Comedian Jon Stewart made a rare media appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday night. The former “Daily Show” host was Colbert’s first post-COVID guest, and ended up angering liberals by mocking those who dismissed the Wuhan lab leak as a conspiracy theory.
“I think we owe a great debt of gratitude to science,” Stewart began, initially praising the work to help stem the pandemic. The praise, however, was short lived, as he added, “They helped ease the suffering of this pandemic… which was more than likely, caused by science.”
Stewart then, in his patented sarcastic and biting tone, laid out how absurd it is to dismiss the idea that it came from a lab in China.
When Colbert mentioned that there was a chance it could’ve come from a lab, an incredulous Stewart retorted, “A chance?! ‘There’s a novel respiratory coronavirus overtaking Wuhan, China – what do we do?’ Oh, you know who we could ask? The Wuhan novel respiratory coronavirus lab. The disease is the same name as the lab! That’s just a little too weird, don’t you think?”
He continued to hammer away, highlighting the absurdity of tossing the lab leak possibility aside as a conspiracy.
“So wait a minute, you work at the coronavirus respiratory lab — how did this happen?’ And they’re like ‘Hmm, a penguin kissed a turtle?'”
He went on to compare the situation to a massive chocolate outbreak near Hershey, PA and people wondering where it came from, before colorfully pointing out the obvious — most likely the massive chocolate factory.
His rant drew hearty laughs and applause from the audience, but online it was a different story. People who have been sounding the alarm, celebrating the slow recognition of the possibility of a lab leak in Wuhan being the origin of the virus, applauded Stewart. Those who bought the conspiracy theory narrative push by the left, the media, and social media platforms, however, were less than pleased.
A fan on Twitter, as noted by Newsweek, wrote: “I honestly can’t tell if @jonstewart is doing a bit or not while he goes on a conspiracy-filled rant about Wuhan and the coronavirus… like wow, way to throw more gas on the fire on the anti-Asian hate.”
Here’s the full segment:
Faithwire’s 4&3 Podcast covered how the media initially dismissed the lab leak origin possibility as a mere conspiracy, only to have to backtrack and now take serious as many officials and agencies are changing course.
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