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Patton Oswalt throws a Twitter tantrum in defense of Trevor Noah

The famously anti-PC Oswalt has some words for Trevor Noah critics.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Posted on Apr 1, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 4:31 am CDT

If you hadn’t already done yourself the favor of unfollowing comedian Patton Oswalt on Twitter, you probably saw that he threw one of his trademark tantrums there last night. Buckle up, social justice weenies!

The subtext—if these 54 tweets (there are two No. 8’s for some reason) possess any nuance whatsoever—is Oswalt’s repeatedly established disdain for political correctness, a position he trumpets like a Republican congressman from 1994. His trigger this time: the backlash against fellow funnyman Trevor Noah, who was discovered to have written some bad tweets before Comedy Central announced that he would replace the departing Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show

Here comes Oswalt to his defense.

Another bravura performance. Perhaps Oswalt is absolutely right, and it’s time we started thinking about the real victims here: famous, well-compensated comedians who can basically say whatever they want and still count on the support of their global media conglomerate overlords

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Apr 1, 2015, 1:04 pm CDT