The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah described the far-left extremist movement Antifa as “Vegan ISIS” Thursday night, among a host of otherjokes and insults rebuking the groupof violent anarchists.
Noah’s jokes follow the establishment media’s change in stance towards the extremist movement, which earned widespread ire following violence in Berkeley last weekend. During the protest, random onlookers, conservatives, and journalists were assaulted by gangs of black-clad “anti-fascists.” The group even went after acomedian dressed as a popcorn vendor, deeming him a capitalist.
Naturally, members of Antifa and their left-wing sympathizers did not take Noah’s jokes lightly. From accusations of Nazi sympathizing to all-out death threats, leftists are upset by the comedian’s right to tell jokes.
Responding to a tweet promoting the segment and mocking Antifa, far-left extremists railed against the show and its host ranging between milquetoast criticism like “this is not comedy anymore” to lame insults against moderates who found the segment funny.
Many of the comments were hyperbolic, warning that Antifa are the only thing standing between democracy and full-blown Nazism.
Spit out that sheetcake. This country has a fash infection and it will not be cured by idle contemplation. Defeating it is dirty work.
— Comrade Chad (@carlos3k)September 1, 2017
The worst thing about The Daily Show is that it prefers applause to laughter and by that token this is not comedy anymore.
— LARGE MARXISTS (@non_bona_dicta)September 1, 2017
The Daily Show and its politics are woefully unprepared to cover fascism. If you agree, get organized and #TrySocialism.
— DSA Los Angeles (@DSA_LosAngeles)September 1, 2017
Neoliberal millionaire Trevor Noah punches left and attacks antiracist antifascists while Nazis are murdering people https://t.co/oT80TPvasc
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton)September 1, 2017
Many of the responders, who identify as “leftist” rather than liberal, were upset by the liberal comedian’s criticism of their extremist beliefs, and responded with childish insults.
Shut da fuck up
— luke oneil (@lukeoneil47)September 1, 2017
y'all salty that antifa's managed to actually do shit while y'all fucking sheetcake
— Lapsed Pacifist (@NoraReed)September 1, 2017
Eat shit Trevor
— james daless (@Phylan)September 1, 2017
shut up nazi peepee
— arm the Left (@leducviolet)September 1, 2017
— Jeff Voxworthy (@vox_employee)September 1, 2017
Others posted threats of violence.
— Kharlan Marx (@HT_F8)September 1, 2017
The Daily Show, which has always courted the establishment left, may now find itself at odds with a significant chunk of its audience who otherwise agree with everything else Noah says. But none of this should come as a surprise to anyone who pays attention to Antifa’s antics. After all, “liberals get the bullet too” is an Antifa mantra.
Ian Miles Cheong is a journalist and outspoken media critic. You can reach him through social media at @stillgray on Twitter and on Facebook.