Because we live in a time where every cringeworthy moment of our lives will live on forever thanks to the internet (example: that SANS FARDS picture of Katy Perry, a video of myself deep-throating a Choco Taco that won’t disappear no matter how hard I pray), it was only a matter of time before someone found something dirty on the new host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah. The New York Times says that shortly after he was named Jon Stewart’s successor yesterday, people who had no idea who Trevor Noah was decided to get a better idea of the new Daily Show host by reading some of his stuff on Twitter. Unfortunately, some of his tweets were not met with LOLs, and now people are pissed.
Most of them are from when he first started tweeting back in 2009, so of course they’re as regrettable as you can expect from a not-yet-famous person would be:
Mediaite has a comprehensive list of his most offensive tweets, and for some reason he comes pretty hard for Jews and women. Trevor Noah is from South Africa, so my first instinct was that maybe it’s a cultural/lost in translation sort of thing? But then I remembered that I have two friends from South Africa, and they’ve never said anything about Jews or women that made me nervously tug at my collar before pulling them aside and suggesting they might want to consider never saying that shit again. So I don’t even know.
But the NYT claims some people do even know, and they’re swatting at Comedy Central for not doing their homework on Trevor Noah. Comedy Central has yet to release a statement about this mess, whereas Trevor Noah addressed it by tweeting (then later deleting) “Twitter does not have enough characters to respond to all the characters on Twitter.”
If we can learn anything from this situation, it’s that if you ever think you want to be a famous person, never EVER sign up for a Twitter account. The dumb shit you say on Twitter will always come back to haunt you!
UPDATE: The New York Times’ David Itzkoff tweeted a statement he received from Comedy Central regarding all this, and their thoughts are as follows:
“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. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central.“