3 August 2011 Jon Stewart reacts incredulously to the Daily Show's British ban "I've seen the s*** you air on Channel 4," says the comedian. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up And so the serpent of news eats its own tail. On Monday's Daily Show, the host, Jon Stewart, reacted to the fact that Britain couldn't show a recent episode of the Daily Show. As Stewart points out, Channel 4 can show live autopsies, oversexed teenagers and Gillian McKeith's toilet talk but can't screen footage of the Commons in a satirical context -- even when our parliament is being praised. By contrast, the other 84 countries that show the Daily Show Global Edition -- "including such free speech havens as, I don't know, Chad, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen" -- could air the clip. Is our parliament, Stewart asked, "too fragile to withstand a gentle parody, a good-natured kick to the clotted creams?" He adds: "Here's the thing. I've seen the shit you air on Channel 4. It's basically a non-stop suck-and-f*** fest of teenage shagging, gay orgies and live autopsies and, of course, this lady . . ." At this point, he cuts to McKeith telling a victim, "If you switch to fresh fruit, vegetables, legumes . . . you will produce completely different poo. A poo that is aromatic." You can watch the video of the segment on Mediaite and the original blog on the ruling (featured on the show) is here. There's also a discussion of the subject on the Today programme here and Graham Linehan, who set the whole story going, did a whizzy Storify rendition of it here. PS. Has anyone actually seen that horrifying sausage advert on television? Thankfully, I haven't. You can follow Helen on Twitter: @helenlewis. › The UK isn't a "safe haven", it's just stagnant Helen Lewis is a former deputy editor of the New Statesman, who is now a staff writer on the Atlantic. Her history of feminism, Difficult Women, will be published in February 2020. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!