Jon Stewart Doesn’t Like Being Told to Check His White Privilege
Because it’s not racist when he does it
Jon Stewart isn’t a Social Justice Warrior for the left, he’s a four-star general. In his many years as the host of the Daily Show, he’s never backed away from an opportunity to make conservatives look like backwards, racist hicks.
Now one of his former staff writers named Wyatt Cenac, who is black, has come forward with allegations which make Stewart look rather hypocritical in hindsight.
Cenac claims that when Stewart used a stereotypical black voice to lampoon Republican Herman Cain, he objected and was screamed at in front of other writers.
Deadline Hollywood reports:
When Jon Stewart’s Black Impersonation Crossed The Line For ‘Daily Show’ Scribe Wyatt Cenac
On a recent episode of WTF With Marc Maron, former Daily Show writer Wyatt Cenac recalled a moment when host Jon Stewart exploded at him in front of the entire late night show’s staff. It all pertained to Stewart’s imitation of 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain; an impersonation that just went too far for Cenac. At the time prior to the 2012 presidential election, Cenac was the only black writer and found Stewart’s knock on Cain coming from “kind of an ignorant place.”…
“I was the one black writer there. It was this thing where it’s like, when you’re the one — whether you want to or not — you’re speaking for everybody. I felt like I had to speak for all the minorities, because there’s nobody speaking for them,” Cenac told Maron.
When Cenac emphasized his reservations again during a writers meeting, Stewart blew his lid:
“He got incredibly defensive. I remember he was like, ‘What are you trying to say? There’s a tone in your voice.’ I was like, ‘There’s no tone. It bothered me.’ … And then he got upset. He stood up and he was just like, ‘Fuck off. I’m done with you.’ And he just started screaming that to me, and he screamed it a few times. … ‘Fuck off! I’m done with you.’ And he stormed out. I didn’t know if I had been fired,” remembered Cenac.
Here’s a Daily Show segment from 2011 where Jon Stewart makes fun of FOX News for calling him out on the issue. Naturally, he tries to explain away the issue by claiming he has an equal opportunity policy on insults.
Stewart’s “black voice” impersonation of Cain begins at the three minute mark. Heads-up for parents, there’s lots of foul language here:
Ace of Spades made a great point about this yesterday:
I kind of understand Stewart’s reaction — it is, in fact, annoying to be accused of bad motives (racism has in fact been defined as the worst possible motive in existence) over things that are, or at least seem, harmless, and without harmful intent.
On the other hand, this jackass is, like Seth Rogen, a reliable cheerleader for SJW attacks so long as they’re directed at other people; only when such attacks are directed at themselves do they suddenly feel that maybe this censorship-by-contrived-hypersensitivity is stultifying, anti-creativity, anti-thought and ultimately anti-human.
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According to Barracula and all the other racists in America, white people are genetically racists. We (or YOU, since I’m a black C can’t hep it.
Stewart is a white Jewish guy who affected a Scots name, but he’s still a racist by virtue of his whiteness.
See? This isn’t hard at all when you start from the Collectivist’s fundamental lies.
We (or YOU, since I’m a black Chinese queer single mother now) can’t hep it.
(…that was weird…)
Congratulations on your change.
Just believe that, if you want, you don’t have to remain a single mother. There’s a guy/gal/something out there for you.
Species-ist PIG! (Not that there’s anything wrong with real pigs…they can be quite sexy!).
You can’t limit my expression of my inherent sexual being-ness!
I assert my right to a manage d’ menagerie…!!!
Easy there, flowing spirit of the universe.
I said “something”, which could be anything your temporal being can absorb into it’s limitless boundaries, giving your senses that overflowing lightness that one achieves when they are experiencing the vastness of space and time, and you’re really ganoobies.
So lighten up, Bunky.
Yep, Jonathan didn’t believe Leibowitz would cut it. Putz, in one of the Yiddish definitions, would have fit to T.
Nathan Birnbaum, Ben Kubelski, and Bernie Schwartz decided things could improve with changes as well.
It’s like the White Hispanic guy, who was White for purposes of criminal statistics, and Hispanic for purposes of racial/diversity quotas. They are nothing if not pro-choice in principle and outlook.
John Stewart Leibowitz. Never seen a show and truly don’t care to see reruns.
…and found Stewart’s knock on Cain coming from “kind of an ignorant place.”…
Where else would it come from?
I am tempted to sympathize with Cenac. But then I think. This guy Cenac, he works for this total a-hole Lib, week after week, month after month, year after year, no problem. But then the total a-hole Lib does his verbal black-face routine, and Cenac says “that’s too much”? Bravo sierra. Epiphanys when your own ox is gored are indicative of intellectual dishonesty, Cenac.
Stewart, and anyone else, should be allowed to imitate or impersonate ANYONE. People do that ALL THE TIME to other people, and plenty of blacks imitate white voices, either mocking specific people or types. There should be NO stifling in this regard, from left or right. It’s amazing that people think it should be off limits even to imitate the POTUS, a time-honored tradition, just because he’s black (or blackish, whatever he is). Most white comedians seem to be really bad at imitating any black voice, probably because they feel too self-conscious, or are self-censored to do it. Stewart probably felt emboldened by Cain’s conservatism to do it. I don’t agree with a lot of Stewart’s political positions, but he is a talented comedian, and he shouldn’t be boxed in by PC rules, and he shouldn’t use those rules against others.
Can’t wait for someone to impersonate Stewart and humiliate him.
Maybe it’ll be someone from Trump’s camp.
That would be antisemitic.