The South African comedian was officially announced as the new host of The Daily ShowMonday, but a quick perusal of his Twitter feed unearths some eyebrow-raising "jokes" about women and Jewish people that have many viewers calling for Comedy Central to fire him. Check out a few below:
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
South Africans know how to recycle like israel knows how to be peaceful.— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) June 2, 2010
"Oh yeah the weekend. People are gonna get drunk & think that I'm sexy!" - fat chicks everywhere.— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) October 14, 2011
A hot white woman with ass is like a unicorn. Even if you do see one, you'll probably never get to ride it.— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) November 28, 2011
The tweets go back several years, before Noah was hired as a contributor for The Daily Show last year. But, as we all know, anything on the Internet lives forever.
Comedy Central, meanwhile, is standing by its man and brushing off any allegations that Noah harbors anti-Semitic or misogynistic views. "Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included," the network said in a statement Tuesday. "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."
On Tuesday evening, Noah responded on Twitter, echoing the sentiments of Comedy Central.
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.— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 31, 2015
What do you think of Noah's previous tweets? And should Comedy Central reconsider its decision to hire him?
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