Trevor Noah, a South African comedian who has just been named as the replacement for Jon Stewart as host of ‘The Daily Show,’ is already receiving criticism on Twitter for past tweets that some deem offensive.
The tweets, which were first highlighted by Buzzfeed business editor Tom Gara, are primarily from 2011 and 2012:
A hot white woman with ass is like a unicorn. Even if you do see one, you'll probably never get to ride it.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) November 28, 2011
So I must make my woman fear my penis? RT @UberFacts: The more you fear something, the bigger it appears.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) July 17, 2012
On Twitter, Gara posted: “I retweet not in anger. But it's an impressive rise for a dude who three years ago was replying to Uberfacts tweets with dick jokes.”
Noah responded to the critiques, tweeting: “Twitter does not have enough characters to respond to all the characters on Twitter,” but then later deleted it.
Reactions on Twitter have been mixed, with some users criticizing Noah while others defend him.
The 31-year old comedian is currently a correspondent for the news-satire show, but has only made three appearances so far. He is the son of a Swiss-German father and half-Jewish South African mother.