1:25 pm - 02/11/2014

Jason Jones Nearly Sparked An Incident With Russia By Pissing Off Mikhail Gorbachev

The Daily Show sent Jason Jones to Russia to get to the bottom of why the Winter Olympics in Sochi have been such a trainwreck. So Jones went to Moscow because, in his words, “if you really want to understand Russia” that’s where you have to go. And so he did. His assessment: ”This place looks a lot like America, just with a f*cked up alphabet.”

The total result is a hysterical segment that culminates with Jones getting threatened by former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev after Jones suggested that Russia rebuild the Berlin Wall.

“Who asked for this meeting? If you bring cameras in here again, I will put you against the wall,” Gorbachev threatened. “I’ve had enough of this.”


couldn't find a youtube link, but you can also watch it at the daily show website here
andieray 11th-Feb-2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
looool. I love him.
spanishsaharaa 11th-Feb-2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
I was dying last night when Gorbachev told Jason he'd throw him against the wall or whatever lmao.
justkeepworking 11th-Feb-2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
I will put you against the wall
The Russian version of "I'll put you over this balcony."
mrsdracula 11th-Feb-2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
Gorbachev was so nhft lol
redsprings 11th-Feb-2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
If finding Jason Jones incredibly attractive is wrong then I don't wanna be right.
sucha_handful 11th-Feb-2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
chasind01 11th-Feb-2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
salt and pepper is doing him many favors
andieray 11th-Feb-2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
He's definitely aging well.
theupperdrive 11th-Feb-2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
i will put you against wall

damn; lmao
rare_lj 11th-Feb-2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
I can't see the video but he sounds like an a absolute asshole

Oh the Daily Show is the show with Jon Steward

Edited at 2014-02-11 07:45 pm (UTC)
nalty7 11th-Feb-2014 07:51 pm (UTC)
What's with the "fucked alphabet" thing? Don't people know that alphabets are than english exist?
chihaya19 11th-Feb-2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
he is just doing the "ugly american" stereotype to get a reaction.
crazyventures 11th-Feb-2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
You do realize that these Daily Show segments are mostly satire, right?
nalty7 11th-Feb-2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
i've never watched it so idk.
crazyventures 11th-Feb-2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
The "Commie Dearest" title might have been a tip-off
andieray 11th-Feb-2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
lolololol mte
oddpowers 11th-Feb-2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
American humor.
2morrowww 11th-Feb-2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
fuck you russian alphabet is the best
ellesmereisland 11th-Feb-2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
OMG the part where Jason's first interviewee Nikonov starts doing an American accent back at him! Hilarious.
makemegood 11th-Feb-2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
Technically it's a Canadian accent, since Jason's Canadian
ellesmereisland 11th-Feb-2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
I think Nikonov was responding more to the general Russia vs USA thing the sketch had going on, rather than trying to mimic Jones specifically. But it's all part of the hilarity! It makes these segments even better that Jones is Canadian.
backtoblack 11th-Feb-2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
That was the best
primroseway 11th-Feb-2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
haha that was great! i always think these interviewers have to be so ballsy to say some of the things they're saying, even though both parties know its satire (usually), i couldn't do it.
merel_93 11th-Feb-2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
I can't see it because I'm not in the US, sadly
megatrouble 11th-Feb-2014 09:27 pm (UTC)
I'm not in the US either and I could watch it using the second link OP provided: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-10-2014/jason-jones-live-from-sochi-ish---commie-dearest
merel_93 11th-Feb-2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
redleigh86 11th-Feb-2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
lol that first russian dude was a good sport and pretty funny. and did anyone else notice gorbachev holding his hand?? lmaooo he went to put jason's hand down but then didn't let it go for a few seconds, so they were just standing there holding hands lol
serena_b 11th-Feb-2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
I thought it was cuz Jason pointed at him so he grabbed his finger. It *is* impolite to point at people (or so I've been told, I have no manners lol).
megatrouble 11th-Feb-2014 09:25 pm (UTC)
lmao "we destroyed america, finally. do you have any questions?"

and gorbatchev was more like a grumpy grandpa than threatening imo. hilarious video anyway.
megalixer 11th-Feb-2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
tbh I get the impression that the stereotypes that america has of russia are actually fairly similar to the stereotypes that the rest of the world has of america - lots of money but socially backwards, very rich upper class fucking over the rest of the country, likes to bully other countries around, crazy shit goes down there etc. so even if it's satire "a lot like america with a fucked up alphabet" is a pretty prescient point.
bloolikejazz 11th-Feb-2014 11:23 pm (UTC)
trust me these are not the stereotypes the world has of america. you wish the world had those stereotypes about the states.
megalixer 11th-Feb-2014 11:51 pm (UTC)
but they're not flattering stereotypes at all? idg why you think I'm being jingoistic here

not talking on a "what are the individuals like" level but on a government/political level like the video is addressing. i don't think it's inaccurate to say that politically the rest of the world tends to see america as a rich but corrupt and socially backwards bully (which is how the us tends to see russia)
bloolikejazz 12th-Feb-2014 12:27 am (UTC)
you certainly tried to embellish them. also at no point did i claim you were being jingoistic. i'm just being realistic. i'm a (north) american living in europe and the general idea of americans here is fat and dumb. you picturing some american dream is just not an accurate representation of how the world views the states.
actually what you said in the recent comment is true - the states are viewed as a bully, but in addition to other stereotypes the stereotypes about corruption and rich upper classes don't come even close to second.
megalixer 12th-Feb-2014 12:38 am (UTC)
I've lived + worked in Europe too (mainly France + Germany) though, I'm not talking out of my ass.

Yeah, on the individual level the stereotype is "fat and dumb and overly religious" but on the government/politics level I certainly got a lot of "your government bullies other countries" and "wtf NSA sounds so shady, lots of potential for abuse" and "mass shootings/people bitching about healthcare/etc. y'all are crazy and sort of scary" type of comments. The two don't have to cancel each other out, the stereotypes of Americans as tourists/individuals are not necess. the exact same as the perception of our political system.
prophecypro 11th-Feb-2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
loooool Daily Show never holds back.
zombieroadtrip 11th-Feb-2014 10:14 pm (UTC)
the enactment of bombing america was amazing lol
petecarl 11th-Feb-2014 11:13 pm (UTC)

Also, why doesn't adblock work for Hulu?
mwffj 11th-Feb-2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
Gorbachev is still alive?
bloolikejazz 11th-Feb-2014 11:22 pm (UTC)
it's amazing because they don't realise he's making fun of americans in front of them. also jason jones is canadian lol
megalixer 11th-Feb-2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
. . . it's a satire show, they're 100% aware that he's making fun of americans. the whole piece is making fun of american cold war jingoism, the daily show's writers probably scripted that bit with the russian government member.
bloolikejazz 12th-Feb-2014 12:23 am (UTC)
oh really a satire? well i never!
i know it's a satire show. but you don't see gorbachev going along with it even tho he was most certainly previously explained it's a joke do you?
megalixer 12th-Feb-2014 12:26 am (UTC)
that seems to be the point of the joke though? the voiceover they put over him (with a fake russian accent to boot, come on!) should clue you in.
andi88 12th-Feb-2014 12:45 am (UTC)
They don't explain that it's a joke when doing those interviews because they want a natural response.
bluecassettes 12th-Feb-2014 01:05 am (UTC)
lol at how wrong you are
bloolikejazz 13th-Feb-2014 10:43 pm (UTC)
how so? see the poster above - they want a natural response. so i think you're the one that;s wrong.
marmar627 12th-Feb-2014 05:30 am (UTC)
This was amazing. I hated Jason when he started on the show but now he just goes all out with his segments.
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