Jon Stewart Takes on Dov Hikind and the ‘War on Purim’


Assemblyman Dov Hikind may have offered his sincere apology for dressing up as a “black basketball player” for Purim, but that doesn’t mean The Daily Show can’t have a little fun with the incident. Accordingly, that’s exactly what happened last night.

“If you live in the New York area, you may be familiar with State Assemblyman Dov Hikind,” the show’s host, Jon Stewart, began as he ticked off allegations of anti-Semitism Mr. Hikind has leveled against others. “Some of this may seem like a bit of an overreaction, but the guy is standing up for a group, whenever he feels this group has been unfairly maligned or held up for ridicule. So what’s he been up to lately?”

He played a clip of a local news broadcast covering the costume controversy, causing Mr. Stewart to lower his head and gasp, “Oh boy.”

After rattling off a few jokes, Mr. Stewart transitioned to a second segment where Jessica Williams, the show’s “Senior Purim Correspondent,” blasted Mr. Hikind and the Jewish community writ large for failing to pay enough respect to “the tenth most-important Jewish holiday there is.”

“It’s an outrage! John, this is just one more example of the politically correct … ‘War on Purim,'” Ms. Williams declared, mocking those who claim there’s a “war” against Christmas. “This is a low-down, dirty shanda. The way this man, Hikind, denigrates Purim. Okay, John, Purim is the fourth or fifth–seventh–it is the tenth most-important Jewish holiday there is! Okay? It is to be celebrated with beautiful costumes of Esther and Mordecai, the heroes in that ancient battle. Then Dov Hikind goes and trivializes it by dressing up as a basketball player? Okay, correct me if I’m wrong John, but at what point in the Book of Esther do the Harlem Globetrotters show up?”

Watch both segments below:

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