Tweets dating back to 2009 make cruel fun of fat people, Jews and women. The justification for Comedy Central's support, reports Dylan Byers in Politico, is that the role of the comic is to push boundaries.
Agreed. But we, the audience, allow that only if we like the comic. Joan Rivers had such a difficult career, missing out on many plum opportunities, because so many didn't like her. Her humor was too raw, at least for a female comic at the time. Lenny Bruce could pull that stuff off.
Can we like a man whom we suspect is truly mean-spirited? Noah doesn't seem to me as a nice guy, under the brittle humor. We loved Johnny Carson, David Letterman and Jay Leno. They pushed boundaries, but only with consent of fans. They knew how far they could go.
The ratings for "The Daily Show" will decide the future for Noah.