Comedy Central Stands Behind Trevor Noah, New 'Daily Show' Host, Amid Scrutiny
Trevor Noah, the heir apparent to the Daily Show as of yesterday, is already in hot water over comments he once posted to Twitter.
The 31 year old South African comedian seemingly came out of nowhere, but he’s been somewhere, as several jokes he made on Twitter some time ago were unearthed, revealed, and then deleted.
The jokes could be construed to be anti-Semitic, misogynistic and fat-ist. More distressingly, they aren’t particularly funny.
On Tuesday, Noah responded to the backlash via Twitter, saying: “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.”
Noah’s fans and Comedy Central are standing behind him: the network says “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.” Maybe so, but kids, there are two lessons to take away from this: Twitter is forever, and be funny.