Must-see morning clip: Jon Stewart calls to #CancelStewart

The comedian issued a subtle stand for solidarity with Stephen Colbert VIDEO

Topics: Video, #cancelcolbert, #cancelstewart, Must see morning clip, Comedy, Satire, Chris Christie, Feminism, Race,

“The Daily Show” gave a small but significant nod to “The Colbert Report” on Monday night when, hidden in a segment mocking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, appeared a chryon for #CancelStewart.

The hashtag is a response to the controversy that took over Twitter (and the media) on Friday, after an activist called to #CancelColbert in response to an out-of-context tweet that at first appeared to be mocking the Asian community.

In Monday’s segment, Stewart took back the hashtag when he satirized the Christie administration’s attempt to paint former aide Bridget Kelly as a crazy and overly emotional woman, a common anti-feminist trope. On the cover of a fake report, titled “Bitches Be Crazy, Right?” was “#CancelStewart.” As Salon’s Dan D’Addario explained, like Colbert’s original joke, Stewart’s “seemed designed to seem on-its-face offensive to the most sensitive among us.” In this particular case, Stewart did it by putting forth Christie’s antifeminist attitudes, “while actually being politically correct.”

The hashtag hasn’t gained much traction on Twitter, but the top tweets show that fans are in on the joke.



Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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