Trevor Noah admitted that he didn’t think his exchange with Kanye West on social media earlier this year would blow up like this.
After Noah discussed West’s behavior toward ex-wife Kim Kardashian on “The Daily Show”, West responded by instructing a racial slur at her on Instagram, which led to West being banned from the platform for a day. been done. At the time, Noah responded on Instagram by saying that “the biggest trick racists ever did on black people was teaching us to take off each other’s blackness whenever we disagreed,” and that ” I don’t care if you support Trump and I don’t care if you roast Pete. However, I do care when I see you on a path that is dangerously close to distress and pain.”
The Grammys hosted by Noah canceled West’s appearance on the show, a move Noah criticized. Speaking with the Variety Awards Circuit podcast, Noah explained why he reacted the way he did.
“I’ve become more comfortable speaking my mind in situations where I think the crowd forgets that we’re dealing with humans,” he says. “It’s easy to stand on the sidelines, watch a train accident coming and say nothing about it. And then after the train derails, we say, ‘Oh, I saw that coming!’ Well, then why didn’t you say something? Especially if you have some kind of platform, then you have some kind of obligation to speak the truth. You know, watch something and say something.
“And I also understand that humans are a contradiction. We can love the people we hate, we can hate the people we love. Humans are complex contradictions overall. And So, I don’t like to live in a world where we humans are constantly being thrown away like pieces of garbage. Kanye West is one person who has left an indelible mark on my life. His music has really inspired me through various stages of my journey.
But then there are moments where I go, like, ‘Man, Kanye, you, you’re getting off track here.’ But I can still say, ‘I care about you as a human being, that’s why I’m speaking. I’m not going to care about you, I’m not going to hate you all of a sudden.’ That’s how I see the world I try to watch and see, that’s how I hope people will see me.
“If I’ve included you as a human being, and if you like me, or if you like someone in your life, I hope you have the ability to say to that person, ‘Hey ‘I think what you are is the wrong thing to do here. I think you can go in a dangerous direction. And I’m saying this because I like you.
I don’t abandon you as a person.’ And I think we’ve gotten too comfortable with discarding humans, putting them away immediately, and making them unchangeable characters. When in fact, I think we should all be given the opportunity to redeem ourselves. We all need to be redeemed. should be given the opportunity.”
On this edition of the Variety Awards Circuit podcast, we talk to “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” host about a wide range of topics, including doing an occasional late night show when the news is so grim. Plus, the success of his correspondents, the fact that he may be the only weeknight talk show host who hasn’t got COVID, how he brought his audience back and the show’s multiple Emmy nominations — seven in “The Daily Show.” and its companion series, the most for the franchise since Noah took over as host in 2015. Listen below!
Noah has many interesting thoughts about how society, in this social media age, is so quick to judge on people’s behavior – both celebrities and not. Chris Rock was slapped on the Oscars stage by Will Smith a few days later when he hosted the Grammys. And it was still one of the biggest news stories of the time, which Noah briefly addressed at his awards show. But he says he was also puzzled by the idea that this was “another instance where people were so quick to throw a human.
“I find it fascinating,” he says. “If we look at it with the scales of justice, or even if you think of it through the lens of humanity… How many people immediately went, ‘Will Smith is a garbage man and he is the worst man, he should be in jail.’ I was like, ‘Whoa, whoa. Okay.’ It was really interesting to me.
Contrary to saying, this person we love for so long, who hasn’t set foot anywhere. Something went wrong here. Something really went wrong, what went wrong? Should we get into this? Should we be involved? Should we delve into its humanity? Should we ask, should we question? Should we care? No, no, this is not the world we live in now.