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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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76.

kevin    

Doesn't he realize that you can only make fun of Christians nowadays?

948 days ago
77.

Ozzy Lei    

So is TMZ gonna get sued for saying its a "Sikh joke"?

948 days ago
78.

Nosing    

What a big deal in that joke? Jay did not degrade any religion here. The temple is NOT situated in Lake Winnipesaukee. This is another money grab by this Indian.

948 days ago
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Shawn Singh    

I'm a Sikh and I didn't find Jay Leno's joke offensive. The majority of Sikhs who saw the clip were not offended...coverage on this topic has been blown way out of proportion...and Dr. Dhillon's lawsuit? Asinine.

948 days ago
80.

TMS    

If this guy hadn't filed this frivolous lawsuit, no one but the Sikhs would even have known what building Jay was showing in first place.

948 days ago
81.

TMS    

Had this guy not gone and filed this completely frivolous lawsuit, no one but the Sikhs would even have known what building Jay was showing.

948 days ago
82.

pat    

i stay in Bakersfield, Ca. (:

948 days ago
83.

lorelei    

They can throw dung at the virgin mary, but God forbid you say anything about a building.

948 days ago
84.

Kaffee    

Remember what happened to Salmon Rushdie? They don't believe in free speech. These people are stone crazy nuts.

948 days ago
85.

are you 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!

948 days ago
86.

Jmac    

Amazing place,you navel gazing Yanks should be like us Aussies and our Kiwi and British mates and get out more.Oh and bombing the **** out of some country from 30,000 feet don't count.

948 days ago
87.

nancy williams    

Jay Leno is still on TV???? I did not know that-he is sooo irrelevant.

948 days ago
88.

Marcu    

What a joke! Jay Leno can say what he wants to! Just because your sham of a religion was at the butt end of a joke does not mean anything! The 1st amendment reads "Freedom of Speech" not " Freedom from being offended " STFU and go back and pray to your false god!!!!

948 days ago
89.

STFUP    

Get over it, towel-head!
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The right to 'mock' public figures and organizations for the sake of satire is part of the freedom of speech we enjoy here in America!

948 days ago
90.

HT    

I'm Sikh and i think this is a joke. The guys a comedian all his jokes are gonna target someone, and he doesn't even say anything racist or degrading about the temple. People need to learn how to take a joke, this is embarrassing.
PS. we don't car bomb, were Sikhs not Muslims

948 days ago
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