In a story originally reported in Stars and Stripes, a jihadist who goes by the name Umar al-Basrawi implored Muslims online to assassinate Letterman and “cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever.”
The threat came after Letterman, who is not Jewish, made some jokes about al Qaeda’s succession plans following the death of Osama bin Laden.
“So [al Qaeda] picked a successor to Osama bin Laden and his name was Ilyas Kashmiri,” Letterman said during his June 8 monologue. “Well, guess what, he was blown up by an American drone.” Letterman continued. “It wasn’t going to work anyways because they got off to a rocky start with this guy, he botched up the story of Paul Revere,” a reference to Sarah Palin’s misunderstanding of Paul Revere’s ride.
This isn’t the first time radical Islamists haven’t enjoyed American comedy. In April 2010, they issued threats against “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker for their plans to have an episode depicting Muhammad.
CBS representatives declined comment. Probably a good idea to pass on that.