- Here’s what’s coming and going on Hulu in August 2019 Today 7:00 AM
- ‘Game of Thrones’ creators drop out of Comic-Con at last minute Today 6:38 AM
- Inside Britt McHenry’s war on women Today 6:30 AM
- The glorious highs and unexpected quirks of 4K streaming Today 6:00 AM
- Southwest Airlines passengers receive free Nintendo Switch consoles and Mario Maker 2 Wednesday 9:10 PM
- The Deplorable Choir drops diss track aimed at 4 congresswomen from Trump’s racist tweets Wednesday 8:09 PM
- Florida city is pushing homeless people out by playing ‘Baby Shark’ on a loop Wednesday 7:27 PM
- A ‘Gossip Girl’ reboot is coming to HBO Max–and fans are not happy with the casting details Wednesday 6:44 PM
- Beto can’t leverage his slave owner ancestry to gain Black voters’ trust Wednesday 5:51 PM
- Oakland to become the third U.S. city to ban facial recognition Wednesday 5:50 PM
- ‘Release the Snyder Cut’ billboards pop up outside of San Diego Comic-Con Wednesday 5:24 PM
- Iggy Azalea and Peppa Pig have an epic Twitter fight Wednesday 4:39 PM
- Should you be concerned about your privacy on FaceApp? Wednesday 4:15 PM
- Google ‘terminates’ Dragonfly, its censored search engine for China Wednesday 3:33 PM
- AOC rips Facebook during Libra House hearing Wednesday 3:14 PM
With Flint in the news, Trevor Noah reminds us of other cities with poisoned water
Flint is far from the only place where residents have lost trust in a basic utility.
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is finally getting the national attention it desperately needs, but Trevor Noah is highlighting the country’s other Flints that are still flying under everyone’s radars.
The city was at the center of a recent Democratic debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, with the latter declaring that this wasn’t something that should happen in the U.S. in 2016 (though as Noah noted, however, the year doesn’t really matter with something like this).
Flint finally garnered attention right before a big presidential primary, and the town is now receiving big-time donations from the likes of Beyoncé, Cher, and Mark Wahlberg and Sean “Diddy” Combs. But as Noah pointed out on The Daily Show on Wednesday night, there are other towns that need Flint-like exposure to help solve their own water crises.
Take, for instance, Jackson, Mississippi. More than a dozen homes had high levels of lead in their drinking water, and officials warned pregnant women and young children not to drink it (but it’s OK for everyone else).
Or St. Joseph, Louisiana, whose residents were told the water was safe to drink despite being brown in color. Or Hoosick Falls, New York, which has contaminated water from a local plastics manufacturing plant.
There is also water with high amounts of lead in Sebring, Ohio, and many other cities across the country—some with residents still wary despite declarations that the water is safe again.
One solution? Noah proposes making the local water supply as visible to the candidates as the fried foods they eat in Iowa. Maybe then it might get some attention.
Screengrab via The Daily Show
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.