Before April Fools’ Day even got here, someone was getting into major trouble over some online jokes.
That someone is Trevor Noah, the 31-year-old South African comedian that Comedy Central named Monday as Jon Stewart’s successor on “The Daily Show.” Less than a day after the announcement, Twitter users found some questionable jokes in Noah’s timeline.
This one led to claims of sexism:
“Oh yeah the weekend. People are gonna get drunk & think that I’m sexy!” – fat chicks everywhere.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) October 14, 2011
Others drew suggestions that Noah is anti-Semitic:
— efredman (@efredman) March 31, 2015
The Anti-Defamation League even stepped in:
— ADL News (@ADL_News) March 31, 2015
The tweets coming to light brought out defenders as well as critics, and armchair advisers, too:
Weird that Trevor Noah didn’t do a quick twitter cleanup before getting the job.
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) March 31, 2015
For its part, Comedy Central is sticking by its new host, offering this statement Tuesday:
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.
Noah himself tweeted a similar message:
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, PR Daily readers? Are the responses from Comedy Central and Noah adequate?