Video Shows Comedian Jim Jefferies Deceptively Edited Interview to Slander Jewish Guest

Australian comedian Jim Jefferies participates in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the television series, "The Jim Jefferies Show", at AOL Studios on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Recently published undercover footage from Jewish-Australian military veteran Avi Yemini shows popular comedian Jim Jefferies edited his interview in a misleading manner in order to paint his guest in a bad light.

Popular Australian comedian Jim Jefferies is best known for his many Netflix comedy specials or the time that he repeatedly screamed over British television host Piers Morgan as Morgan defended President Donald Trump. But lately, Jefferies has been using his new television show, the Jim Jefferies Show, to interview a number of individuals, many of whom are on the right — including Jewish-Australian military veteran Avi Yemini.

Before the interview began, Yemini set up his phone to record nearby in order to keep track of exactly what he said throughout the discussion. It turns out that this raw footage shows that the Jim Jefferies Show spliced many different questions and answers together to completely alter Yemini’s opinions.

Jefferies interviewed Yemini some months ago, but only published the video recently following the shooting at the Christchurch mosque in New Zealand. In fact, The Jefferies Show appears to imply that the interview took place after the shooting. Jefferies discusses many issues with Yemini, but mainly focuses on the topics of Islam and Australian migration laws.

A clip from the edited interview shows Jefferies asking Yemini: “What gives anyone the right to tell anyone where they can and can’t live?” The interview then cuts to Yemini stating: “When you import this culture what do you think is gonna happen? Australia is gonna end up the same shithole that they were escaping.” Of course, this interaction appears to portray Yemini as a staunch opponent of personal freedoms — except the clip shown by Jefferies is not what actually happened.

In the case of the first question that Yemini is asked by Jefferies: “What gives anyone the right to tell anyone where they can and can’t live?” Yemini actually replied: “Borders and government and…” Jefferies then cuts him off saying “I know borders but wouldn’t it be nice if we got to a place in society where we had our own… a utopia where we all just lived as one —  you may say that I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one.”

Yemini replied: “I think most people, most sensible people, would agree with you in theory but in practice, it goes against human nature it just doesn’t work.”

Later in the segment discussing Islam, Yemini discusses the issue of drawing a depiction of the Muslim prophet Mohammad which is prohibited by the religion. Jefferies jokes about this and draws a quick sketch of Mohammad on a clipboard, describing him as a “wobbly ghost,” despite Yemini’s warnings that doing so will offend many Muslims and that he has already received death threats over similar actions. Of course, this segment of Jefferies drawing Mohammad was not included in the final show.

Yemini claims to have more footage showing how Jefferies edited the interview to portray Yemini negatively, which he plans to publish in the coming days.

Breitbart News will follow this story if additional videos are published.

Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan or email him at lnolan@breitbart.com

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