The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart is renowned for using humour to skewer politicians and controversial news stories.
But, on last night’s show, the political satirist admitted that he had nothing funny to say in the horrific aftermath of the Charleston shooting.
The host said that after the murder of nine people at a black church by a white man in South Carolina, the comedian was unable to find any funny material.
I have one job and it’s a pretty simple job. I come in in the morning and we look at the news and I write jokes about it. But I didn’t do my job today so I apologise, I’ve got nothing for you, because of what happened in South Carolina.
I honestly have nothing, other than sadness once again that 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 yet we pretend doesn’t exist.
Stewart continued to beautifully vocalise the fears and anger of many people and pointed out that the biggest concern about the tragedy is knowing that “we still won’t do jacksh*t!”
What blows my mind is the 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 five or six different countries, all to keep Americans safe.
We’ve got to do whatever we can – we’ll torture people – we’ve got to do whatever we can to keep Americans safe. Nine people shot in a church, what about that? That’s the part that I cannot for the life of me wrap my head around.
Despite being one of the funniest guys on TV, many of Stewart’s greatest moments have come when he has been deadly serious. His monologue following 9/11 is famous and, in our opinion, this take on Charleston is one of his absolute best too.