Trevor Noah is Jon Stewart’s new replacement on “The Daily Show,” and the public is not too thrilled about that.
After announcing that he will be Jon Stewart’s successor, it didn’t take long for the South African comedian to be accused of antisemitism and sexism over his past jokes on Twitter. Noah, who is well-known internationally, has yet to make a household name for himself in the U.S. After only being in a few segments of “The Daily Show,” of course, the public’s curiosity lead them to his Twitter page. Americans found that most of Noah’s tweets/jokes were more offensive than funny. Here are some of his tweets throughout the years, and the backlash he has been receiving from the public:
Behind every successful Rap Billionaire is a double as rich Jewish man. #BeatsByDreidel
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) May 12, 2014
@Trevornoah just a tad stereotyped don't you think, borderline anti/Semitic
— steve-o (@sgreenbl) May 12, 2014
@Trevornoah this is racist crap – grow up. You also made cheap gay jokes at your London show, another disappointment. No longer a fan.
— James Murrell (@bluejames) May 12, 2014
— DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) March 31, 2015
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
Expressing their frustration with the comedian, some people even reached out to Comedy Central asking them to reconsider Noah as the new host.
— Ari David (@AriDavidUSA) March 31, 2015
Although most of social media wasn’t a fan of Noah’s jokes, a few others defended the new host by pointing out his cultural background. (He is the son of a half Jewish Xhosa mother and Swiss father).
— Miss Danita (@hybridchick) March 31, 2015
Americans complaining that Trevor Noah is racist and sexist because of his jokes/tweets. You guys know his a comedian right? #TrevorNoah
— Mohammed Ameen (@Minz789) March 31, 2015
And then there were people who expected a huge backlash of some sort:
Weird that Trevor Noah didn't do a quick twitter cleanup before getting the job.
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) March 31, 2015
Prediction: tomorrow will not be kind to @Trevornoah.
— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) March 31, 2015
Pegging the over/under of when Trevor Noah deletes his Twitter account at 10 hours. Place your bets.
— Josh Spiegel (@mousterpiece) March 31, 2015
Noah has yet to respond directly to the Twitter backlash, but according to MSNBC, the outspoken comedian tweeted to his followers:
Twitter does not have enough characters to respond to all the characters on Twitter,” he wrote in a recently deleted tweet.
In an interview with PEOPLE, Comedy Central presented a statement that defended Noah’s actions, and made it clear that the network will continue to support Noah despite the negative criticism he has been receiving on social media.
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.