For some fans of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”, this week’s amateur video of a failed gag involving a traumatized camel was anything but funny. In fact, many were outraged.
“Unless Stewart airs the camel footage and follows it up with a heartfelt mea culpa and pledge to make a huge donation to PETA, I’m done with the Daily Show,” wrote one commenter in the TDS forums.
In fact, earlier today, producers for the show did address the incident – but not in the manner requested above.
Earlier this week, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart was in Madison, WI shooting a segment about the Wisconsin labor protests. For an element of the piece, we made arrangements through a local animal wrangler to film a camel. Prior to any filming, the camel, while in the care of its handlers, got its leg caught in a barricade and fell. The camel was not injured, but after the incident, The Daily Show immediately decided not to pursue the idea any further and did not film any material with the camel. The camel remains in good health but is declining media requests at this time.
OK, so it’s not exactly the apology some were looking for. In fact, the humor at the end kind lends a disingenuous air to the whole thing. PETA, in a letter sent earlier, requested that the show discontinue using animals in all future filming – but the regret over this stunt doesn’t seem to reach that level of commitment. Fingers crossed that the producers are much more cautious going forward with live animals in their productions.
Check out video of the camel incident below.