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Chill Out! Trevor Noah's Alleged 'Anti-Semitic' and 'Sexist' Tweets Aren't Fireable Offenses

March 31, 2015 in Blogs

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, AlterNet

Let's see how he does his new job, not overreact to jokes he tweeted five years ago!

So, Trevor Noah thumbed out a few tweets about Jewish people and women years ago that are making people so upset that they are calling for his job? Please. Get over yourselves, people.

I saw the tweets in question, which you can read at BuzzFeed, and I understand why some women and people in the Jewish community would be upset. People are arguing that they show he has questionable views about women and Jewish people. Maybe. Maybe not. But the calls for Comedy Central to rescind its offer to Noah to host The Daily Show because of those tweets smells of self-important arrogance and knee-jerk emotions that suggest that people are never allowed to make mistakes (If, in fact, you consider those tweets as mistakes—I don’t) and grow from them.

For starters, some may argue that some of the tweets that people are objecting to aren’t all that offensive, like the June 2, 2010 one that reads, “South Africa knows how to recycle like Israel knows how to be peaceful.” That strikes a lot of people as true, and not anti-Semitic, though it does criticizes both Israel, and South Africa. Accurately. Who hasn’t accused Israel of being a war-mongering bully against Palestine, by the way? Black people who have traveled to Israel have reported on the inequality that exists between Palestinians and Israelis and there a healthy number of critics who view Israel as an American-backed bully of Palestinians, so that tweet can hardly be considered anti-semitic.  And because that one tweet doesn’t provide enough context, I find it hard to believe that he hates Jewish people. I just don’t see it. But don't get me started about South Africa and recycling. (Gee, no one got upset about that part it it.)

Now, the one dated Jan. 25, 2012, where Noah tweets, “Messi gets the ball and the real players try to foul him, but Messi doesn’t go down easy, just like Jewish chicks” can be …read more


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