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Jon Stewart Politely Addresses Idiotic Trevor Noah Tweet Controversy

Last week, Trevor Noah was announced as Jon Stewart’s successor to host The Daily Show. You may remember the ridiculous amount of so-called backlash that followed, involving some of Noah’s old jokes on Twitter. Stewart addressed this at the top of Monday’s edition of The Daily Show, after a week off.


Stewart’s statement is what any logical person would say: Give Noah a chance to fuck up in real life. “Trevor Noah will earn your trust and respect. Or not. Just as I earned your trust and respect. Or did not,” said Stewart. “It kind of just goes that way.”


Stewart also spread some Noah love, saying, “My experience with him is that he is an incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart individual. You give him that time and it’s going to be well worth it. I’m excited for where he’s going to take this thing.”

Oh, I bet it’ll be worth it. ;)

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You know, I take serious issue with the fact we are calling this idiotic. The jokes he wrote weren’t funny, and they were definitely antisemitic and weirdly misogynistic for literally no reason. It didn’t even improve the stupid, shitty jokes. Had he been, say, a Republican staffer who was making inappropriate comments and jokes about the First Daughters, we wouldn’t be saying it was idiotic, because it’s fucking not?

Do I think Trevor Noah should be fired? No. Do I think his non-apology was disingenuous bullshit? Yes I fucking do. Do I think he deserves to be criticized for these remarks? Absofuckinglutely. I would have had a lot more respect for him if he had come out and said, “Look, they were jokes that I made off the cusp, they weren’t funny and they targeted marginalized people for literally zero reason, and that’s something that I am working on as I grow as a comedian and will continue to try and improve.” Instead, we got some bullshit fake apology about how he shouldn’t be held accountable for the shit he says, and we are eating it up like candy because he’s handsome and happens to also be mixed. Being a minority doesn’t make you exempt from criticism, it doesn’t mean you can’t also disenfranchise other minorities, and it certainly shouldn’t give you a pass from being held responsible for the shit that comes out of your mouth or off your keyboard.