Trevor Noah Has Been Jon Stewart’s Successor For Less Than A Day And He’s Already In Big Trouble
[Update April 1]: Overnight, Comedy Central released the following statement defending their new host:
“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.”
Though he reportedly deleted his first response to the controversy, Noah has echoed those thoughts via Twitter this morning.
Pretty quick tweet & delete from Trevor Noah pic.twitter.com/L2Yr8Dab74
— Anna Brand (@thebrandedgirl) March 31, 2015
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
It’s been less than 24 hours since Comedy Central announced that Daily Show correspondent Trevor Noah would be stepping up into Stewart’s job, and the internet has already done a full 180 on him.
After getting the initial distrust that comes when faced with someone who has two first names, pretty much everyone, including us, got behind the decision. The idea that anyone can be the new Jon Stewart is of course ridiculous, but is someone’s got to do it, why not Noah? His segments have been pretty great. His stand-up is funny. And hey, it’s kind of refreshing that he’s not another middle-aged white guy.
But now, people are feeling a little less positive. BuzzFeed editor Tom Gara started snooping around the comedian’s old Twitter feed this afternoon, and the results have been less than ideal:
And, while most of these are from around 2011 and 2012, the past year has shown much of the same:
While all this is probably about what you’d expect from a twenty-something fledgling comedian — Noah is now 31 — many think it might raise a few problems for the consistently feminist nature of the show.
And despite dealing with race relations consistently in his comedy — not to mention in his first segment with The Daily Show — some are finding his previous jokes about race a little less appealing.
Sad that some1 as ignorant as @TrevorNoah will host @TheDailyShow w/ comments like these. #Israel @StandWithUs pic.twitter.com/E5PlcMv7R3
— Dani Klein (@YeahThatsKosher) March 30, 2015
The guy seems to have a problem with Jews…. What's that called again? #DailyShow @Trevornoah pic.twitter.com/38HXohlUvc
— efredman (@efredman) March 31, 2015
All in all: everything’s a bit of a mess and no one quite knows how to feel. Some conservative commentators have been quick to call him out in an attempt to discredit the show itself; comedian Roseanne Barr came out against him, forthrightly calling him a prick; and Roxane Gay is questioning it all, asking if we’d be just as offended if this was a different white comic making shitty jokes.
Interesting that white comics make offensive jokes and are celebrated or tolerated but Trevor Noah well that's not acceptable.
— roxane gay (@rgay) March 31, 2015
Basically, the internet is doing it’s usual thing.
Check back in tomorrow morning when Noah makes his public statement and/or deletes all the evidence.
Pegging the over/under of when Trevor Noah deletes his Twitter account at 10 hours. Place your bets.
— Josh Spiegel (@mousterpiece) March 31, 2015
Feature image via Trevor Noah/Facebook.