According to an Al-Quaeda message board, the tongue of David Letterman, “a lowly Jew,” needs to be cut off. EW.com reports that Letterman made a jab at the recent death of suspected terrorist leader Ilyas Kashmiri; and now, somehow, that warrants the talk show host’s death. By the way, Letterman isn’t Jewish.
Even though such threats have been leveled at comedians, humorists, and satirists before, the idea that one person would plan to kill another person for a joke, which, given what network TV standards are, couldn’t have been that offensive, is absolutely absurd. It might sound like a ridiculously oversimplified idea, but it’s puzzling no matter what your background, culture, upbringing, orientation, whatever… that you would skip just being offended and go straight for the throat, literally, until the person is dead.
As Adam Carolla and the LBGT community found out yesterday, forcing one’s views upon someone, or, in this case, taking the neck of The Late Show‘s David Letterman to prove a point, only further entrenches either side in their views, which solves absolutely nothing.