Celebs defend new ‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah’s controversial tweets
A number of prominent comedians and celebrities rushed to the defense of The Daily Show‘s next host, Trevor Noah, after offensive tweets about women and Jews came to light.
Noah, whose mother is half-Jewish, called the tweets in question “a handful of jokes that didn’t land”:
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.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 31, 2015
While some, like Roseanne Barr, are criticizing Noah for his “sexist & anti semitic ‘humor’ about jewish women and Israel,” many others are defending the comedian — with Patton Oswalt being the most vehement among them.
In a 53-tweet diatribe, Oswalt gave a full accounting of all the possible offense a comedian could give for making a joke about butterflies, then signed off by writing:
(52/53) Welcome to comedy in 2015, @Trevornoah!
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 1, 2015
Others joined in his defense:
Judging @Trevornoah's entire career, character and talent based on a tiny sampling of tweets is like judging yours based on yours.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) April 1, 2015
Hey press: Corporate pollution. Mass incarceration. Animal abuse. These are things to be offended by. Not Trevor Noah's Twitter feed.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) April 1, 2015
Trevor Noah has not even begun "Daily Show" & already the long knives are out. Shouldn't Americans be more open/ receptive/ welcoming?
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) April 1, 2015
to be fair to trevor noah, all foreign comics are at least a decade behind us in what they think is funny. #fakeoutrage
— daniel tosh (@danieltosh) March 31, 2015
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi defended his future boss, calling the controversy “much ado about nothing.”
“There’s a reason why Jon Stewart stays off social media,” he said. “He also doesn’t need to be on social media. Here’s the thing: Once Trevor Noah takes the chair of The Daily Show, he’s going to have a huge platform to say all kinds of things that he wants to say. Jon Stewart actually said once, I don’t need to be on Twitter or Facebook because I’m on television four nights a week.”
As to the accusations of anti-Semitism made by Barr and others, Mandvi said, “once a month, we have Katz’s Deli deliver food for the show. If he cancels that, he’s anti-Semitic. If we don’t get the Katz’s deli, he hates Jews.”