Scary David Letterman Death Threat Is No Laughing Matter

david lettermanLate night funnyman David Letterman has gotten himself into trouble a few times throughout his career from jokes he's made that could be described as "less than tasteful." Remember the whole Oprah thing? Or, more recently, the Sarah Palin one? However, his latest predicament -- death threats on a Jihadist forum -- is no laughing matter.

SITE Intelligence Group, a company that monitors extremist chatter on the Internet, has identified posts on a Jihadist chat forum that call for the killing of Letterman -- and the cutting out of his tongue -- for jokes he made regarding the death of a terrorist leader.

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According to SITE, the threat was made by a "frequent commenter" who identifies himself (or herself) as Umar al-Basrawi. He was offended by a joke that Letterman made after the U.S. military announced that they had killed al-Qaida leader Ilyas Kashmiri in Pakistan. Baswrawi wrote on the site:

He said that Kashmiri was killed in an airstrike in Pakistan (the news was not yet reported about the leading mujahideen, and Allah knows best). Then, he showed his evil nature and deep hatred for Islam and Muslims, and said that Ilyas Kashmiri was killed and he joined bin Laden. Then the despicable one put his hand on his neck and demonstrated the way of slaughter!!

Then he made his threat:

Is there not amongst you a Sayyid Nosair al-Masri (may Allah release him) to cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever. Just as Sayyid (may Allah release him) did with the Jew Kahane.

Letterman's not Jewish, but that's besides the point. These radical Muslim groups need to calm down, and quit taking everything so personally. Was Letterman's joke distasteful? Perhaps. But so is cheering in the streets after 9/11 (as well as cheering in the streets after Bin Laden was killed). It's David Letterman's job (and Jay Leno's, and Conan O'Brien's, and Jimmy Kimmel's) to make light of things going on in the world -- political and otherwise; few things are off-limits. To order a death threat over something like this is completely and utterly insane.

Here in America, our comedians basically get to do whatever the eff they want. Should it be that way? Sure, why not? Freedom of speech is a beautiful thing. They can make fun of celebrities and other country's leaders, as well as our own. How many other countries would allow a major movie to be released that makes fun of their President while he's still in office? That's just how we roll. Perhaps we're a daring folk, or perhaps we're using laughter and comedy to mask all our deep dark emotions, a la tears of a clown? Probably the latter, but again, I digress.

To take something Letterman said so literally is ridiculous. It's like, relax, man. He was just doing his job (and I'm sure he's not even the person who wrote the joke). And dude, you're doing something no one ever wants to do -- you're making George Bush look good. I mean, he never made any death threats and the entire world made fun of him.

What do you think about this?


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