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A somber Jon Stewart addresses the Charlie Hebdo attack

He argues that going into comedy "shouldn't be an act of courage."


Michelle Jaworski


Published Jan 8, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 7:52 pm CDT

Like Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart opened his show Wednesday by addressing the Paris shooting at the office of the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people.

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The shooters killed a number of employees who were involved with satirizing religion in the magazine, particularly of Islam and the prophet Muhammad, and as a man of comedy and satire, he left the jokes off the table as he called out the senselessness of it all.

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“I know very few people go into comedy as an act of courage, mainly because it shouldn’t have to be like that,” Stewart said. “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.”

He recognizes that he lives in a country where a comedian, writer, or cartoonist won’t be killed for satire, and despite how much he blasts news organizations, society, and politicians—as he would do per usual shortly after this—they’re ultimately on the same side.

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*First Published: Jan 8, 2015, 10:50 am CST