‘DAILY SHOW’ REPLACEMENT HOST FACES BACKLASH OVER OLD TWEETS

April 1, 2015

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.

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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?

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