April Fool! Trevor Noah goes from victim of right-wing racism to sexist pig in one day
My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
That’s not funny!
Just two days ago, after Comedy Central picked half-black/half-white South African comedian Trevor Noah to succeed Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, progressives were prophesying that racist, birther, dog whistle-blowing, guns ‘n’ religion-clinging wingnuts would soon be crawling out of the woodwork to try to destroy him:
“The tenor of conservative criticism of ‘The Daily Show’ is about to get very, very ugly. This country spent years embroiled in a debate over whether an American citizen who became the president was ‘really’ American; what are we going to do to Trevor Noah? Conservative critics have a practiced, doublespeaking method of piling on the heat on figures who stand out because of their race or gender or sexuality, while protesting that they are doing no such thing—whether their refrain is ‘ethics in game journalism’ or ‘long-form birth certificate.’
Oopsie-do! Yesterday the SJWs found out about some old tweets of Noah’s where he made some jokes about women instead of Hitler–and that was it as far as ‘standing for him’ went. The jokes specifically concerned plus-size women (‘fat-shaming!’) and Jewish women (even though Noah, like Lena Dunham, who’s also in hot water with the P.C. police over wisecracks about her people, is part Jewish himself).
Suddenly the reaction to Noah went from “I hope we can prove…that we deserve him” to “Eeeew–misogynist creep!”:
“[N]ot here for this sexist, objectifying, fat-shaming bullshit. this is why we need more female hosts, please.”
Posted by Charlotte Allen