Jon Stewart Delivers Powerfully Moving Message Following Charlie Hebdo Shooting (Video)

jon-stewart-charlie-hebdoConsidering the line of work Jon Stewart is in (satire, comedy, poking fun at news and events), I’m sure the tragic shooting in France at the site of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo hit especially close to home. It’s only natural for someone like Stewart to take this attack somewhat personally when people who work in a field very similar to his get brutally gunned down and murdered for simply doing their jobs.

While all tragedies like these are senseless, it’s baffling for me to sit here and think that there are 12 people who are dead because they wrote satirical articles and cartoons. It wasn’t because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time or worked in some sort of building linked to a government some terrorist group opposes.

These weren’t soldiers, police officers, fire fighters or people from some other kind of profession where death, while still heartbreaking, sometimes is an unfortunate part of the job.

These were comedy writers. 

But I digress. Nothing I can say can top what Stewart said last night in a somber moment where he put comedy aside to address this shocking shooting.

“Our hearts are with staff of Charlie Hebdo and their families,” Stewart said. “I know very few people go into comedy as an act of courage, mainly because it shouldn’t have to be that. It shouldn’t be an act of courage, it should be taken as established law. But those guys at Hebdo had it and they were killed for their cartoons.”

“A stark reminder that for the most part the legislators and journalists and institutions that we jab and ridicule are not in any way the enemy,” he continued. “For however frustrating or outraged the back and forth can become it’s still back and forth, a conversation amongst those on let’s call it ‘Team Civilization.’ And this type of violence only clarifies that reality.”

It’s a rare moment when you see Stewart not his usual, sarcastic comedic self on The Daily Show. After all, his show is on Comedy Central.

There’s nothing I can really add to what Stewart said. When I think about the fact that the people killed at this newspaper were killed because of their cartoons, I just can’t help but think how stupid this is. Like I said earlier, all of these kinds of shootings are senseless and tragic, but to be killed because you drew cartoons…

Just, wow.

You can watch the segment below via Comedy Central:

Allen Clifton

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  • Snakes on a Car

    Maybe progressives will quit supporting the mass immigration of people that aren’t compatible with western civilization.

  • rossbro

    Biggest problem I see is that Muslims are ONLY Muslims, never French, American,Afgani, etc. They WILL NOT assimilate. They seem to think we shoud accede to all their demands and requirements. They all need to live in the Sahara with their 72 virgin camels.

    • Fred Bastiat

      Wish I could have found it for you, but Murray Rothbard had some insight into the importance of cultural integration. There are many examples of how societies have benefited from cultures voluntarily integrating. I’m puzzling over any examples that include Islamic cultures integrating. Any historians care to chime in?

      • Charles Vincent

        Here is a starting point.

        http://en DOT wikipedia DOT org/wiki/Muslim_conquests

      • Fred Bastiat

        I’ve read a little of Muslim history or read about different Muslim nations, tribes, and religions as it relates to other nations, tribes, and religions. What I’ve seen is that Muslims tend to conquer or be conquered. Once in awhile they will treat conquered people with some modicum of liberty, allowing Christians and such to live and own property. Other times, not so much. Pretty typical really. What does not seem typical to me is that other cultures and religions often integrate and accept social norms of other cultures – or shared their cultural norms with other societies. I’ve not seen such an example with regard to Muslims, as a culture and religion, they seem to glide through history keeping their enemies, keeping their social norms (no matter how barbaric by other advancing ethical standards), and tend to try to oppress other societies to conform rather than allow integration of ideas.

        Thanks for the Wiki link, but it only confirmed my guess.

  • Fred Bastiat

    While I have no kind words for oppressive and violent Islamic ideology or its bad actors, team civilization (As Stewart uses the term = government) is no lightweight in the oppression and violence department. And among the most coercivey violent is Team Progressive that Stewart counts himself a membet.