Jon Stewart mocks shirtless aggressor Vladimir Putin for invading Crimea

The "Daily Show" host blasted the Russian president for his "blatant naked aggression"


Prachi Gupta
March 4, 2014 8:01PM (UTC)

Although there are lighter topics to fuel comedy in "The Daily Show," the satire news program kicked the week off with a segment on Russian president Vladimir Putin and his invasion of Crimea.

Stewart blasted Putin for his "blatant naked aggression" on Ukraine, recalling that just a few weeks ago, Putin was the host of one of the most unifying events in the world -- the Olympics. "Remember, Vlad? The brotherhood of international community, spirit of cooperation? Or did you consider the Parade of Nations a browsing opportunity?" Stewart chided. "Did you learn nothing from the innocent tears of your own crying bear?" Stewart joked, referring to one of the the ghastly animatronic Sochi mascots in the closing ceremony.

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Rather than sticking to shirtless Putin jokes, however, the host also educated his audience with a CliffsNotes version of the current conflict plaguing a region that has long had tensions with Russia. A few weeks ago, tension escalated into deadly protests after Ukraine's Russian-leaning president Viktor Yanukovych rejected a trade treaty with the EU. Yanukovych fled to Russia, and Putin's army invaded shortly after -- though the Russian president claims that he is not trying to take over the region.

"To make a long story short," said Stewart, "it looks like Russia has invaded Crimea, or is planning an historically accurate reenactment of a previous Russian invasion of Crimea."


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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