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Comedian and former ‘Daily Show’ host Jon Stewart is coming under increasing scrutiny following multiple instances of posting ‘super woke’ views in conversations about race on his Apple TV+ show “The Trouble with Jon Stewart”.
Critics have looked to two March episodes of Stewart’s show, one in which he accused British-American author Andrew Sullivan of sounding racist for criticizing “anti-white extremism”, and another where it was corrected by Sen. Cory Booker, DN.J. , after claiming that “white resentment” has led white people to feel upset over legislation to provide financial assistance to black farmers.
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The episode involving Stewart’s clash with Sullivan featured a panel of white individuals that included, in addition to Sullivan, La Salle University sociology professor Charles Gallagher and Lisa Bond of Race2Dinner, a far-left organization seeking the “dismantling of whiteness and white supremacy” through dinner conversations with white women.
During the episode, Sullivan claimed that claiming that American systems and institutions were based on white supremacy “minimizes real white supremacy” and that most Americans do not support the view of the existence of white supremacy. perpetual white supremacy.
He argued that because of this, “anti-white extremism” was “losing popular support”.
This led Bond to state that she did not come on the show “to argue with another white man” and that “every white person supports these white supremacist systems and structures”.
“If I could snap my fingers, I’d snap my fingers right now,” Stewart said, agreeing with Bond. Sullivan chimed in, arguing that by snapping his fingers, Stewart would agree with Bond that he was a racist.
“You did a good job yourself there,” Stewart said, as the audience laughed.
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The clash sparked a storm of criticism towards Stewart, as well as support for Sullivan.
Harmeet Dhillon, an Indian immigrant and former vice president of the Republican Party of California, appeared on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” to address the incident, accusing Stewart of engaging in “race swindling” and “demagoging people.” Whites”.
“It is not acceptable for Americans to indulge in this racial demagogy – in the workplace, on television, in reparations legislation or otherwise. It is divisive and un-American!” she tweeted after her appearance.
Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe blasted Stewart’s attempt to be funny at Sullivan’s expense.
“If Jon Stewart wants to hate himself because he’s white, go ahead. I’m happy to pile on too. He’s not funny and unoriginal. No one should have to apologize or feel guilty because of the color of his skin. We live in a clown world,” she told Fox News digital.
Author and columnist Niall Ferguson tweeted that Stewart was a “bad faith interviewer” and that a later Substack article written by Sullivan about his experience on the show “confirmed” his view that he “n ‘has never been a fan’ of the comedian on the left. .
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In his tweet, Ferguson included a link to Sullivan’s Substack, in which the latter criticized Stewart for how he was “ambushed” by conversation and panelists during his appearance on the show.
Sullivan wrote that he had been falsely led to believe by the show’s booker that he would appear alone with Stewart and that it would be a conversation about race rather than a debate in front of a live studio audience.
He went on to detail how Stewart used his “passionate anti-whiteness” to paint a narrative that all black people had the same opinions and all white people refused to listen to them, as well as that “white supremacy” was the only thing that could explain racial inequality today.
“How painfully and creaky does a comedian have to be awake to stay relevant?” Sullivan questioned.
In a later episode of his show called ‘Dismantling Racism is Patriotic’, Stewart sat down with Booker for a lengthy chat about race, but was corrected by the latter after claiming ‘white resentment’ was the cause. of court-blocking legislation aimed at providing financial assistance to black farmers.
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“It was stopped because of white resentment. White farmers felt like resources were being taken away from them and given to people who didn’t have them -” Stewart said before Booker cut him off. .
“No, no… When you say white farmers if I’m a white farmer listening to this in Iowa, I’m like, ‘Jon Stewart is calling me – Jon Stewart blames me for stopping Booker’s legislation.’ That’s not true,” Booker said.
Stewart doubled down, arguing that legal challenges to the legislation came from a “place of resentment” because someone of another race would receive support from the federal government while those who were white would not.
Critics have taken to social media to blast Stewart, with some accusing him of ‘seizing up on anti-white hate’, and others saying no farmer of any race is at fault. blame for the country’s political problems.
“What happened to Jon Stewart?” tweeted British journalist Paul Joseph Watson. “Has he realized that getting rid of anti-white hate is his only way to get back into the spotlight?”
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“Do you really hate the food or something? From South Africa to the United States, let’s just blame white farmers? Farmers of all races are the only group I can think of who don’t “Can’t fault any of our political issues. Purely productive people,” filmmaker and author Lauren Southern tweeted.
“Never thought I’d support Cory Booker, but here we are,” tweeted writer Ryan James Girdusky, while radio personality Grace Curley simply wrote, “Damn.”
Fox News’ Hanna Panreck contributed to this report.