After the massacre at a historic African American church in Charleston, S.C., Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart was in no mood to tell jokes on his show Thursday night. “I have one job, and it’s a pretty simple job,” Stewart said. “I come in, in the morning, and we look at the news, and I write jokes about it … But I didn’t do my job today, so I apologize. I got nothing for you, in terms of jokes and sounds, because of what happened in South Carolina.”
“And maybe if I wasn’t nearing the end of the run, or this wasn’t such a common occurrence, maybe I could have pulled out of the spiral,” continued Stewart, who signs off “The Daily Show” for good on Aug. 6. “But I didn’t.” After his intro, he went straight into his interview with his guest Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Here’s a complete transcript of his searing monologue at the top of his show, which tackled race, terrorism and gun violence:
I honestly have nothing other than just sadness once again that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other and the nexus of a just gaping racial wound that will not heal, yet we pretend doesn’t exist. And I’m confident, though, that by acknowledging it, by staring into that and seeing it for what it is, we still won’t do jack s—. Yeah. That’s us.
And that’s the part that blows my mind. I don’t want to get into the political argument of the guns and things. But what blows my mind is the disparity of response between when we think people that are foreign are going to kill us, and us killing ourselves.
If this had been what we thought was Islamic terrorism, it would fit into our — we invaded two countries and spent trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives and now fly unmanned death machines over five or six different countries, all to keep Americans safe. We got to do whatever we can. We’ll torture people. We gotta do whatever we can to keep Americans safe.
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