Comedy Central defends ‘Daily Show’ successor

Shortly after the network announced that Trevor Noah would take over as host of the program, people dug through his Twitter account and found jokes they said were sexist and anti-Semitic.

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:

Others drew suggestions that Noah is anti-Semitic:

The Anti-Defamation League even stepped in:

The tweets coming to light brought out defenders as well as critics, and armchair advisers, too:

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:

What do you think, PR Daily readers? Are the responses from Comedy Central and Noah adequate?

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