Just when you think your respect for Jon Stewart couldn't get any higher, he defends Egyptian Comedian Bassem Youssef in a moving--yet still somehow funny--segment on The Daily Show.

Sidestepping insults to Zionists and Jews--Egyptian President Morsi remarks they are "descended from monkeys and pigs"--Stewart delivers a 10 minute shpeel defending Youssef's right to poke fun at Morsi and Islam.

Now before you decide that 10 minutes isn't worth it, backtrack. I'm a huge fan of Jon Stewart, and this is the single most moving segment I have ever seen on The Daily Show. Not only does Stewart genuinely lament Egypt's economic situation--all while praising Egyptian history--he also remarks that Youssef is a great friend of his, and issues a plea to Morsi to re-consider Youssef's arrest.

As an Egyptian, I might be a little biased. But as an Arab, I am extremely impressed by Stewart's solidarity. It takes an intelligent man to find humor in offense and Stewart does it magnificently--all while delivering one key message:

"Democracy isn't democracy if it only lasts until someone makes fun of your hat."


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