On January 19, 2012, Jay Leno, the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, showed an illuminated picture of Sri Darbar Sahib and announced to the world that this was the summer home of Republican Party hopeful, Mitt Romney. Romney, a rich businessman – politician, is under fire these days for amassing wealth and paying lesser taxes. This derogatory depiction of Sri Darbar Sahib, as the home of rich, is contrary to the reality and hurtful to the sentiments of the Sikhs.
Keeping in view the sacred importance and the history of Sri Darbar Sahib, Sikh- Americans have protested en-masse by calling up the studios of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and voicing their concern. Calls have also been placed at the NBC offices in New York and San Jose, California.
This is not the first time that this show host has targeted Sikhs in his monologue. Previously, 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.
Please sign this online petition and send a strong message that the sentiments of Sikhs worldwide are off limits to his monologues and cannot be used further his TV ratings. The Right to Speech under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution excludes defamation and spreading hate, incitement and false advertising.