Yesha Callahan

Comedy Central Defends Trevor Noah After Tweet Backlash

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Trevor Noah, the newly announced host of “The Daily Show,” had some tweets, some from over 6 years ago, come back to haunt him. The tweets in question were deemed anti-semitic by some, as well as sexist.

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.”

He also slammed the United States in a 2013 tweet, writing that “When flying over the middle of America the turbulence is so bad. It’s like all the ignorance is rising through the air.”

Noah defended his tweets yesterday and stated they did not reflect his character.

Comedy Central also came to their rising star’s defense. They called Noah a “provocative” comedian who “spares no one, himself included.”

“To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair,” the network said in a statement, adding that he has “a bright future at Comedy Central.”

Ironically, Noah has also faced a lot of criticism from people who just find him not funny, but not offensive.

Clutchettes, do you think Trevor Noah’s tweets were offensive?

  1. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    First of all, I think someone dug up all these past tweets in order to start mess. It’s funny how when a comedian makes a joke, everyone writes it off, especially if it’s a joke about someone Black. “Oh, he/she’s a comedian. Don’t be so sensitive.”

    However, if the jokes are about certain other groups, people wanna cry foul. I say keep on stepping, Trevor. Someone’s gonna always start mess when you are on the come-up.

    BTW, I think Trevor is extremely funny (funnier than that clown, Kevin Hart), and no, I do not think the tweets were offensive. Compared to some other junk I’ve heard from comedians, these tweets are mild.

    • April 1, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      How quickly they went after him…

      • April 1, 2015 - Reply

        @elsay

        elsay, I know. It was only a matter of time.

        • April 1, 2015 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          Good Afternoon Sister.

          We all know that he would experience massive scrutiny.

          • April 3, 2015 - Reply

            @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

            We were counting down, weren’t we, truth.

            • April 3, 2015 - Reply

              @noirluv45

              Yes we are.

              Hello Sister. How are you doing today?

              • April 4, 2015 - Reply

                @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                Hi! I know I’m late, but I’m doing well. How are you, truth!

                • April 4, 2015 - Reply

                  @noirluv45

                  I’m doing great Sister. Spring is finally here after a cold ole Winter. LOL.

                  I’m learning more everyday like we all are.

    • April 1, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      Yep. The same people who said those offensive emails from the Ferguson PD were ‘just jokes’ are the ones complaining now.

      • April 3, 2015 - Reply

        @PurpNGold1

        Exactly.

    • April 1, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      true, over the last 6 or 7 years Americans have started looking for a reason to fire or lock up everyone who they perceive missteps at the least, we are now living in a prosecutorial society and everybody is looking to be offended.

      • April 3, 2015 - Reply

        @TheBurningBush

        Exactly, TBB.

    • April 2, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      Agreed, that didn’t take long.

      • April 3, 2015 - Reply

        @Eduardo

        It sure didn’t, Eduardo.

  2. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    Eh I dont think he’s funny sounds like dudebro humor. I don’t watch john Stewart often so I don’t care. I love Jessica though.

    • April 1, 2015 - Reply

      @Anonin

      Have you watched his stand-ups? He’s hilarious.

      • April 1, 2015 - Reply

        @elsay

        I’ve read the tweets they were talking about (clutch doesnt show them all)and if his stand up is anything like that….

        • April 1, 2015 - Reply

          @Anonin

          It’s not like that. You should definitely check out his performances. He’s extremely talented.

        • April 1, 2015 - Reply

          @Anonin

          Yeah. Even he said they didn’t land. I think he was just beginning. Like elsay said, check him out on youtube to get a better feel for his comedy.

    • April 2, 2015 - Reply

      @Anonin

      I discovered him <2 yrs ago on Youtube and was hooked. He is really good. Watch his stand up and see, especially those he did in S/Afr. He's being put through the fire fast and hopefully he comes out unscathed. It's a learning curve for him.

  3. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    Not a fan of those tweets, I must say. Don’t find them funny the least. I have seen him with Jon Stewart and he is funny when just the 2 of them. I think a witty black woman should have gotten the spot but we will see how this pans out.

  4. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    Looks like Jessica Williams may have dodged a bullet…

    I’m eh about these jokes…I didn’t find them funny but honestly didn’t comprehend them well enough to find them offensive either– that doesn’t mean that they weren’t offensive however. I wish Clutch would’ve posted screenshots or links of the tweets they were referring to so I can make a better call. I really can’t come to much of a conclusion based on this piece.

  5. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    I have said it on some other sites already, but the man has to go through a learning curve for American humor. The Tweets they dug are pretty old. Now that he has been working here for a few years, I doubt if his jokes would still be of that nature.

  6. April 1, 2015 - Reply

    It’s common in everyday society for some to delve into the tweets of famous people or a person who will take over as the host of the Comedy Central show. We live in a social media saturated world and that is the way it is in 2015.

    I’m not a fan of those tweets. I know what those tweets mean. I do believe that comedians and people in general can evolve. While, I don’t agree with those tweets, I will not judge his entire career based on them. He is a different man in 2015 than he was in 2009. Reasonable human beings can grow and Trevor Noah has no other choice, but to keep on moving forward as a human being.

  7. April 2, 2015 - Reply

    I admit, some jokes might have been “off”, given the PC culture of America. Then again, he’s a comic and they usually say crazy things. I remember the first time I heard Lisa Lampanelli, I was horrified and I thought lawsuits would start coming in, but it was taken all in good jest soooo…Proud of the opportunity given to my African brotha, though!

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