Less than a day after Comedy Central revealed Trevor Noah would replace Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show,” tweets from Noah's past have sparked a backlash online.
Noah, a relatively unknown 31-year-old comic from South Africa, has faced growing scrutiny after several posts on his account came under fire for jokes about women and Jewish people.
It didn't take long for Noah to respond with a tweet Tuesday afternoon.
Many people are questioning the TV network’s vetting process for the high profile position. The controversy has also brought up the age old debate of what topics are off limits to comedians.
But not everyone has been as critical with the young comedian, considering that many of the tweets in question were written years ago. The Atlantic writer James Hablin asks, “Most of these are old, from four to five years ago, so maybe it was just his racism/sexism/anti-Semitic phase?” The Huffington Post calls Noah’s Tweets disappointing, but points out, “If Twitter had existed when Stewart was a snappy, smoking, leather jacket-wearing comic in the '90s, he might have had some regrettable moments too.”
A piece on Slate didn’t find the tweets offensive, but simply unfunny.
This morning, Noah tweeted, “Twitter does not have enough characters to respond to all the characters on Twitter.” It has since been deleted.
Comedy Central issued a statement defending Noah:
To get a sense of what kind of comedy we might expect from Noah on the Daily Show, you can watch one of his appearances on that show here.