‘DAILY SHOW’ REPLACEMENT HOST FACES BACKLASH OVER OLD TWEETS
It’s only been a couple of days since Trevor Noah was announced as the new host of The Daily Show but he’s already in hot water. The 31-year-old is being called out on social media over some offensive tweets he has posted over the years targeting Jews and women.
The tweets were written between 2008 and 2014. He even tweeted about Bruce Jenner’s transition last month writing, “Looking at how successful all the Kardashian women are, I don’t blame Bruce Jenner at all.” Trevor responded to the backlash on Twitter writing, “To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian.”
- Comedy Central also defended Trevor in a statement on Tuesday (March 31st) saying, “Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included. To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central.”
- One blogger wrote on the Daily Caller, “Many young people don’t watch ‘The Daily Show’ just to laugh — they watch the show to get their news. The show shapes perceptions.”
- Author Roxane Gay came to Trevor’s defense by tweeting, “I’m not saying his old tweets are ok but I hope you are crawling through the tweets of a range of comedians. The results will be interesting.”
Are these tweets offensive to you?