Posted by Angela Ufheil
Many “Daily Show” fans grieved when Jon Stewart announced his retirement. Now, they are voicing another dramatic emotion – anger. Comedy Central presented Trevor Noah as the new host in a recent press release. Noah is a South African comedian who has appeared on the “Daily Show” three times since 2014.
But it was not Noah’s inexperience that angered people. Several tweets from last year ignited the fire within Daily Show fans. A Buzzfeed article compiles the now-infamous tweets, which include jokes about women and Jewish people that many feel are sexist and anti-Semitic.
Others argue that the biggest problem with the tweets was that they were not funny. Either way, some people defended Noah, but others asked Comedy Central to find a different host.
Noah will apparently keep his new job. “Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” Comedy Central said in an Entertainment Weekly article. “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.”
Jon Stewart asked that viewers give Noah a chance to earn their trust. Buzzfeed includes video from last night’s “Daily Show.”
I have several questions about this issue. First of all, do we think Comedy Central made the right decision? Do we agree that a comedian should not be judged by a few off-color jokes?
Also, what do we think about journalists picking up this story? Was too much attention given to a few dumb tweets? Or does it make sense for us to be picky about the next host of the “Daily Show?”