The Daily Show Attacks Video Games In Light of Supreme Court Decision

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Jon Stewart fumbles the ball on his take down of the Supreme Court's decision to rule that video games are protected speech this week, forgetting that he's living in the same glass house.

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Ironically, Stewart uses the very graphic video game images he thinks should be criminalized, on a television show that is itself protected speech.

Get back to me when you think it should be illegal for a 17 to watch your show Jon.

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Update: I get that Stewart is doing this to point out perceived hypocrisies on the part of the U.S. Supreme Court justices, but he's throwing video games under the bus to do it. I'm not saying I disagree with his point, just how he made it.

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OtakuMan24
OtakuMan24

HA! That was a good clip!

Seriously though,

Crecente:

"Ironically, Stewart uses the very graphic video game images he thinks should be criminalized, on a television show that is itself protected by the Freedom of Speech."

Crecente... I hate spoiling jokes by having to explain them, but your very first word here sums up the whole point of this clip, and in essence, Jon Stewart's whole schtick.

IRONY!

I didn't hear him say that he thinks that graphic video games should be criminalized. If he did, feel free to point me to where in the clip he said that. If anything, listening to him fake shock at the X-Ray attacks and Fatalities from the latest MK is actually pretty dang funny.

His big point was that he wasn't poking fun at games (Although Super Mario Boner was... I don't even), but rather at judges and justices. Specifically that in the write up of the ruling, it was made clear that law can regulate sales of SEXUAL materials, but not VIOLENT materials.

IRONY!

This then segways into more fun made at judges' expense when one Wisconsin State Supreme Court justice got so pissed off at a fellow justice that he "Supposedly" choked her/put her in a choke hold.

"I don't think violent video games are having an effect on kids, but I am starting to think it's having an effect on the judges that review cases about violent video games!"

The icing on the cake is when this incident happened, ALL the other Wisconsin State Supreme Court justices were present...

...and they CAN'T agree on whether the one justice choked the other or not.

"These people whose job it is to interpret the intentions of our founding fathers from hundreds of years ago can't even agree on what happened IN FRONT OF THEIR OWN FACES!"

Overall, this is a damn funny clip, but I think the satire went a bit over your head this time. Try watching it again and see what you think?