Patton Oswalt Issues 53-Tweet Defense of The Daily Show's Trevor Noah
The comedian spoke out about the controversy over new Daily Show host Trevor Noah's Tweets
“Welcome to comedy in 2015, @trevornoah!”
On Tuesday, Noah faced accusations of anti-Semitism, sexism and transphobia as a result of Tweets he’d posted over the past few years.
Oswalt, however, responded to these accusations in a lengthy, 53-part series of Tweets that argued that comedy cannot always be inoffensive. First, he told the old joke about the man who threw butter out the window in order to see butter fly. And then he broke down every part of the joke in any way that a person could potentially find it offensive.
For example, he Tweeted that “‘Man’ in my previous Tweet should not be construed as privileged, misogynist or anti-trans.” He went on to explain that the man could be any race, that the act of “throwing” was not meant to “imply an exclusion of the differently abled, or even someone who may have ever felt excluded from or knows someone who was thus excluded.”
Oswalt also apologizes to those who may have felt insulted by his endorsement of butter.
He also apologized to those offended by the phrase “out the window” and the notion of wasting food.
Oswalt even apologized for the fact that Twitter offers no Braille equivalent for the blind.
And then he concluded by decreeing that “Jokes should always entertain. EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO HEARS THEM. A simple series of clarifying post-joke Tweets like the ones I just sent out will insure EVERYONE a gentle, comforting chuckle.”
The 53 tweets have been retweeted thousands of times since Oswald posted them early in the morning on Wednesday.
Comedy Central has also defended Noah, who on Monday was announced as the replacement for Jon Stewart on the channel’s popular news show.
Comedy Central issued the following statement to PEOPLE: “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.”