Jon Stewart Gets Serious on Charleston Shooting: 'This One is Black and White'

With the whole of America in shock and mourning over the massacre, last night Jon Stewart set comedy aide to sum up the feelings of the nation on The Daily Show.

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He said, “I have one job and it is a pretty simple job. I come in the morning and we read the news and I write jokes about it. I make a couple faces. Then it is just cha-ching and I am out the door. But I didn’t do my job today. I apologize; I got nothing for you in terms of jokes and sounds because of what happened in South Carolina."

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Stewart, who is in his final five weeks hosting before retiring, couldn’t bring himself to be funny at the top of his show. Instead, he took a serious turn and addressed his frustration with what had happened in Charleston.

He said, “This was a racist. This was a guy with a Rhodesia badge on his sweater. I hate to use this pun, but this one is black and white. There is no nuance here.”

Stewart then brought up the Confederate flag, which continued to fly at full staff outside South Carolina’s Statehouse hours after the shooting. He said, “The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina, and the roads are named for Confederate generals,” Stewart continued, “and the white guy is the one who feels like his country is being taken away from him.”

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