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Noah was asked what it was like to be called a “sellout” and the “devil” for interviewing the conservative Lahren, who has in the past compared Black Lives Matter to the Ku Klux Klan.
“I know that it’s hard to come into my space,” said Noah, adding that while Lahren says things he doesn’t agree with, she was gracious in appearing on a show that espouses views that oppose her own. “What I didn’t like was afterward, people who claim to be progressive saying things like, ‘Oh, this c-word, this bitch.'”
The Daily Show host said that when people commended him for putting that “dumb blonde bitch in her place” they were just using misogyny to bring someone down. After the multiple heated reactions on Twitter, Noah said he and his producers met up with Lahren and her producers to speak and thank her for coming on his show. However, some media outlets cut the producers out of the picture and made it seem like Noah and Lahren were out on a date.
Noah said that he has many conservative people on his show, and nobody notices when he speaks to an “average-looking white man,” but then they accuse him of speaking with Lahren only because she’s a “blonde, beautiful woman.” Another criticism he takes issue with is people who said he’s giving Lahren and her views airtime by inviting her on.
“I do not believe we are in a situation where we are providing exposure,” said Noah, pointing out that Lahren has plenty of exposure on her own show and already has a platform. He said he is just trying to get into Lahren’s space and talk to her as a person, but more important, it’s about “trying to talk to people who would never hear you in the first place.”
Noah likened it to when musicians from different music genres feature each other on albums, in an effort to mix the two and reach a bigger audience. “It doesn’t mean you have to agree, but at least you’re in the world where you are hearing the opposing view,” said Noah.
He indicated that increased exposure to different types of people could lead to tolerance. He said he has noticed that when people are consistently in contact with someone of another race, he finds that “racism doesn’t hold up.” He added, “In America, where do they hate Muslim people the most? The places where there are none.”
The conversation shifted over to Trump, and Noah said he doesn’t think Trump is going to change when he’s in office. “The man has never changed,” exclaimed Noah. “I don’t see him changing now. I don’t know how a presidency would now be the reason you go, ‘Oh maybe I’m going to change my ways.'” But he added that if in four years Trump has been a great president for all Americans, he doesn’t mind admitting that he was wrong.
Listen below to hear Noah talk about Lahren, Trump, realizing he lives in a misogynistic world and why claiming victimhood is not the same as saying that the playing field is not level.
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