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New ‘Daily Show’ host’s ‘anti-Semitic’ tweets spark outrage

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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.” 

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.”

Noah has also been called out for several other tweets insensitive toward women:

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.

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