Jon Stewart didn’t find anything amusing about yesterday’s news so he couldn’t accurately do his job as host on the Daily Show. Due to the slaying of 9 African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, Stewart thought it would be appropriate to discuss the issue in a more sympathetic tone. Stewart opened his show with,
“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 apologize. I got nothing for you in terms of jokes and sounds because of what happened in South Carolina.
“And maybe if I wasn’t nearing the end of the run or this wasn’t such a common occurrence, maybe I could have pulled out of a spiral, but I didn’t, and so I honestly have nothing other than just 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.”
Wednesday’s horrific event disturbed Stewart and many other Americans yesterday. We applaud Stewart for standing for what he believed in. See the rest Jon Stewart has to say below.