Jon Stewart Opens Daily Show With No Jokes Because Of “Sadness” Over Charleston Shooting (VIDEO)
Jon Stewart didn’t tell one joke during the opening of Thursday’s “Daily Show” because he couldn’t muster any humor following the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina that left nine people dead. He told the audience, “I honestly have nothing other than sadness.” Watch the video below.
Stewart began by noting that typically in the morning “we look at the news, and then we write jokes about it… I didn’t do my job today… I got nothing for you today… because of what happened in South Carolina.” He added that his “sadness” over the “racial wound that will not heal” was too much for him to overcome.
The late night host expressed his belief that there’s a “disparity of response between when we think people who are foreign are going to kill us and us killing ourselves.” Stewart said he even heard on the news the attack being referred to as a “terrible tragedy that has visited this church.” But, as he pointed out, “This wasn’t a tornado.” It was a “racist” attack by Dylann Roof. Stewart said, “Nine people were shot in a black church by a white guy who hated them, who wanted to start some kind of civil war.”
Stewart further begged that the media not downplay Roof’s violence as an act by “one guy [who] lost his mind.” He said, “This is a terrorist attack,” and “Al Qaeda… ISIS, they’re not sh*t compared to the damage that we can apparently do to ourselves on a regular basis.” The problem, he said, is “racism,” and puns aside, “This one is black and white. This is no nuance here.” Stewart ended by apologizing to the audience, “Sorry about no jokes.” Check out the video below of Jon Stewart’s opening of the “Daily Show,” and tell us what you think.