Daily Show host Jon Stewart took a more optimistic tack on the news that New York City police were intentionally cutting down on arrests as part of a grudge against Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“A slowdown sounds so negative,” Stewart said on Thursday. “It’s really more of a public safety stay-cation, if you will. It explains the NYPD’s new motto: ‘To chill and reflect.'”
Stewart and correspondent Jason Jones, along with the “committee for a sh*ttier New York,” then invited viewers to visit the city, now that Jones could act like he was negotiating drug deals in full view of an officer without any hassle.
“Catch the spirit of the city’s old-world charm, and also some chlamydia,” Jones said over footage of himself wearing a cardboard box instead of pants and inviting a man to his one-man “peep show.”
The “new New York,” Jones said, opened up new business opportunities, like selling bootleg copies of Stewart’s movie, Rosewater, on the street.
“I tell you what — you buy American Sniper, I’ll give you two Rosewaters,” he told a prospective customer.
Stewart noted that police have cut down drastically on arrests for minor offenses following the fatal shootings of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos on Dec. 20, accusing de Blasio of disrespecting them.
But at the same time, he said, the “slowdown” happened just as the city is boasting an overall decrease in the crime rate.
“Burglary — down. Assault — down. Remember that giant ape, used to be on the skyscraper? Gone,” he explained. “The only thing we have to deal with now is the occasional koala ruckus, which is really one of the more adorable problems our city has.”
Watch Stewart and Jones’ take on the “new New York,” as posted online on Thursday, below.