UPDATE: Comedy Central has released a statement of support for Trevor Noah:
Like many comedians, 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
It's been less than 24 hours since Trevor Noah was named to replace departing "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, and the young South African comedian is already facing his first public flogging over questionable Twitter activity that some have dubbed "sexist," "racist," and "anti-Semitic."
"Does Jon Stewart’s Replacement, Trevor Noah, Have a Jewish Problem?" asks PJ Media, which unearthed tweets dating back to 2009, in which the now-31-year-old jokes about striking a "Jewish kid" with his "German car."
Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn't look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car!— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) September 18, 2009
More recently, in May of last year, Noah joked that "Behind every successful Rap Billionaire is a double as rich Jewish man." Another tweet drew a sexual comparison between soccer player Lionel Messi and "Jewish chicks."
Behind every successful Rap Billionaire is a double as rich Jewish man. #BeatsByDreidel— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) May 12, 2014
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
Noah has also been called out for several other tweets insensitive toward women:
"Oh yeah the weekend. People are gonna get drunk & think that I'm sexy!" - fat chicks everywhere.— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) October 14, 2011
I'm watching Olympic women's hockey. It's like lesbian porn. Without the porn. #InLove— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) July 31, 2012
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
While some have brushed off concerns about the comedian, referring to the tweets as "bad jokes," others have suggested his past remarks could present a problem.
For his part, Trevor took to Twitter early this morning to respond to his critics. "Twitter does not have enough characters to respond to all the characters on Twitter," he tweeted. However, unlike his previous outputs, this tweet was quickly deleted.
Pretty quick tweet & delete from Trevor Noah pic.twitter.com/L2Yr8Dab74— Anna Brand (@thebrandedgirl) March 31, 2015