New ‘Daily Show’ Host Trevor Noah Defends Old Tweets

April 1, 2015  |  

The newly-named Daily Show host hasn’t even started yet but already he’s under fire for tweets that have been called offensive and, in some cases, anti-Semitic.

But now Trevor Noah is defending himself. He took to Twitter, of course, to explain.

He tweeted:

Noah, who will Jon Stewart, got support from his new boss, Comedy Central. The cable network  issued a statement that reads, “Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” the network said in its statement. It continued: “To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central.”

It’s a sentiment that is shared by a lot of comedians, who need to push boundaries to do their jobs. Case in point: Patton Oswalt who went ham on Twitter last night with his commentary in support of Noah.

Jokes or no jokes, the Noah situation proves everyone should be careful on social media. What you post may one day come back and haunt your career.

In fact, reports Forbes social media is today your calling card. Employers pay close attention to the social media presence of potential employees.

A 2013 study by CareerBuilder found that more employers are saying they don’t hire people because of their social media presence. In fact, some excluded candidates after becoming concerned over online content. Employers were most (50 percent) turned off by provocative/inappropriate photos and/or information. The number to online concern was finding out about candidate drinking or using drugs (48 percent). And 33 percent of employers said candidates were discarded for badmouthing a previous employer online.

So it is important to create a social media presence you can be proud of. “Avoid being negative online. While a picture of you having a glass of wine on your birthday probably won’t turn off employers, constant ranting likely will. If your boss truly is the devil incarnate tell your best bud over drinks rather than making negative remarks on Twitter, Facebook or Google+,” reports Forbes.

Use your posts to show off the positive things you do, such as volunteering or mentoring.

Post wisely.

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