On Monday's Daily Show, Jon Stewart jokingly introduced a new segment: "What Picture Is Upsetting the Middle East This Week?" Instead of discussing Charlie Hebdo's satirical cartoons, the segment focused on a selfie between Israel and Lebanon at the Miss Universe competition that apparently carries major political ramifications.
"What is the problem?" asks Stewart. "It's not even co-ed."
Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, is being criticized at home for appearing in the same frame as the glowing representative of her country's No. 1 enemy, Israel. Greige declared her innocence, claiming she was "photobombed" by Israel.
"Does everything that happens between Middle East countries have to be a bombing?" Stewart says. "In the overall area of that photo, she's only taking up a very narrow strip at the edge. I mean what do you want to do? Push her back to, say, pre-1967 photo borders?"
Donald Trump, the pageant's owner, even condemned the international uproar, calling it "very sad." Stewart, in a rare turn, had to agree with Trump.
After all, it's just a competition, he says: "It's the one chance in the whole year when all nations can put aside their differences, come together in Miami and as one treat women like expensive food instead human beings."