My jaw dropped the other night while watching The Colbert Report when I saw a joke showing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad endorsing Streit's Matzos. Udi's Granola has been using a ringing “endorsement” by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in advertisements in Jewish magazine HEEB since 2007. The ad features a photoshopped picture of the Holocaust denier eating a delicious bowl of Udi’s Granola under text reading: "Israeli-born Udi Baron makes a granola so delicious, nobody can say no."
Last week, Comedy Central’s popular The Colbert Report featured a joke in which Ahmadinejad endorsed Streit’s Matzos, exclaiming "Even I can’t deny it’s delicious!"
Coincidence? We think not.
That’s because last summer, just before the Democratic
National Convention rolled into town, Stephen Colbert called us Denver
HEEB couldn’t let the similarity slide, calling it “uncanny” in a blog posting on Wednesday, March 18. Click here to see the full text:
Udi’s Granola just had to respond.
So “Granola Tycoon” (that's me!) - posted this response on The Colbert Nation forum, officially putting Stephen Colbert “on notice” to fess up to borrowing the idea:
Will the show respond? Stay tuned! In the meantime, take a look at the two ads side by side and you be the judge.