‘The Tonight Show’ host Jay Leno has made another comparison between the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and Nazi Germany’s 1936 Olympic Games.
Leno was interviewing guest Meredith Vieira, who will be present in Russia during NBC’s coverage of the games, when he made the stark comparison.
“I have mixed feelings, with all the stuff going on in Russia with [President Vladimir] Putin and the anti-gay legislation,” Vieira said. “There was a lot of debate, internally…at the end of the day it’s about the athletes. But I really hope that people demonstrate there. I’m hoping.”
Then Leno said: “I don’t know how [Russia’s law is] different from — I mean, this is how it started in Nazi Germany — ‘Oh, the Jews, let’s put them over here,’” he said. “It makes me uncomfortable.”
Back in August, Leno made similar remarks while interviewing Barack Obama on ‘The Tonight Show.’ Leno brought up the issue by comparing Russia’s new anti-gay laws to the laws Nazi Germany passed against the Jews. “…Homosexuality is against the law,” Leno stated. “I mean, this seems like Germany: Let’s round up the Jews, let’s round up the gays, let’s round up the blacks. I mean, it starts with that. You round up people who you don’t — I mean, why is not more of the world outraged at this?”
In June, Vladimir Putin signed a law which bans the promotion of ‘gay propaganda’ to minors.