The Daily Show finally aired the controversial segment that left one participant in tears and calling the police.
In the segment, correspondent Jason Jones interviewed Native American activists and Washington Redskins fans about the criticism over the team's name in separate rooms. But after one Redskins fan suggested "we need to be sitting down to the people that actually are offended," Jones facilitated just that, bringing in the group of activists.
Afterward, the four Redskins fans relayed to The Washington Post that they felt as though The Daily Show tricked them into a confrontation they hadn't agreed to. "This goes way beyond mocking," said participant Kelli O'Dell, who suggested the face-to-face discussion. "Poking fun is one thing, but that's not what happened. It was disingenuous. The Native Americans accused me of things that were so wrong. I felt in danger. I didn't consent to that. I am going to be defamed."
"I was told that I was 'psychologically damaging Native American children,'" O'Dell complained. At one point, O'Dell removed her microphone and told a producer to tear up her contract. When her request was refused, she attempted to submit a police report only to be told no crime had been committed. Despite the unhappiness all four fans experienced shooting the segment, they all told the Post they would have gone on the show had they known about the debate ahead of time.
Before airing the segment, host Jon Stewart acknowledged that some of the participants didn't enjoy the experience. "If we find out someone in a piece was intentionally misled or if their comments were intentionally misrepresented we do not air that piece. We would not air that piece. So that being said, I hope you enjoy the following piece," Stewart said.
Watch the piece below and weigh in: Do you think they were right to air the segment?