Jon Stewart is the last television icon we’d expect to face backlash on claims of racism. It seems though that a number of viewers online are taking issue with a resurfaced monologue which took place on the comedian’s Apple+ show.
Back in March of 2022, Stewart’s show released an episode titled ‘The Problem With White People’. According to the show, the episode noted that the aim of the monologue was to introduce the idea that “white people that need to confront their role in perpetuating white supremacy”.
It seems though that a fair few on Twitter are now taking issue with the episode, particularly in the context of the episode name.
Backlash gone unnoticed?
Much of the backlash surrounding Stewart’s monologue has clearly gone unnoticed. A YouTube clip of the segment was faced with heavy criticism shortly after it was published.
“Does anyone else find it extremely disturbing how coordinated politicians and mainstream media are on the use of phrases and buzzwords?” a top comment on YouTube read.
A number of popular US conservative commentators also responded to the monologue at the time. Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report slammed the segment as “anti-white”, claiming Stewart’s rhetoric would “only create racial resentment”.
Nevertheless, Stewart’s Apple+ show is widely popular and continues to draw millions – he’s hardly at the tipping point of being cancelled. Although of course, Stewart will have to put up with a sizeable fraction taking issue with his obvious lean to leftwing ideologies. The comedian has never been a shy wolf in the political arena and his race monologue is a clear example.
Stewart is still a late-night favourite
Remember, Stewart’s still so popular, CNN+ were reportedly considering a role for him on the network as a comedy anchor. At this moment in time, Maher seems to have been the choice with his Overtime segments now airing on the news network.
It was also only last year when there were calls on Twitter for Jon Stewart to take over Maher’s job on Real Time.
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