Jon Stewart may have not delivered his regular dose of hilarious jokes today. Mr. Stewart of “The Daily Show” used his monologue to address the shootings in Charleston, S.C., from yesterday, June 19, 2015.
The murder of nine people at a black church by a white man left the comedian incapable of writing comedic material for the show.
“I didn’t do my job today,” said Mr. Stewart. He added, “And maybe if I wasn’t nearing the end of the run or this wasn’t such a common occurrence maybe I could’ve pulled out of the spiral, but I didn’t.”
Instead of jokes, Stewart addressed the news and political views in response to the shootings, as well as the racial tension in the States. The comedian was not reluctant to call the mass murder a terrorist attack, and he added that if this attack was an Islamic one, “we’ll torture people.”
He added: “ ‘We’ve got to do whatever we can to keep Americans safe.’ Nine people shot in a church, what about that? ‘Hey, what are you gonna do, crazy is as crazy is, right?’ That’s the part that I cannot for the life of me wrap my head around.”
In addition, Mr. Stewart addressed the Confederate flag, which was not lowered on the grounds of South Carolina’s Statehouse hours after the shooting.
“The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina, and the roads are named for Confederate generals,” Mr. Stewart continued, “and the white guy is the one who feels like his country is being taken away from him.”