    I am not sikh but I'm offended because i have respect for golden temple,Eighter you are not singh(Sikh) or may be blood in you is not from sikh parents may be entertainer.....

    January 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  213. toolmantim

    Big deal!! Lighten up people!! It was a joke1

    January 24, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Jasdeep

    Sikhs are not offended. This just a non issue made to portray Sikhs in a negative light. Love Jay Leno

    January 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Singh

    II'm a Sikh and I was not offended by this joke. I understand that it was poking fun at Mitt Romney and not my religion. Please excuse the nutty people turning this into a controversy. I don't know who gave them the right to speak on behalf of the entire Sikh community. The Indian government is getting involved because there is an election in Punjab state next week and Congress Party is trying to win Sikh votes. Not all Sikhs are offended. Only the dumb ones are. Unfortunately, dumb people always yell the loudest.

    January 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bharat

      Just the dumb sikhs? Isn't that like 99% of sikhs? Seriously, dude, they're the Pollacks of India – i.e., the punchline in most jokes.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • IB

      Totally agree. There is nothing offensive about the joke, in fact (as a half-Sikh) I found it hilarious. The only offensive person is Bharat (assumed to be an Indian) who commented on your post.

      January 25, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • De

      Hey BHARAT,
      you have some nerve calling sikhs terrrorists and idiots.....If it wasn't for Sikhs, all hindus would be Muslims now..Read some history. About Golden Temple attack, do you know how many innocent people were killed in Golden Temple and after Indra Gandhi's death. How many people were punished for those Delhi attacks?????? None....I know personally many of the victims..They were INNOCENT.

      January 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • SilentBoy741

      And here, they usually get elected.

      That was a joke, so no doubt I've just offended SOMEbody...

      January 26, 2012 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  216. bj

    snarky is jack ass
    Get over iy

    January 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Bj

    If any body does not know importance of the place keep your mouth shut,there are already enough problem in this world Please don't add feul to fire,Shold respect each others .Shold make joke so everybody laugh but not hurt anybody feelings ,Mr.Leno know better

    January 24, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snarky

      Get the hell out of town with that! Every religion gets mocked, why do they get a pass. Either don't watch the show or grow a sense of humor you robot.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrskool

      Bj – you and anyone else who was offended by this joke is overly sensitive and needs to get a grip on your religious fervor. It is ridiculous to take offense by a joke that is not even directed at you or your religion. If thats all it takes to offend you then you need to see a doctor and get some therapy immediately before you harm yourself or others ... seriously !!

      January 24, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • proud marine momma

      Gee bj you might need spell check prior to posting. Have a wonderful day.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  218. Mark

    Well there are starving kids around the globe and I am offended that a building was made of gold that could have been used to buy food for people. What superfluous spending. By the way if you don't like the jokes, protest by not watching the show. We are living in a world of over sensitive whiners.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • czar

      well, the place does serves free food all year long, to anyone.

      January 25, 2012 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
    • PD

      Dude, the building is over 300 years old. The religions major tenant is to feed people (called Langar or community kitchen) an provide community service to not just Sikhs but the ENTIRE community without DISCRIMINATION. Are people so ignorant nowadays that they just spew out whatever comes to mind without looking into the issue first??

      January 25, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Lenny

      Well, the guy's name is MArk and he' s on CNN. So there is a 0.98 probability that he's American and 0.99 probability that he's ignorant. So we shouldn't really take offence to what Mark's saying.

      January 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • MST

      Seriously? Are you saying we need to get rid of all the palatial places – Cathederals, Capitol Hill, White House – till all the homeless in USA get proper homes?? I can understand your frustration on the reaction to the joke. But trying to pick up on poverty issue show your prejudice!!

      January 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey

      agreed, and to PD, um so what who cares how old it is. India is the 2nd most OVERPOPULATED nation on earth. With the tons and tons of gold they have in there monuments, it is ludicris that america donates anything to these greedy bas***ds.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Loren

    Can someone who is Sikh explain how saying that the temple is Romney's summer home is derogatory? It doesn't mention the Sikh religion, nor imply that the wealth represented by the temple is in some way less worthy. While it does bring attention to the temple, without the American viewer knowing that it is a Sikh temple, most viewers would simply view it as a palace worthy of a rich person. Sorry, but this just seems to be exhibiting a lack of a sense of humor.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasdeep

      It's not derogatory at all just an non issue being hyped up to make Sikh looks bad. See http://www.sikhchic.com/article-detail.php#q1

      January 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasdeep

      http://www.sikhchic.com/article-detail.php?id=3050&cat=12 Actual article from a Sikh Website.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • PD

      It wasn't "several" Sikhs that were killed but upto 2000 Sikhs. The Red Cross was denied access to the temple and surrounding area by the government so a confirmed number was never obtained. Not really something a minority community can ever really forget and not something that can be taken lightly.

      January 25, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • xjdavid

      PD, true. That isn't something that should be taken lightly. But, it's also something that had nothing whatsoever to do with Leno's joke, which was in reference to the building being covered with gold. So, I'm a little confused about the controversy as well.

      January 25, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • PD

      xjdavid, liken it to someone saying something that could be construed as "negative" to the site of the 9/11 attacks. Senseless deaths occured that outraged a population that felt defiled and attacked. Now try to understand the mindset of some Sikhs to Leno's "joke". I was 5 years old when the Golden Temple was attacked; my father weaping over that attack is my first and strongest memory. The 9/11 attacks occured when I was in my second year of University. I can't to this day think about those images without feeling sick. I'm Canadian, but the attacks in NYC, DC and Penn State made me question my sense of peace and the way that the world is going.

      January 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobalu

      PD you have to consider the context. The joke works as a picture that looks like a golden palace. The vast majority of the audience has no idea of the significance of the golden temple. Using the twin towers is not the same. Although if hypothetically there was a place where no one knew about 911 and they needed a pic of two skyscrapers for a non-related joke then I wouldn't care if they did use a pic of the world trade center

      January 25, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amrinder K. Nannan

      You don't have to say anything when you see the image of our Shri Harmandir Sahib...just like you don't have to when you see the Mecca or the Vatican. These are the holiest places and to say they are a "summer home" is an insult to a person's religion. Why didn't they show the Buckingham Palace or a rich king's palace to differentiate Mitt Romney's wealth from other politicians if they were trying to make a point...just don't go after people's holy places!!

      January 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey

      to amrinder, um first I bet if you asked 10000 non-sikhs what the temple is, (in the US) not a one would know. Second, it is a big golden building (bukingham is not, not even Versalles is) 3rd, there is no right in america to not be ofended. If they are so thin skinned that one of the most famous comedians in americas jokes bother them, then they need to seclude them selves, or better yet take there own thiestic lives, and stop wasteing national resorces on these freaks.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  220. mikrik13

    Everyone has to develop a pretty thick skin to live in this world. Sikhs can't really be so weak.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasdeep

      I am a Sikh and thought it was very funny. This is non issue thats being used by India to portray Sikhs in a negative light.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • JuneCleaversBeaver

      Oh they'll show their disdain and 'bravery' by soliciting someone to strap on some explosives and kill a bunch of innocent people at an open air market. Yeah that'll show em for making fun of our golden temple.

      January 25, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • saopaco

      June, you don't really know much about Sikhs, do you?

      January 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      June, your an effin idiot!!!

      January 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • CloningAPU

      My aunt was aSKINGIRL she use to make fun of Sikhs all the time

      My aunt told me in the UK the sk in heads and the blacks use to Ba Sh them , watch the movie ( THE WALL )

      January 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  221. john paul

    its a joke! isnt leno a bit past their bedtime anyhow? you goota figure, the worst they can do to protest is shut down all the circle k's for a day. (conveince mart for those that dont have one in their town)

    January 24, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasdeep

      Don't forget the 7 Elevens. Just saying since I am a Sikh.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      another stereotype from another ignorant american

      January 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • APUcloner

      Sikhs are sme lly people

      Sikhs and Muslim = no big difference , same ignorant goofballs

      Sikh = Sith

      January 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • knucklecheese

      Does anyone have a spare sense of humor Mike can borrow?

      January 26, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  222. Snarky

    Oh well. It's just a joke Sikhs get over it.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasdeep

      Most Sikhs are very funny and so is Jay Leno. Sikhs love Jay Leno

      January 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snarky

      Yea, I'm pretty sure the guy complaining doesn't represent all Sikhs in the first place.

      January 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      Perhaps the guy was offended that the joke associated the Sikh community with Mitt Romney

      January 25, 2012 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Bidman

      Get a life it was a joke. If God did not like a good joke he would have never invented laughing. If you are that sensitive don't watch TV or movies.

      January 25, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      How about a picture of a pallet of bricks, a fat American woman and a Mexican construction worker, with the caption saying-"What will the first two have in common concerning the third, sooner or later?" Oh well, Snarky, it's just a joke get over it.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Inclined to agree, get over it. Good thing he didn't poke fun at Mohammed, they might put a hit on him.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      Come on people, this was just a joke, just like me showing a photoshopped picture Jesus having intercourse with Newt Gingrich

      January 25, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • ?

      Yeah just don't have him slamming Muhammad or you'll get us all killed.

      January 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obeserver

      The sad part is if someone made fun of something related to Judaism – they would be immediately branded an anti Semite.. It's ok to poke fun at everyone except the Jews.

      January 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      I have lived in India and let me tell you of the Hippocrates in that nation. It is a vile filthy country and they abuse human rights everyday. So India needs to shut up and stop thinking they are a super power. And their Bollywood is a bad joke that will not go away.

      January 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warning, Singh Robinson!!!

      Jay, if you make a joke about turbans, you'll be off the air quicker than a jack rabbit on a date.

      You've been warned!

      January 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • asil

      Dude,that joke was just Sikh.....

      January 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      And the joke did not even refer tot he Sihks by name. Just a photo. move on people.

      January 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • vbscript2

      Obeserver, People make jokes about Jews all of the time. Ever seen a Mel Brooks movie? Listened to any Rodney Dangerfield? No one called them anti-semites.

      January 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      @ Michelle, your ignorance is what is wrong with America. If Leno was depicting Jesus Christ birthplace as the same as where a homeless man lives, this country would be in an outrage. It shows how ignorant this country is when it comes to religion they feel it is ok to mock minority religions to get a quick laugh, but if the majority (Christians) get attacked they're ready to go "Tim Tebow" on the problem.

      January 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grampy

      I love a good Sikh joke now and then.

      January 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • stevich80

      Leno is shockingly callous. I've never seen him show any empathy. He's a very shallow individual.

      January 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheMendicantBias

      There's idiots in every community. This wasn't even remotely offensive, and I'm sure most Sikhs found it funny, as well. It's just a few attention-craving idiots who say it's offensive because they want the limelight. Same thing with Muslims. Most of them don't mind being made fun of in things like South Park and Family Guy, but there's always the self-victimizing attention wh0r3s who want the limelight.

      The lesson: don't fool yourself into believing 1 person represents whole communities.

      January 25, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • GrowSomeB#llsPeople

      I'm just Sikh about this ....

      January 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • chef dugan

      People who are easily offended are the most offensive people on earth.

      January 25, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocky Top, Tennessee

      Being the Liberal that he is, Mr. Leno has helped to brew up this here stew of "Political Correct(?)ness. I rather enjoy the fact that he can now sup on this sumptuous repast as it comes back to bite him in his snarky, Liberal behind.

      January 25, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • dogamus

      Dude......"Hippocrates" ?? When did you drop out of school...........6th Grade ??

      January 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • APUclone

      Sikhs = SiCKs

      January 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimrytown

      I'm sure Jay didn't sikh to offend anyone.

      January 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack M

      He should have used a Mormon temple, it would have been more appropriate. But its just a joke hopefully the Sikhs have a sense of humor. The Sikh religion was born out of a desire to end religious conflict and is worthy of much respect, maybe Leno should apologize.

      January 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ursus h.

      "...possibly to mock the extent of Romney’s wealth"??? OBVIOUSLY. This is a tempest in a tea pot. He used an image of a beautiful golden building to poke fun at a candidate. This is obviously not a cultural slam on a Sikh place of WORSHIP in a stunning temple, but on the overly luxurious LIVING conditions of 1% of Americans of which he's saying Romney is a part. The Sikhs are renowned as a strong people, and very worldly, and I'm sure the majority couldn't care less about this. Tip-toeing around this sort of thing is a waste of print space. But it's good to talk about it...

      January 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey

      to jorge, oh I know I know, they are all dumb (as a ton of bricks)

      January 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sense O. Humor

      This is just Sikh, but I hope we don't get to wound up about it hahahaha

      January 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • bs1

      Some intern at the show searched a stock photo library for some grandiose building image to use to match the writes joke and just happened to pick that one. It could have been most any building, it was just chance that they found that image first.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricky D

      So quit doing all the american jobs and make US companies hire within the US.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roo

      His writers probably googled "Golden Castle" or "Golden Building."

      I love Sikh's, but I can never finish a whole one.

      January 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shhiver

      Seems to me Sikhs and other Middle Easterners need to learn what a sense of humor is. Not everything that remotely references your country or culture is an afront against you. It was a harmless joke and probably only used that temple photo because of it's opulent exterior, not because it was Sikh or any other culture. Get over yourselves already and stop whining about nothing.

      January 25, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johan S

      CNN publishes the viewpoint of one lunatic and he somehow represents the entire community. Does Pat Robertson represent all Christians? Does Nixon represent all Republi .. well .. hm .. anyway you get my point .. it's easy to make a whole community look bad by including the opinions of fringe members as mainstream.

      January 26, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • GonzoG

      You know, I know MANY Sikhs. And while the joke wasn't THAT offensive, I would not want to give them ONE IOTA of greif.

      They're good people, by and large.

      Be NICE TO THEM!

      January 26, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Let's face it - it was a very Sikh joke

      January 26, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Frankly, the joke had nothing to do with Sikhs in the first place. I'm sure they just chose an extremely opulent building as a satirical reference to Romney's wealth. Yeah, it does not show respect for the religion to use their building in a joke, but the joke had NOTHING to do with the Sikh religion.

      And asking the gov't to get involved shows the extreme ignorance some people have for our system, since there is literally nothing that the U.S. gov't could do about it.

      January 26, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • narmis_lrig

      sikhs are the brave and peace loving people, they have contributed their fair share in the US economy. Golden Temple is the most sacred place of worship for Sikhs and making funny jokes on someone most sacred places should not be ok.

      February 1, 2012 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |

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