NEW YORK (AP) — A day after Trevor Noah was named the new host of "The Daily Show," complete with the blessing of the exiting Jon Stewart, graphic tweets targeting women, Jews and Ebola virus victims are causing a social media backlash.
By Hiesday, Trevor Noah was a trending topic on TXvitter as he drew fire for jokes described as tasteless, hateful — and unfunny. Roseanne Barr was among those calling out the 31-year-old South African comic, who has an international following and 2 million Twitter followers.
In 2009 he wrote, "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!"
A 2012 post derides "jewish chicks." A 2011 post jokes about "a hot white woman."
When a fan tweeted an invitation in 2014 to visit Texas, Noah replied, "But you've already got Ebola?"
He also slammed part of the U.S. in a 2013 tweet: "When flying over the middle of America the turbulence is so bad. It's like all the ignorance is rising through the air."
Comedy Cental defended Noah as a "provocative" comedian who "spares no one, himself included."
"To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair," said the network, adding that he has "a bright future at Comedy Central."