Trevor Noah may be having trouble attracting viewers, but he has no problem expressing his true feelings about issues, whether they are politically correct or not. Trevor Noah recently talked to NPR about growing up under apartheid with a white father and black mother.
Noah says that both white people and black people would express fear and biases to him. Noah said that he would have to explain to them that they shouldn’t think the way they do and that they are holding these views because they are generalizing everybody.
Trevor adds that his experience growing up enables him to see both sides of any issue, which has helped him create political satire on The Daily Show.
“I’ve understood multiple experiences simultaneously. That’s something I’ve always done and I continue to do till this day. I try and see the perspective of the other side,” Noah says.
Trevor Noah not only is under a lot of pressure to perform well on The Daily Show, but he has to deal with many critics and naysayers who seem to take joy in his lack of ratings. However, Noah reveals in the same interview that the current pressure is nothing compared to how he had things growing up.
“When I think back… Not 25 years ago, I was living in basically a very elevated hut with no running water or indoor sanitation. I can’t trick myself in getting stressed by First World problems. Things are going great. Things are going very, very, well.”
There are no ratings reports for The Daily Show this past week. However, as the Inquisitr reported the week before, when averaging ratings for each night at Showbuzz Daily, Trevor Noah averaged a poor, but not disastrous, 856,000 viewers a night. Though Noah obviously doesn’t like the Jon Stewart comparisons, it’s obvious that he is turning advertisers for the show off, since the ratings have dropped a lot.
Meanwhile, Trevor Noah made a very well-received tweet this week about the Grammy Awards.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) February 16, 2016
Kendrick Lamar thrilled the audience at the Grammy Awards last Monday evening as he walked on stage in a human chain while his band performed inside mock jails for the song “The Blacker the Berry.” On the other hand, Kanye West has been the subject of a lot of bad press lately for making misogynistic comments about Taylor Swift and asking for $53 million from Silicon Valley. Trevor Noah has never been afraid to call Kanye out.
Meanwhile, Trevor Noah has been the subject of comparisons to Samantha Bee, who just debuted her show on TBS and is having great success. The New York Post says that Samantha Bee is the true successor to Jon Stewart. They noted that her show, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, debuted with an impressive 2.2 million viewers — numbers Noah has rarely seen. The author of the article, Sara Stewart, believes that Bee is zeroing in on an issue that the rest of the late night hosts don’t cover enough: women’s rights.
The comparison has been made on Twitter as well.
— LeAnn Suchy (@lovelyleann) February 9, 2016
How can you watch Samantha Bee's new show and not wonder how she wasn't offered the Daily Show chair? She's better than Trevor Noah.
— Matt (@MattTB12) February 9, 2016
Let’s hope Trevor Noah doesn’t read tweets like this and continues to do his best for The Daily Show. Noah is not calling it quits just yet, and neither should we.
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