To show you how important Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” was in the cultural Zeitgeist, the announcement of his replacement, the South African comedian Trevor Noah, made the front page of yesterday’s New York Times paper issue. I wish him well, for he’s got big shoes to fill.
That said, it’s not clear how friendly he’ll be to the likes of us, given these tw**ts forwarded by reader Chris (granted, they’re from four years ago):
And, just doing a random search, I found that the New York Times had just published another story on his controversial tw**ts, noting this:
Within hours of the announcement that he had been named the new host of “The Daily Show,” the comedian Trevor Noah was subjected to the full scrutiny of the Internet. As potential audience members scoured his past work and his social media for more clues about the South African comedian, they uncovered many posts on his Twitter account that they deemed to be offensive to women or Jews.
You can see some of those tw**ts at the Times link right above.
Well, I’m not going to vet him right now for that stuff, for what he’ll do on the show now, and what he says going forward is what’s important. And, after all, perhaps he’s just an equal-opportunity comedian who makes fun of everyone. Still, though, he’s taken the mickey out of religion, but no indication he’s made fun of faith. And the tw**ts above show not a soupçon of comedic intent. When so many young people watch this show to get not just news analysis, but news itself, it would be nice if they didn’t hire someone who osculates the rump of faith.