Trevor Noah led Tuesday’s Daily Show with the resignation of Jon Gruden, the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, after the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal published a trove of homophobic and misogynistic emails. In emails sent a decade ago, Gruden used racial stereotypes, mocked the NFL’s efforts to minimize concussions, ruled out hiring female referees and disparaged players who protested during the national anthem by kneeling.
“This guy hit everyone,” Noah said. “Blacks, gays, women, protesters, victims of brain damage, it’s almost like I’m competing in a cancellation decathlon.
“And I can’t believe I have to say this,” he added, “but people, they shouldn’t be writing racist emails. Just get up, walk over to your coworker’s desk, and say the n-word in person. It’s called human interaction, people. Have we forgotten about this?
Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden had described the executive director of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, who is black, as “lips the size of michellin tires” in an email from 2011. Monday , the New York Times checked more emails sent to Bruce Allen, the former president of the Washington soccer team, in which Gruden called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a homophobic slur and a “clueless anti-soccer kitty.”
“However, at least be more original with your hatred,” Noah said. “I mean, black people who have big lips? Really friend? If you’re going to be a racist, at least think of something new. “
Daily Show correspondent Dulcé Sloan chimed in with some follow-up questions: “Why are we just finding out now? Why are we just mad at him? What about the person who sat on these emails for 10 years and waited?
“Who were you sending these emails to and why were they sitting on them?” she added. “You have to ask the assistant coach. You should ask someone who would benefit from your work. I’m not saying I wasn’t completely wrong. I’m just saying, ‘lips like michellin tires’ was racist 10 years ago. “
Jimmy Kimmel also referenced Gruden’s resignation Tuesday night. Gruden’s emails were “so offensive that the Raiders almost made him an offensive coordinator,” he joked.
“So of course he apologized,” Kimmel said. In a statement released Monday night, Gruden thanked the Raiders organization, fans and players, adding, “Sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”
“You know you were wrong when you are not in a position to coach a team whose fans dress up like real demons,” Kimmel said.
And in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott is “doing everything he can to bring Covid back” with an executive order banning vaccine mandates in the state. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and our best defense against the virus, but it should always be voluntary and never forced,” he wrote on Twitter. “Right, and seat belts prevent car fatalities, but feel free to ghostrip the whip,” Kimmel joked.
“And while Governor Abbott is selectively determining who can do what with their bodies, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is helping launch a new imaginary crisis” by claiming an eruption of Southwest Airlines flight cancellations this weekend was due to a pilots’ strike over vaccine mandates. Enough Republicans ran with the story that the Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement confirming that “none of the information from Southwest, its pilots union, or the FAA indicates that this weekend’s cancellations were related to vaccine mandates.” .
“The only time Republicans support a labor strike is when no worker is actually on strike,” explained Kimmel.
And in the evening, Seth Meyers discussed a new survey which found that Americans are losing confidence in Joe Biden’s ability to handle the coronavirus. “Actually? Who is handling it well?” He said. “We are all losing it. The Brady Bunch came the other day and I thought it was a Zoom reunion.
“I don’t trust anyone who is handling it well,” he added. “When I’m at ShopRite and there’s an old man without a mask who just smiles and touches all the cans, whistling a happy tune, I don’t think, ‘Oh, I wish he was in charge.’
In other news, the Taliban allegedly instructed his religious police be more moderate, “which means that even the Taliban passed police reform before us,” Meyers joked.
And DC Comics announced that their new Superman character will come out as bisexual in their next issue. “Come on, it’s 2021,” Meyers said. “The crazy part is that there are still Superman comics.”
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