A day after Trevor Noah was declared the new host of “The Daily Show,” complete with the blessing of the exiting Jon Stewart, graphic tweets targeting women, Jews and victims of the Ebola virus are causing a social media backlash.
By Tuesday, Trevor Noah was a trending topic on Twitter as he drew fire for jokes described as tasteless, hateful – and unfunny.
Roseanne Barr was among those calling out the 31-year-old South African comic, who has an international following and two million Twitter followers.
“U should cease sexist & anti semitic ‘humor’ about jewish women & Israel,” she tweeted late Monday.
Noah’s controversial tweets were posted between 2009 and 2014.
In 2009 he wrote, “Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn’t look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car!”
A 2012 post derides “jewish chicks.” Another one from 2011 jokes about “a hot white woman.”
In a post from 2011, he writes, “Oh yeah the weekend. People are gonna get drunk & think that I’m sexy!” He attributes the joke to “fat chicks everywhere.”
When a fan tweeted him last fall with a request to come to Texas, Noah replied, “But you’ve already got Ebola?”
Comedy Central did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
However, Conservative commentator David Frum, anticipating the network’s response to the uproar, tweeted, “Daily Show method: entrap & edit targets to look stupid & bigoted. But for Trevornoah (who edited himself) they’ll urge context & nuance”
The tweets showed a different side to Noah than the picture painted by Comedy Central and the comedian himself just a day earlier: In a phone interview on Monday from Dubai, where Noah was traveling on a comedy tour, he likened himself to the New York-born Stewart, saying, “One thing we both share: We are both progressives.” He added, “traveling the world I’ve learned that progressives, regardless of their locations, think in a global space.”.. see more