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Jay Leno Sued

Is This Some Kind of Sikh Joke?

1/24/2012 3:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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NO ONE mocks the Sikh religion and gets away with it ... not even Jay Leno -- at least that's the sentiment behind a new lawsuit, filed by one angry Sikh follower ... in Bakersfield, CA.

It's all over a recent segment on "The Tonight Show" (above) -- in which Jay pokes fun at the homes of several GOP candidates. We'll spare you, but the punchline is that Mitt Romney -- a famously wealthy businessman -- spends his summers in a solid gold palace.

As an illustration, Jay pulled up a photo of India's Harmandir Sahib -- aka the Golden Temple of Amritsar -- one of the most sacred buildings in the world to the Sikh people.

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There's been a lot of outrage among Sikhs over the clip -- but one man in California named Dr. Randeep Dhillon took his religious fervor one step further ... filing a libel lawsuit against the late night host, claiming Leno is responsible for encouraging hatred and ridicule of his religion.

According to Randeep, the Romney joke "falsely portrays the holiest place in the Sikh religion as a vacation resort owned by a non-Sikh" ... THE HORROR.

Randeep is suing for general and punitive damages. A rep for NBC had no comment.

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Snowman with a Turnip Nose    

Leno is mainly responsible for boring people to death. He's guilty of "mass murder" in that regard. Dr. Randeep Dhillon is wasting his money. A joke like that is a 100% constitutionally protected freedom of speech. Plus American judges don't give a hoot about the religious feelings of minorities who have no significant political influence and can't undermine their careers.

973 days ago
17.

EarthAngel    

Am guessing humor is not high on the list for the Sikh religion??

973 days ago
18.

Steinberg    

IT'S OFFICIAL...INDIAN PEOPLE HAVE NO SENSE OF HUMOR

973 days ago
19.

Gee    

Firstly I'm Sikh and I don't see the fuss about this whole thing. It's a joke and we should be able to move on from it. Jay Leno doesn't even need this kind of attention, if anything he's benefiting from this because a lot of people are discovering who he is.

Secondly, Sikhs are not terrorists. We are from India and not UAE (to the above commenters). We do not go around bombing places, you have mistaken us for another type of people.

973 days ago
20.

Paisley    

Who the f cares about these muslim s***. I know I sure don't, they need to keep their robe, turban wearing ass in the middle east and shut the f up. Drop a atomic bomb on their "sacred building"

973 days ago
21.

mynameiswhat    

you people don't even under stand the sentiment sikh people have with this place , bomb it ? this place was already almost destroyed during the 1984 sikh massacre , search it up then you'll see why we're getting so pissed off about it.

973 days ago
22.

patty    

so no one can take a joke any moor?? i am so sick of this - if you watch old SNL b4 all this political correctness crap, it was funny and the cast joked about every one equally - i hope NBC stands up and doesn't make leno apologize - if these guys didn't get any response from their complaints then they will stop

973 days ago
23.

Mumra the Ever Living    

Randeep Dhillon insults his own religion, by asking for money for "general and punitive damages". No apology, just cash for his "humiliation". I would say he should be ashamed of himself, but I doubt if he has any shame.

973 days ago
24.

Paisley    

@mynameiswhat...WHO CARES!!! The muslim s*** didn't care about our Twin Towers..As far as I'm concerned every muslim in this country needs to be rounded up and sent back to the middle east..Sianarya

973 days ago
25.

susie    

I think it's funny that everyone here is saying it's just a joke to get over it; however, if he were to have made fun of a Christian church or Catholic church there would have been a much larger uproar. He was making fun of a sacred building which is inappropriate and NOT funny.

973 days ago
26.

Stop Ignorance    

First of all, he is a Sikh, just as there are different types of Caucasian people, there are different types of "brown" people. The USA hosts some of the most ignorant people ever and I'm sorry that you much live your life as a brainwashed, narrow-minded idiot. He is proud of his religion and he is angry because he was insulted, just as any other person would be too. It doesn't promote hatred, but all of you commenting with your idiotic, stereotypical racist comments sure aren't making America look free and accepting, that's for sure.

973 days ago
27.

Studley Buck    

Leno is a jerk. His jokes aren't funny, and he is really ugly. He should pay the man.

973 days ago
28.

Sienna Sacha    

Randeep needs to brought before the court to have ALL of his possessions ceased and then kicked out of the country. . .this is 100% BULLSHHEEEETT. .

973 days ago
29.

azxterra    

oh geez, freedom of speech gets you sued theses days. It's politically incorrect to actually let sound come out of your mouth now, doesn't matter if it sounds like words or not.. you're offending someone somewhere and law suits will follow. Pathetic.

973 days ago
30.

KareenaK    

OMG this is so annoying! As a Sikh myself, I don't see WTF all this bullshiz is about. The joke is funny! It was actually a positive spotlight on the Golden Temple and Sikhism; but all this nonsensical religious zeal is giving Sikhism a bad image.

The last thing the Sikh community in the U.S. needs is another (this time, self inflicted) Western comparison/association with Muslims, this time for showing ridiculous intolerance to any harmless jokes about a religion. UGH.

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