Daily Show leads with Allen’s ‘Macaca’
When Senator George Allen pointed to a campaign volunteer for his Democratic opponent James Webb and uttered the words, "Let's give a welcome to our friend Macaca here" at a rally over the weekend, it was a gaffe so bizarre that it cried out to be lampooned on a certain 11pm fake newscast. As it turns out, the incident not only got the Daily Show's attention, but Jon Stewart and company led with it on the August 15 episode.
After playing portions of the clip in which Allen singled out UVA fourth-year S.R. Sidarth– who is Indian-American and has been video taping Allen for the Webb campaign– Stewart said it wasn't nice for the Webb camp to try to capture Allen on film "because George Allen says some really stupid sh*t." He then brought in "correspondent" Rob Corddry who delved into the more scatalogical interpretations of Allen's remarks before finally concluding, "It sure as sh*t sounds racist, and here in Virginia, I'm still not sure if that helps or hurts."
Allen has since apologized for the remarks, telling the Washington Post "I would never want to demean him as an individual. I do apologize if he was offended by that. That was no way the point."
Nobody's quite sure what, if anything, Allen meant by calling Sidarth "Macaca," but it has the Internet abuzz with "Macaca" and "George Allen" being the second and fourth most blogged-about topics on the web right now, according to Internet aggregator Technorati.