Jon Stewart figured he’d be welcomed with open arms throughout this week’s look on The Breakfast Membership.
Right here’s betting Joe Biden thought the identical factor earlier than the previous Vice President caught his foot deep down his mouth by saying black people can’t vote for the GOP.
Stewart, on the promotional path for his political satire “Irresistible,” admitted his “Each day Present” workers wasn’t precisely … various throughout a chat with Membership host Charlamagne Tha God. The progressive comedian hosted the liberal discuss present from 1999 to 2015, throughout which period contributors like Steve Carell, Ed Helms, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Samantha Bee got here into their very own, creatively talking.
None of these stars had been folks of colour.
Stewart tried to defend the show’s initial lack of diversity by sharing how writers who utilized to the present’s workers had their names eliminated so his staff might evaluate their materials with out preconceived biases.
“However we nonetheless saved simply hiring white dudes. White dudes from a sure background,” he mentioned. “What we realized is the river that we had been getting the fabric from, the tributary was additionally polluted by the identical inertia. And also you needed to say to them, ship me girls, ship me black folks. And abruptly, girls obtained humorous. It simply sort of occurred. However they’d been humorous all alongside. We simply hadn’t actively accomplished sufficient to mine that.”
Stewart additionally mirrored on a skirmish with present author Wyatt Cenac, who’s black, over Stewart’s impression of black conservative Herman Cain. Cenac recoiled at Stewart’s try and mimic Cain’s speech patter, suggesting it was offensive. Stewart allegedly obtained mad and even cursed his employee out over the bit.
They later made amends, type of, throughout Stewart’s closing Each day Present look.
“These had been onerous classes for me, and so they had been humbling classes. And I used to be defensive about them and nonetheless didn’t do all of it proper.”
Stewart’s “Each day Present” did get extra various over time, including contributors like Cenac, Hasan Minhaj and Aasif Mandvi.
Stewart isn’t alone, although, on the subject of liberals who don’t apply what they preach. Fellow progressives like Judd Apatow and George Clooney have histories of hiring principally white performers for his or her main tasks.
The Each day Present alum’s new movie, Irresistible, hits VOD shops June 26. The satire pokes important enjoyable on the affect cash has on our political system with a fast soiled assault on gun owners.
[Cross-posted from Hollywood in Toto.]