Trevor Noah Addresses Controversial Tweets Unearthed After ‘Daily Show’ Announcement
Trevor Noah, who has been tapped to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, took to Twitter Tuesday to address the series of jokes he made on the social media site for which he’s been taken to task.
Trevor Noah Controversy
Noah, echoing the sentiments of comedians who’ve been rallying behind him, noted that the jokes were admittedly not successful and that they’re not indicative of who he is as a person or as a comedian. “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 wrote.
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
The Daily Show heir apparent also retweeted some messages of support he’s received from big names in the industry – including Seth MacFarlane and Patton Oswalt.
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
(52/53) Welcome to comedy in 2015, @Trevornoah!
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 1, 2015
In light of the uproar caused Noah’s tweets, Comedy Central released a statement to show that the network still fully supports the young comic.
“Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” read the network’s statement. “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.”
Among the jokes that have caused Noah some early backlash are ones about Jewish people, women and Bruce Jenner.
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!
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) September 18, 2009
“Oh yeah the weekend. People are gonna get drunk & think that I’m sexy!” – fat chicks everywhere.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) October 14, 2011
Looking at how successful all the Kardashian women are, I don’t blame Bruce Jenner at all. — Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) February 5, 2015
Noah will replace Stewart on The Daily Show sometime later this year.