This article was published on January 12, 2012

Reddit user ventures to the Daily Show, gets Jon Stewart to talk SOPA on air

Reddit user ventures to the Daily Show, gets Jon Stewart to talk SOPA on air

This time, the OP delivered. Yesterday, before the taping of the Daily Show, a Reddit user told its community that he had a VIP ticket to the show, and asked how he could raise the issue of SOPA to Jon Stewart. According to many on the social link site, the Daily Show has been nothing if not silent on the Stop Online Piracy Act. The Reddit userbase took up the opportunity as a way to, potentially, spread their message against SOPA.

And it worked, at least as well as it might have.

According to the one “place_face,” he said the following to Stewart: “the Internet sent me to ask you what you think of SOPA and why you haven’t mentioned it on the show.” Stewart brought it up at the start of last night’s program, saying, effectively, that he had some catching up to do on the issue. He also joked that his next guest would be “the Internet.”

From the same place_face, when he asked a producer at the Daily Show about SOPA, the person in question was not familiar with the bill. It should be noted that the Daily Show has had a laser focus on the current Republic Primary for some time, and that their lack of work on SOPA could be a simple oversight; that has not stopped some online from speculating that Viacom had perhaps put the kibosh on Stewart discussing the issue. Viacom owns Comedy Central, the channel that the Daily show airs on.

We’ll know shortly if Stewart took the request to speak on the issue seriously. For now, we leave you with the clip [US only, we apologize]:

You can read all our coverage of SOPA here.