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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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Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

Ha ha, the irony is that this religious idiot is going straight to hell for all the ignorance, frustration and annoyance he has spread while alive. These religious dumb-asses suck all the fun out of the world.

949 days ago
32.

kitnplayn    

Get over it. It's a joke. You tie up the courts with this kind of stupidity, and then real victims of crime can't get timely jurisprudence. Maybe if foreigners would learn to laugh at themselves, there would not be as much racism in the U.S.A.

949 days ago
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Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

By the way, that ugly "temple" looks like a ghetto tenement made of corn flakes, which is about to fall over due to poor workmanship ha ha.

949 days ago
34.

Marlena    

People all over the world have become sooooo thin skinned they get their panties in a wad over any teeny "preceived" insult, injustice or criticism. I am so sick and tired of all the weenies in the world SO WEAK!!!!!!

949 days ago
35.

are you guys kidding me    

I'm sikh and I don't think that was offensive at all. I think the lawsuit is ridiculous.

But what I find offensive is the comments by you very ignorant people. You guys take one man, and generalize his behaviour as being indicative of a whole culture. i.e., "sikhs have no sense of humour."

And I'm not sure why muslims and indians are being compared, totally different religions:S Indians and muslims have a history of bad blood between them and for many years now and I wouldn't ever think of saying some of the things you folks are saying against them. Just because muslim extremists were behind the 9/11 attacks, you cannot generalize this to all muslims.....it is VERYYY ignorant to do so.

@ Sienna Sacha How do you know Randeep wasn't born in this country?

The amount of ignorance and jsut plain stupidity I see coming from the US wrt to religion, gay rights etc., astounds me!

949 days ago
36.

SubZstancial    

As a SIkh living in north america! i find this joke very funny! moreover, the intelligent sikh community is not offended by leno's use at all! i am ashamed that there are some BAD APPLES even in our community just as there are in others!

This guy wants to make a quick buck on this, so does the indian government who are just a bunch of pansies giving a bad name. FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE SIKHS ON THIS ISSUE please read the following article - http://www.sikhchic.com/article-detail.php?id=3050&cat=12

As a community, and as a SIKH, jay leno has done NOTHING WRONG!

Thank you

949 days ago
37.

Metta Worldhate    

Suck it, nutjob. Toby Keith's boot ran deep up your a--.

949 days ago
38.

Grumpinmcpunkkin    

So the guy this joke is about is not the one suing? It's a guy who practices the religeon( or how ever you would word that) ? If so, then I'm suing EVERYONE who's made fun of Baptist/Christians ..rofl... I will be so rich! I will go swimming naked in my pool of cash... And maybe come out with some of it clinging to my bum... Maybe a big bill stuck to a breastesessess and other regions...

949 days ago
39.

anony    

Gotta side with Leno on this one, even though he's a doosh. They just used a picture of the fanciest building they could find on the internet. They had no idea what it was.

949 days ago
40.

Kabala    

Sorry pal, you're not getting a dime.

949 days ago
41.

justagirl    

Freedom of speech anyone? What's funny is that Jay doesn't even write his own material LOL!

949 days ago
42.

DiM    

Most religions of the world waste a great deal of money on stuff like this so they look good. They would all be better off donating it to charity with no religious strings attached. And remember - this is just ONE person who cannot take a joke. I know plenty of Sikh people who may not necessarily agree with this joke, but wouldn't be offended either. **Team Jay**

949 days ago
43.

Selebraties Suck    

Poor Leno is so poor. I am so sick of all the 1%ers in hollywad acting like they aren't big fat snobby rich people who live behind locked gates.

949 days ago
44.

Singh    

The job of the media isnt to be a bunch of frickin a-sholes there job is to inform. As sad as it is a crap load of americans get there main sources of info from Jay Leno and crap like TMZ. And judging from the comments a lot of em comment on these threads.

If you dont know what Sikhism is dont criticize it and associate it with Islam. Just because we wear a turban and keep a beard doesnt give you racist p-icks a free pass to make derogatory comments at the faith and culture.

Its freedom of speech, which is why the lawsuit is stupid, but just because youre allowed to say something doesnt mean you should. If you can be a bigot and be racially insensitive to people in all honesty you should not be on national television. The article is written by idiots who as opposed to maybe educating some people choose to perpetuate racism and ignorance

949 days ago
45.

UPYOURS    

Let us know how that works out for you dumbass. You are in the good old USA, Leno has freedom of speech, etc etc.

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