As he did following the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case, Jon Stewart chose on Wednesday night not to make fun of the media reaction to the Charlie Hebdo shooting — at least not yet — and instead deliver a somber tribute to the staff of that satirical French magazine and their families.
“Our hearts are with staff of Charlie Hebdo and their families,” he began. “I know very few people go into comedy as an act of courage, mainly because it shouldn’t have to be that. It shouldn’t be an act of courage, it should be taken as established law. But those guys at Hebdo had it and they were killed for their cartoons.”
“A stark reminder that for the most part the legislators and journalists and institutions that we jab and ridicule are not in any way the enemy,” Stewart continued. “For however frustrating or outraged the back and forth can become it’s still back and forth, a conversation amongst those on let’s call it ‘Team Civilization.’ And this type of violence only clarifies that reality.”
“Of course, of course our goal tonight is not to make sense of this because there is no sense to be made of this,” he added. “Our goal as it is always is to keep going, ‘Keep calm and carry on’ or whatever version of that saying is in your dorm room. We spent the majority of our day honestly in shock and grief but also searching for a segue,” he said, before introducing a segment on Nazi cows.
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