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Trevor Noah says his controversial old Twitter jokes were ‘stupid’

23 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Edgy Noah interview cuts straight to it.

As we get closer and closer to Jon Stewart’s departure from The Daily Show, we are starting to learn a little more about Trevor Noah, his soon-to-be replacement. Comedian Trevor Noah thinks he was an “idiot” when he made controversial jokes about women several years ago, the incoming Daily Show host told GQ for a profile published this week. “You show me half my jokes from even two years ago, three years ago—I hate them,” he said. “Because you see, like, a young version of yourself.

The South African comic, who finally moved to New York City just last week, stopped by The Tonight Show and Jimmy Fallon had a lot of questions for him. The comedian has already been the subject of controversy when some of his old tweets were unearthed sporting jokes that some found sexist and anti-semitic. Noah describes his mixed-race upbringing (“his birth was evidence of a crime,” writes Baron), and the heart-wrenching day his mother was shot by an abusive partner. “I have a very vague picture of the show right now. So there you have it: if you’re looking to get your foot in the door in comedy and quickly rise through the ranks to take over as the host of one of the most influential television shows ever, just hang out with drunk people.

That makes no sense.’ Or, ‘That’s just stupid.’ Or, ‘Ahh, I can’t believe I said that about a woman.’” Noah came under fire earlier this year for tweets from several years back that made light of overweight women and joked about Israel. It’s the same way, when Fallon took over from Leno, it’s still The Tonight Show.” “A guy doesn’t leave and another guy comes in and there’s no backlash. When Michael B Jordan got cast as the new Human Torch in Fantastic Four, there was backlash, because they were like, ‘How can this fictional character be a black man?’“ Talking about why his Tonight With Trevor Noah talk show only lasted two years, he said: “You go, ‘Wow, we’ve interviewed all twenty-six people who are famous enough right now, and there’s literally no one else’.“ Has a comment offended you? Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles.

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