Jon Stewart, comedian and host of Comedy Central's satirical news program "The Daily Show," announced on Sept. 16 that he was planning to hold a Rally to Restore Sanity. Immediately after, Stephen Colbert, comedian and host of Comedy Central's "Colbert Report," announced that he was planning to hold a March to Keep Fear Alive.
Both are in response to two other rallies held on the same day. Glenn Beck held his Restoring Honor Rally, while Al Sharpton countered with his march to Reclaim the Dream. Stewart's and Colbert's rallies are satirical plays on Beck's and Sharpton's.
The rallies are scheduled for Saturday in Washington D.C. They come at an interesting time, with midterm elections right around the corner. Some politicians — specifically Democrats — worry that the satirical rallies will affect the election and encourage voters to abandon loyalties to Democrats.
Others look forward to the rallies with anticipation. The movement has spawned several local versions of the rally and Oprah plans to send people to D.C. for the weekend.
What do you think? Are the rallies entertainment or political?