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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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106.

Madea    

Get the **** out of here then. go back there. you don't like it turn the ****ing channel.

912 days ago
107.

anon    

Images of the Golden Temple

http://www.google.com/search?q=golden+temple&hl=en&prmd=imvnsur&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=wyYgT6WcAcrV0QHW3PwF&sqi=2&ved=0CDMQsAQ&biw=1137&bih=805

912 days ago
108.

TMZLackingFacts    

Rogue Warrior: First of all you do not know jack about the place so STFU... second people really didnt like it when they crashed planes in the towers ( even though bush did it )... i am sure they will not like when they blow up other religion places here .. so if i was you i keep my dumb american mouth shut ... THANK YOU and god bless america ;-P

912 days ago
109.

Jen    

See? This is what happens when you let too many of these easterners in the country; they don't understand things like free speech so they try to shut the rest of us up that live here and know our rights. How many years has the Tonight Show poked fun at anyone and everyone? I hope they shut this guy down.

912 days ago
110.

Roland    

I wonder if he would ever be able to kick up such a fuss in his own country. Freedom of speach working for you I guess. All this fuss over some backward country's romance with a nonsense religion.

912 days ago
111.

Gotta love Canada    

USA loves to sue. I guess working for your money is too hard! Get a job!!!!!

912 days ago
112.

Dce    

Leno you're a misogynistic ignorant moron that has openednamwhole can of worms for sikhs in america. It was enough that as people of Indian descent we were persecuted as every comedian oh they're brown and wear turbans they must be arab terrorists. Bravo Leno for seething back the US Nay another 70 years.

912 days ago
113.

pua    

throw Randeep a 50 and have him along his way.. this is stupid, even fro Randeep.

912 days ago
114.

james    

Christians are hanmmered all the time in so many shows, jokes, etc. Some are actually funny. I am a christian and I don't like most of them, but the first amendment is just that. turn the channel if you don't like what you see/hear. All the CULTS have special protection, however biblical christianity is the only one that people can make fun of? This country contrary to popular kool aid drinking beliefs, was founded on the moral principles of the bible. Our founding fathers all belived in a supreme being. Not all believed in Christ and that is that. Why do the whiney minority have superior power over the majority, in politics as well as religion? I guess this country is going to hell in a hand basket.

912 days ago
115.

Jasdeep Mann    

SIKHS don't find this offensive. This is all manufactured. If you believe this you might as well believe Israel just declared a national holiday for Hitler's Birthday. Get to know a few Sikhs it will be good for you.

912 days ago
116.

Joey    

I agree that this lawsuit is a joke and yea Leno makes fun of everyone, its his job! you know were making a big deal about a single lawsuit, but if we say or print anything about islam or allah then watch out. apparently we cant say anything about them!

912 days ago
117.

jaz    

i have some problems with most of the comments i've seen.

the naivety of people who think that they can desecrate the sanctity of a place is a bit concerning. i'd happily piss on your mother's grave and then **** on your first amendment if i couldn't contain myself. similarly this is the first thing jay leno googled 'golden building/palace' turned up. it's lazy and shows a lack of respect to his audience's knowledge and himself.

jay leno fails to provide any context at all and doesn't even acknowledge what he has objectified. he has absolutely no artistic merit. sikhs have an issue with this because as far as they're concerned they have no public/political influence. rightly so given that they've been associated with some republican pig as well.

- this is not a scathing attack on sikhs. but sikhs will feel marginalised and offended because many americans lack worldly knowledge.
- however, jay leno and tmz provide no context whatsoever which is disgraceful journalism given how many people watch leno and read this website.
- it means that people who won't bother to learn about other cultures are given the wrong impression. (does barrack HUSSEIN obama still freak you out?)
- the above two points should signify that words and pictures go a long way and should absolutely not be misconstrued.
- educate yourselves. please.

911 days ago
118.

SaphireStar    

It's a joke!! What is wrong with a little humor??
Just unbelievable these idiotic lawsuits.

911 days ago
119.

BeHonest    

What happened to the teaching of tolerance in the religion? I guess this so called Doctor needs to go back to the temple and catch up with some practice.

911 days ago
120.

pb    

Lighten Up... Francis... for God's Sake

911 days ago
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