Jon Stewart on Tuesday unloaded on former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who is accused of sexually abusing young boys. NBC’s Bob Costas on Monday interviewed Sandusky by phone — a moment almost tailor-made for The Daily Show.
“I’m no lawyer, but it seems to me when you’re accused of one of the most heinous crimes imaginable, you might not want to literally phone in your defense on national television,” Jon Stewart said.
Costas pressed Sandusky on his actions at Penn State, asking point-blank if he is sexually attracted to young boys. Sandusky stalled, and repeated the question. Then asked about an incident in the shower, where he is accused of raping a young boy, Sandusky said they were just “horsing” around.
That’s when Stewart really went off.
“First of all, good on Bob Costas,” Stewart said. “Nice job. second of all, horse play? Are you fucking kidding us? Horseplay is wrestling your friend out of a pillow fort. Throwing your nephew into the pool. Various other things that would never be mistaken for rape.”
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