Jon Stewart was rendered jokeless when he engaged his TV audience in a five-and-a-half minute talk on the recent shooting in a Southern Carolina black church that killed nine people.
“I’ve got nothing for you in terms of jokes and sounds, because of what happened in South Carolina,” he said, referring to a white man’s massacre of individuals at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
“I have one job and it’s a pretty simple job,” Stewart said, as quoted by NBC News. “I come in the morning and we look at the news, and I write jokes about it.
“But I didn’t do my job today. So I apologize.”
On Wednesday, a 21-year-old man named Dylann Roof entered the church in the middle of a Bible study class and opened fire.
Stewart criticized the way the media handles the incident, with news networks avoiding calling it a “terrorist attack.”
“I heard someone on the news say, ‘Tragedy has visited the church.’ This wasn’t a tornado. This was racist,” he said, as quoted by EW. “I hate to use the pun, but this one was black and white. There’s no nuance here. But we’re going to keep pretending. We are steeped in that culture in this country and we refuse to recognize it.”
He then compared the incident to the slew of ISIS-related events worldwide.
“Al Qaeda, all those guys – ISIS. They’re not sh-t compared to the damage that we can apparently do to ourselves on a regular basis.”
Jon hosts the much-watched “The Daily Show,” where he talks and ridicules current events around the country and the world.