Following the shootings in South Carolina which left nine dead, Jon Stewart ditched the laughs for his ‘Daily Show’ monologue and instead delivered a scathing commentary on the country’s racial and political issues. Check out the powerful clip.
On the June 18 episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart was angry and confused– and he decided not to hide it. 24 hours after a shooter went on a rampage in Charleston, South Carolina inside a black church which left nine people dead, Stewart admitted at the top of the show that he had not prepared any jokes. What followed was one of the most honest and compelling moments of television in recent memory.
“I didn’t do my job today because of what happened in South Carolina,” Stewart said at the start of the show, explaining why he hadn’t written any jokes that day. “I honestly have nothing other than sadness once again that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence.”
He then gets into the issue of our country’s “racial wounds,” and he dives in fearlessly. “I’m confident though, that by acknowledging [racial tension] and staring into that and seeing it for what it is, we still won’t do jack s–t,” he said, to semi cheers from the audience, but mostly just disappointed sighs. “Yeah, that’s us and that’s the part that blows my mind.” he added.
On that note, he elaborated on his inability to comprehend what is happening, perhaps speaking for many throughout the country and the world. “What blows my mind is the disparity of response between when we think people that are foreign are gonna kill us and us killing ourselves.”
Driving home his point before moving onto his guest (the very apropos Malala Yousafzai), Stewart said what he needed to say. “This is a terorist attack. This is a violent attack…this wasn’t a tornado. This was racist.”
Do you agree with the monologue?
— Casey Mink