Trevor Noah was only unveiled as the new host of "The Daily Show" on Monday. But he nevertheless found himself at the centre of a controversy on Tuesday.
Noah, a comedian and political satirist who was born in South Africa who is also the son of a half-Jewish mother, is being roundly criticized for past tweets that have drawn accusations of anti-Semitism and sexism.
UPDATE: 3:25 p.m. -- Comedy Central is standing behind Noah, saying that, "To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair."
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
Messi gets the ball and the real players try foul him, but Messi doesn't go down easy, just like jewish chicks. #ElClasico— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) January 25, 2012
I'm watching Olympic women's hockey. It's like lesbian porn. Without the porn. #InLove— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) July 31, 2012
Behind every successful Rap Billionaire is a double as rich Jewish man. #BeatsByDreidel— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) May 12, 2014
Looking at how successful all the Kardashian women are, I don't blame Bruce Jenner at all.— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) February 5, 2015
Criticism of these past tweets came from numerous users, including comedian Roseanne Barr.
You shouldn't make sexist tweets, Trevor Noah. Also, if you're white and a dude: don't add your opinion on this. No need. Thanks.— Da7e Gonzales (@Da7e) March 31, 2015
Although other people defended him, including users who said his critics don't understand South African comedy.
Evidence that the world will never understand South African humour http://t.co/SVZePaKpgL— Reese Withoutaspoon (@Reesiebabygirl) March 31, 2015
Americans complaining that Trevor Noah is racist and sexist because of his jokes/tweets. You guys know his a comedian right? #TrevorNoah— Mohammed Ameen (@Minz789) March 31, 2015
Noah addressed his form of comedy back in 2012 and talked about why it's important to shed light on controversial topics, such as apartheid.
Some people like comedy until you make them think. You laugh at Zuma jokes but can't laugh at apartheid jokes? #voetsek— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) October 31, 2012
@Trevornoah I get worried when young South Africans are still caught up on Apartheid. We weren't even there.....— Mrs Clarke (@EmyDiesel) October 31, 2012
@EmyDiesel so young Jews shouldn't get caught up in the holocaust? It's up to the youth to fix the past.— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) October 31, 2012
Noah seemed to reference the controversy around his tweets on Tuesday, tweeting, "Twitter does not have enough characters to respond to all the characters on Twitter," but the post was later deleted, said The Hollywood Reporter.
No other tweets on his timeline appeared to address his previous posts as of Tuesday afternoon.
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