John McCain compares Ahmadinejad to monkey in joking tweet

In a controversial tweet meant to be a joke, Republican Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has compared Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey.

The Senator immediately followed up with a tweet asking people to “… lighten up, folks, can’t everyone take a joke?” But at that point, it was too late.

Alex Kantrowitz of Forbes.com took issue with the joke, writing that McCain took the “low road.” But “Newsweek”/Daily Beast cultural news editor and frequent Fox News “RedEye” guest Michael C. Moynihan pointed out the hypocrisy of condemning McCain’s joke:

Moynihan’s tweet includes a link to several Google images of illustrations depicting former President George W. Bush as a monkey.

Are Twitter users overly sensitive or cautiously respectful of world leaders? Whether you agree that it was a light-hearted joke or a serious misstep, there’s no denying that the former Republican presidential nominee’s brand of comedy isn’t universally accepted.

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  1. Might have been an innocent joke on McCain’s part. Like those inappropriate our grandfathers and crazy old uncles make at the worst times ever.

  2. Sofie says:

    Let’s think of how racist Ahmadinejad is against Israel or have they forgotten his UN speeches? I guess I didn’t realize it was okay to defend such an evil man. These people defending Ahmadinejad should really look into what he does to his people and realize there are a lot worse things that could have been said about him.