ADL BLASTS JON STEWART’S REPLACEMENT EVEN BEFORE THE SHOW AIRS

Comedy Central stands by Jon Stewart’s replacement Trevor Noah as rightwing sites suggest he has a “Jewish problem.” The real problem is that he is likely to be critical of Israeli militarism.

Since his appointment was announced Monday by Comedy Central, Noah has come under fire for past tweets about Jews and Israel, including one from 2010 that read “South Africans know how to recycle like Israel knows how to be peaceful.”

As I always say; ‘If the sandal fits, wear it!’

Trevor Noah Blasted by Jewish Groups for Tweets

ADL and Bnai Brith Want Jon Stewart Successor To Avoid Targeting Jews

By JTA

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Two Jewish groups expressed their concerns over past social media posts by Trevor Noah, the choice to succeed Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show.”

The Anti-Defamation League and B’nai B’rith issued statements urging Noah, a South African standup comedian, to avoid making distasteful jokes about Jewish stereotypes on “The Daily Show.”

Since his appointment was announced Monday by Comedy Central, Noah has come under fire for past tweets about Jews and Israel, including one from 2010 that read “South Africans know how to recycle like Israel knows how to be peaceful.”

In 2012, he tweeted that “Messi gets the ball and the real players try foul him [sic], but Messi doesn’t go down easy, just like jewish[sic] chicks.”

“B’nai B’rith is concerned about the long history of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and misogynistic tweets by the new choice to host the popular comedy program, The Daily Show,” the organization said in a statement issued Tuesday. “We recognize that the platform The Daily Show provides its host is different from the stand-up comedy circuit, and we are hopeful that Noah will use this new and larger role responsibly on complex, sensitive issues.

“Entertainment cannot justify promoting hate and misinformation — and no group, including Israelis and Jews, should be considered fair game for bigotry.”

Noah, 31, who has over 2 million Twitter followers, was a surprise selection for “The Daily Show” post, as is he relatively unknown in the United States. He is a star in South Africa, where he has filmed four standup specials.

Noah made three appearances as a correspondent on “The Daily Show” since December before being named host.

In a statement, ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said that he hopes that “The Daily Show” remains “funny and irreverent without trafficking in bigoted jokes at the expense of Jews.”

“We welcome Trevor Noah to his new endeavor at ‘The Daily Show’ and wish him success. We need humor — perhaps now more than ever — and we hope that he will build on Jon Stewart’s great legacy,” Foxman said.

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Some Twitter users, including American comedian Roseanne Barr, criticized Noah for being “sexist” and using anti-Semitic humor.

New Daily Show host defends anti-Semitic jokes after backlash

‘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,’ says Trevor Noah.

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Noah, the son of a black South African mother and a Swiss father, uses his mixed race in his comedy routine and came under fire for jokes he posted on Twitter. NEW YORK – Trevor Noah, the newly announced successor to Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s late-night news parody “The Daily Show,” defended himself against a backlash arising from past comments he made about Jews and women.

“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,” the South African comedian said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Noah, the son of a black South African mother and a Swiss father, uses his mixed race in his comedy routine and came under fire for jokes he posted on Twitter.

Viacom Inc-owned Comedy Central also came to Noah’s defense, saying the 31-year-old is “a talented comedian with a bright future” at the network.

“Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” the network said in a statement. “To judge him or his comedy on a handful of jokes is unfair.”

Among the jibes being criticized was a 2009 tweet in which Noah said, “Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn’t look b4 crossing but I still would have felt so bad in my german car!”

In another, he compared England’s Manchester United football team to a white girl: “Heavy upfront but lacking in the back.”

Noah’s tweets prompted comments questioning how wise a choice he is to succeed Stewart on “The Daily Show,” which averages slightly more than one million viewers each night.

Some Twitter users, including American comedian Roseanne Barr, criticized Noah for being “sexist” and using anti-Semitic humor.

4 Comments

  1. DDearborn said,

    April 1, 2015 at 13:54

    Hmmm

    The greatest fear of every Israeli supporter—–THE TRUTH!

  2. DDearborn said,

    April 1, 2015 at 13:55

    Hmmm

    The second biggest fear of all Israeli supporters—–free speech

  3. ewingsc said,

    April 2, 2015 at 01:05

    Hmmm

    The third biggest fear of all israeli supporters – is people liking people who don’t like israeli policies.

  4. charlyn said,

    April 5, 2015 at 20:47

    If Isreal believes they are chosen people via/ God…..then God’s in big trouble too!


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