"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" is never shy about taking on controversy, and last night (September 25) proved no different.
The show had filmed a segment where reporter Jason Jones talked to fans of the Washington Redskins, who are embroiled in a controversy of about changing the name of their team. Those fans were apparently not happy with the segment after they filmed their appearance, writing angrily about it to the Washington Post, and Stewart addressed those concerns on the show.
“If we find out that someone in a piece was intentionally misled, or if their comments were intentionally misrepresented, we do not air that piece. We would not air that piece,” Stewart said. Then, of course, he aired the piece.
And it's one of the most awkward, eye-opening pieces of comedic journalism you will ever see. Jones talks to a group of Native Americans, and a group of Washington fans to get their take on the issue.
When asked about what would happen if they changed the name, one fan responded, "If the Redskins' name is changed and I have children one day, what will I pass on to them?" while another said changing the name would, "be tough, it'd be like losing a family member."
The most uncomfortable part of the segment is when Jones gets both parties into the same room for a debate. But don't take my word for it. Check out the awkwardness for yourself.