Louis Farrakhan and Late Night Television

While watching Jay Leno on the Tonight Show last night or whatever it’s called now, he mentioned that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  met with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan while he was in the United States for the 65th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. See The Final Call for details of that meeting.

Now, with topical comedy, you have the premise which is usually the mention of the actual event, then you have the point of view and the twist which is the punch line. Normally the punch line relates back to the premise and point of view. That’s what most late night comics do every night routinely. But not this time! Jay Leno mentions the meeting but then he takes the joke in another direction that makes no mention or reference to The Minister.

Maybe Jay got scared because he felt my eyes glaring at him through the television. “Don’t you say anything about MY Minister!”

This really got me thinking about Min. Farrakhan’s presence on Late Night television. Most notably, I remember his Feb. 25, 1994 appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show. “As always, I feel a strong responsibility to not only use my late-night arena for entertainment, but also as a vehicle to open dialogue as we strive for peace and harmony in America,” said host Arsenio Hall in a press release before the show.

Of course there was controversy and Jewish critics of The Minister did not like Arsenio’s plan to have him on the show. Many argue that Arsenio’s stance marked the demise of his show. Others say that his position against the Gay community was the reason. Still others cite plain old racism and he was destined to be canceled regardless to the previous controversies. What do you think? Check out the video clip of Minister Farrakhan on Arsenio’s show, then check out the clip of Arsenio addressing the Gay issue and then tell us what you think by taking the poll below.

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