Jon Stewart criticizes Sean Hannity for complaining about ‘cancel culture’

Jon Stewart made a highly anticipated return to The Daily Show on Monday evening. In a powerful and impassioned rant, he took aim at the conservative media landscape and its hypocrisy when it comes to cancel culture and censorship. One of his main targets was Fox News host Sean Hannity, whom he famously referred to as “a meat bag support system for a forehead vein.”

In his triumphant return to the Comedy Central show that catapulted him to fame, the beloved liberal comedy icon takes center stage once again, just in time for the 2024 election year. With his trademark wit and razor-sharp humor, he tackles the topic of a peculiar industry – one that thrives on incessant complaints about being silenced despite freely expressing their opinions day in and day out.

According to him, the notion of an all-encompassing and formidable menace to free speech known as “cancel culture” has become a fundamental belief in contemporary conservatism.

“They rejoice in their silencing at conferences. They take pleasure in being silenced on podcasts and streaming platforms. They take pride in the fact that there are over 700 books written about being cancelled.”

“Why do we have so many of these books? It seems like no one reads anymore…”

Mr. Stewart proudly showcased an extensive assortment of genuine books authored by conservative media figures, ranging from Alan Dershowitz’s “The War on Woke” to Vivek Ramaswamy’s “Woke, Inc.”

He observed that conservatives have a whole industry dedicated to expressing their grievances about not being able to freely voice their opinions. Their victimhood is a fundamental aspect of their brand.

During the segment, the anchor effectively conveyed his point by presenting a compilation of Fox hosts, such as Dana Perino, Jesse Watters, and Laura Ingraham, expressing their frustration about being restricted from using specific phrases due to supposed sensitivity concerns. Interestingly, despite their initial complaints, these hosts ended up using those very same phrases boldly and without hesitation on subsequent occasions.

“They are so full of crap that even Sean Hannity, with his square head, has the audacity to claim, ‘I’m not the type of person who gets outraged.’ Can you believe Sean Hannity?” Mr. Stewart playfully quipped.

“He’s essentially nothing more than a vessel designed to support a forehead vein!”

He stated, “In today’s social media-driven society, it is undeniably true that our interactions are encouraged and monetized based on outrage, and it can be incredibly exhausting for all parties involved.”

“We are far from being censored or silenced. In fact, we are constantly bombarded with an overwhelming amount of speech, thanks to the unprecedented level of communication in our time. Unfortunately, this abundance of speech has become a tool for professional outrage hunters from all walks of life. They scour the globe in search of graduation speech snippets, offhand comments made during promotional tours, out of context comedy bits, or even mediocre marketing ideas. Their goal? To seize upon any words or phrases they can exploit for the sake of generating and monetizing clicks.”

“Outrage fuels our modern media economy.”

In modern American culture, there is a significant force for cancellation, and it goes by the name of former President Donald Trump.

Mr. Stewart used Liz Cheney, the former Wyoming Republican congresswoman, as an example of cancellation. Cheney was effectively excommunicated from her party for speaking out against Donald Trump and his MAGA movement. She also led the House inquiry into the events of January 6. This serves as a clear case of cancellation.

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