The US political satire talk show, ‘The Daily Show’, has come under social media fire after tweeting out a transphobic Twitter poll on Wednesday (May 18).
News broke yesterday that the White House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was recorded saying that believed that Donald Trump was being paid off by Vladimir Putin prior to his election. ‘The Daily Show’, who were aware that there was a scandal due to release from the White House, tweeted a poll contained a transphobic joke.
‘The Daily Show’ tweeted “What news will drop Thursday?” with one answer suggesting: “Donald Trump announced he is now Donna Trump”. The tweet has since been deleted and ‘The Daily Show’ have yet to release a statement.
Following this tweet, many people voiced their outrage citing an attack on the transgender community.
E: "The Daily Show celebrates International Day Against Transphobia with transphobic 'joke'."
— macho ayn randy savage (@hooper_x) May 17, 2017
Do better Daily Show. Trans people are not punch lines. 😡
— Beth 難しい (@Beth_Y) May 18, 2017
Literally the easiest target in the ENTIRE WORLD and you go for a trans joke?
— Mina Hyena Should Be Writing (@MxMinaHyena) May 18, 2017
This was funny until it ended at the expense of a marginalized group. #DroppedTheBall
— Nonbinary Space Dragon 🏳️🌈 (@StormStarborne) May 17, 2017
Trevor Noah’s competing show, ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ has taken a more upfront policy with confronting President Donald Trump.
After the US President branded ‘The Late Show’ host “a no-talent guy”, Colbert hit back at the president with no restraint, saying: “You’re turning into a real prick-tator. Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine. You have more people marching against you than cancer. You talk like a sign language gorilla that got hit in the head”.