We saw a rare side of Jon Stewart last night. The host of the Daily Show put all jokes on hold and delivered a somber, critical monologue addressing Sunday night’s tragic shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. The massacre, which took place at a Bible study in an African American church, left nine people dead.
"There’s no nuance here."
Stewart’s central message revolved around the very clear racist motivations of the white shooter, arguing we shouldn't be confused over why this tragedy occurred. "This wasn’t a tornado. This was a racist. This was a guy with a Rhodesia badge on his sweater... I hate to even use this pun, but this one is black and white. There’s no nuance here."
It's not often we see Stewart in such form; the comedic political commentator has only gotten choked up on air a few times before, such as the time he delivered his first monologue following the September 11 terrorist attacks. We'll miss his insight when he leaves the Daily Show this August.