This week, like most weeks in the Drumpf era, has been filled with harrowing headlines: the Supreme Court upheld Drumpf’s Muslim travel ban, Supreme Court Justice – Anthony Kennedy – announced his retirement, and on Thursday, there was a mass shooting at the Capital Gazette. And that’s not even mentioning the continued stories of asylum-seeking children who have been separated from their parents, with no clear plan as to how to reunite them.
In the face of such a deluge, it can be hard to know how to process everything – but on Thursday night’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert welcomed a guest who could help, at least a little.
And as Jon Stewart climbed out from under the comedian’s desk, it quickly became clear that this would be one of his more scorching appearances.
“What Drumpf wants is for us to stop calling his cruelty and fear and divisiveness
wrong, but to join in calling it right,” the former Daily Show host said on Thursday’s Late Show, June 28.
“This we cannot do. And by not yielding, we will prevail.”
Samantha Bee is not on television enough during the week. Much like John Oliver, we only get to enjoy her presence on television once a week. And it’s been obvious that her show is top notch for the past few weeks, but this is truly the moment where she has decided to shine.
Sadly it’s during one of the nation’s darkest moments.
Bee drops the opening with Peaches, drops the Jon Stewart appearances, and gets right down to business about the Orlando nightclub attack. And she does not hold back the anger, which like Conan’s statement, is pretty refreshing for late night. Jon Stewart would get angry during The Daily Show and the passion shown by Bee here is the closest we’ve seen since he retired. It’s something we’ve only gotten a bit from Trevor Noah and John Oliver never seems to let his emotions take over.
Here we see Samantha Bee not holding back about guns, the revolving door of responses we give after every mass shooting, and the flimsy defense for the AR-15. She also doesn’t hesitate to put Florida governor Rick Scott on the fire over Florida’s lack of background checks for AR-15’s and his response for what we could do to help in the aftermath.
“IOTD” is image of the day, a concept I came up with. I teach visual meditative therapy – or in easy terms – a mini mental holiday. For some people it is very difficult for them to get their image right. I post an image a day for people to use in their mini mental vacay. Some are serious, some are silly, and some are just beautiful!”’
Jon Stewart’s Final ‘The Daily Show’ Brims With Warmth, Emotion
Genuine warmth is an extraordinarily rare commodity on television, which is why Jon Stewart’s final “The Daily Show” was something to be treasured, savored and maybe even played back a few times. As with most media-hyped events, Stewart’s exit came with such inflated expectations that it’s the sort of thing the host himself would have delighted in skewering.
Yet the parade of former correspondents who lined up to bid him farewell not only celebrated what he called “the talent that has passed through these doors” but the guy who gave them that opportunity as he rides into the sunset.
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Jonathan “Jon” Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, actor, media critic, and television host. He was the host of The Daily Show, asatirical news program that aired on Comedy Central, from 1999 to 2015.
Stewart started as a stand-up comedian, but branched into television as host of Short Attention Span Theater for Comedy Central. He went on to host his own show on MTV, called The Jon Stewart Show, and then hosted another show on MTV called You Wrote It, You Watch It. He has also had several film roles as an actor, but has done few cinematic projects since becoming the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central in early 1999. He is also a writer and co-executive producer of the show. After Stewart joined, The Daily Show steadily gained popularity and critical acclaim, resulting in his eighteen Emmy Awards.
Stewart has gained acclaim as an acerbic, satirical critic of personality-driven media shows, in particular those of the U.S. media networks such as CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. Critics say Stewart benefits from a double standard: he critiques other news shows from the safe, removed position of his “fake news” desk.
Choked-Up Jon Stewart Says He Can’t Tell Jokes After Charleston Massacre Too much to handle for the funnyman.
“I have one job, and it’s a pretty simple job,” Jon Stewart said on “The Daily Show” on the night after the #CharlestonShooting “I come in in the morning, and we look at the news and I write jokes about it.”
But that’s not what happened last night.
What follows is a heartfelt appeal to America on the issue of race and our strangely inconsistent application of outrage. He noted that two wars and trillions were spent to fight a force far less dangerous that domestic shootings and American racial terror — Islamic radicalism. He would go on to highlight some of the lower-level forms of abuse, from the confederate flag over South Carolina to the residual heritage of slavery.
“We have roads named after confederate generals.
Black people have to drive on roads named after those who would prevent them from driving.
That’s insanity.” As America renews its debate over the use of Confederate imagery,and its pernicious effects on black society, his point is an urgent one, indeed.
~~Daily Show’s Jon Stewart on Charleston shooting~~
‘This was a terrorist attack’
~~Published on Jun 18, 2015~~
The Daily Show host Jon Stewart has slammed America’s response to the mass shooting in a South Carolina church, predicting that nothing would be done in the wake of a “terrorist attack” that left nine people dead.
In a sombre opening to a show he promised would contain no jokes, Stewart said some people were already working hard to discount the idea that racism was the motive behind the massacre.
Prior to introducing his guest – Nobel peace prize-winner Malala Yousafzai – Stewart told viewers: “I have nothing other than just sadness that once again we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other, and the nexus of a just gaping racial wound that will not heal but we pretend doesn’t exist.
“I’m confident, though, that by acknowledging it, by staring into that and seeing it for what it is, we still won’t do jackshit.
“Yeah. That’s us.”
The reluctance to label domestic shootings of this kind as terrorism, he went on, led to what he called a “disparity of response between when we think people that are foreign are going to kill us and us killing ourselves”.
“If this had been what we thought was Islamic terrorism … we invaded two countries and spent trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives, and now fly unmanned death machines over, like, five or six different countries …
“Nine people. Shot in a church. What about that?
Eh. What are you gonna do?
Crazy is as crazy is, right?”
The media response had been too slow to acknowledge the culture that made such violence possible, Stewart said: “I heard someone on the news say, a tragedy has visited this church. This wasn’t a tornado. This was racist. This was a guy with a Rhodesia badge on his sweater … This one is black and white. There’s no nuance here.
“And we’re going to keep pretending: I don’t get it, what happened, there’s one guy lost his mind. We are steeped in that culture in this country and we refuse to recognize it, and I cannot believe how hard people are working to discount it.”
Stewart pointed to what he called the “racial wallpaper” of South Carolina, where a confederate flag continues to be flown within the grounds of the capitol building: “The confederate flag flies over South Carolina. And the roads are named for confederate generals.
“And the white guy’s the one who feels like his country’s being taken away from him.”
I strongly believe that policemen do their job while risking their lives. Their loved ones stay at home expecting them to return safe but always have the lingering thought in the back of their minds. For this, we thank both the law enforcement officers and their families.
Yet, too many cases are coming to the forefront that makes the public question the status of the police departments all over the country.
We grieve for each and every one that loses their lives in the line of duty. Yet, because of the nature of their work, they should be held to high standards.
This statement sums up for us how we can respect all law enforcement officers yet also question what is happening and has happened at the time of this writing.