“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” has found itself at the center of an online controversy following the landmark Supreme Court ruling in favor of abortion rights. The court on Monday ruled 5-3 that restrictions on abortion, including doctors requiring admitting privileges at local hospitals, were unconstitutional and placed unwarranted burden on a woman’s right to choose.
While pro-choice advocates around the country celebrated the momentous verdict that struck down excessive restrictions on abortion providers, the popular Comedy Central show reacted to the news with a tasteless joke that failed to land rather miserably.
Celebrate the #SCOTUS ruling! Go knock someone up in Texas!— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 27, 2016
Needless to say, the reaction over the thoughtless tweet was swift and brutal.
.@TheDailyShow This tweet is so vile.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 27, 2016
@TheDailyShow get a conscience.— Jackie Paige (@JPaigeWWJ) June 27, 2016
.@TheDailyShow "Go force a woman to either have an abortion or bear your child!" is a bizarre, misogynistic punchline.— Angela Morabito (@Bear2theRight) June 27, 2016
Celebrate the #SCOTUS ruling! Go respect someone's personal autonomy in Texas!— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) June 27, 2016
“The Daily Show” responded to the matter by backtracking on its previous tweet and sending out an apology that completely missed the reason the original tweet was offensive.
Friends, we’re certainly not promoting abortions. Just excited about #SCOTUS reaffirming right to choose.— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 27, 2016
Leaving aside the semantics of being pro-life or pro-choice, how could one simultaneously say they are not promoting abortions yet claim to be excited over the right to choose?
Although the host, Trevor Noah, most likely did not write the controversial tweet, he too bore the burnt.
If this is original material, it might be a good idea for Trevor Noah to go back to stealing jokes. https://t.co/HKsk7ZD9mX— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 27, 2016
I sometimes think that the Daily Show just should have ended with Jon Stewart's departure.— Alyssa Rosenberg (@AlyssaRosenberg) June 27, 2016
.@TheDailyShow I miss Jon Stewart.— josh terry (@JoshhTerry) June 27, 2016
Not to pile on the Daily Show, but this just makes me remember how much I miss that show. What's happening now isn't worthy of the name.— (((Steph Haberman))) (@StephLauren) June 27, 2016
It definitely wasn’t one of the finest moments in the history of “The Daily Show,” to be honest.