Jewish comedy fans had the same reaction Monday morning when it was announced that Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old South African standup comedian who is relatively unknown in the United States, will replace Jon Stewart as the next host of “The Daily Show”.
Amid all of the anticipation surrounding Noah’s surprise appointment, Jews are already keenly interested in his views on the hot-button political topic of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
Yesterday, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency was the first media outlet to notice a disturbing tweet from Comedy Central’s new hire Trevor Noah:
South Africans know how to recycle like israel knows how to be peaceful.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) June 2, 2010
Late this evening, author and former Conservative MP Louise Mensch found several more:
Behind every successful Rap Billionaire is a double as rich Jewish man. #BeatsByDreidel
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) May 7, 2012
Xbox and Playstation players are like Jews and Muslims. They are so similar but they hate each other so much!
– Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) May 7, 2012
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) Sep 18, 2009
JTA found a photograph from Noah’s Facebook page, which appears to show Noah as having been present at an anti-Israel rally in front of the White House.
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David Steinberg says Comedy Central has a PR problem after tweets surface from their “bold” choice.
He says Comedy Central will say they have nothing invested in Noah after they review the “Jewish chicks” tweet, “And of course, other examples are sure to appear in the next few hours.”
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) Jan 26, 2012