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The Trevor Noah controversy: When comedy offends




THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4177 -- Pictured: Comedian Trevor Noah performs on January 6, 2012 -- The South African comedian recently found himself in hot water over past tweets. Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4177 -- Pictured: Comedian Trevor Noah performs on January 6, 2012 -- The South African comedian recently found himself in hot water over past tweets. Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
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The new host of the Daily Show has some Twitter skeletons in his closet. Should comedians be given a pass when it comes to offensive stereotypes?

Less than one day after Comedy Central announced 31-year-old Trevor Noah will replace John Stewart as host of The Daily show, some old tweets by the South African comedian have landed him in hot water.

In the hours following the announcement, internet sleuths uncovered a series of off-color jokes tweeted by Noah that could be considered offensive to Jews and women:

https://twitter.com/Trevornoah/status/4081446354

https://twitter.com/Trevornoah/status/162296270684295168

https://twitter.com/Trevornoah/status/281753454278483969

Comedy Central released a statement declaring their continued support for Noah Tuesday afternoon:

“Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” the network said in its statement. It continued: “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 also tweeted a response to critics:

https://twitter.com/Trevornoah/status/583019964556152832

Comedians Alonzo Boden, Maz Jobrani and Kristina Wong joined Alex Cohen today to talk about when a joke stops pushing boundaries and starts being offensive.



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