Trevor Noah Talks About Kanye West, Will Smith, and How Social Media Ruins Civil Discourse!
Trevor Noah didn’t expect his Twitter exchange with Kanye West to go viral. After Noah highlighted West’s behavior with Kim Kardashian on “The Daily Show,” West directed a racial insult at him on Instagram, leading to a one-day ban.
Noah commented on Instagram that “the biggest trick racists ever performed on black people was training us to rob each other of our blackness anytime we disagree” I care when you’re close to danger and pain.”
Noah attacked the Grammys for canceling West’s appearance. Noah described his response on Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast.
“I’ve become more comfortable speaking my mind when the mob forgets we’re dealing with humans,” he says. “It’s simple to stand by and watch a train wreck.
We exclaim, “Oh, I saw that coming” after the train derails. Why weren’t you vocal? Those with a platform must express the truth. See and say.
“I know humans are paradoxical. We can love and loathe someone. Humans are paradoxical. I don’t like a world where we toss people like rubbish. Kanye West has shaped my life forever.
His music has transported me through all stages of my life, but sometimes I think, ‘Man, Kanye, you’re off the tracks.’ I can still say, “I care about you as a person, so I’m speaking up.” I won’t suddenly dislike or detest you.’ That’s how I perceive the world and hope others see me.
“If I’ve engaged you as a human being, and if you like me or anyone in your life, I hope you’d be able to say, ‘Hey, what you’re doing is wrong.'” I think you’re in danger.
And I like you. I don’t discard you’ We’ve gotten used to dismissing people and labeling them irredeemable. I think we should all have a second chance. We should all be redeemed.
On Variety’s Awards Circuit podcast, we talk to Trevor Noah about doing a topical late-night show when the news is so terrible.
Also, the success of his correspondents, the reality that he may be the only weeknight talk show presenter without COVID, how he got his audience rhythm back, and the program’s seven Emmy nominations, the most for the franchise since Noah took over in 2015.
Noah has many intriguing comments about how society in the social media world is quick to judge people’s behavior, celebrity or not. Will Smith assaulted Chris Rock on the Oscars stage days before he hosted the Grammys.
Noah briefly mentioned it on his awards program as one of the major news events. But he says he was troubled by how quickly people discarded a human being.
“Fascinating,” he says. “If we view it through the prism of justice or humanity… What wrong erases all rights and how many rights does it take? Who’s vile? I was astonished by how many people said, “Will Smith is a trash human, he should be in jail.” “Whoa, wow.” Okay.’ That was cool.
Instead of saying, this long-loved individual has done nothing wrong. Mistake. What happened? Should we? Should we explore its humanity? Should we ask? Care? Nope, not anymore.
He adds, “People are instantly defined.” “There’s no gray area. Good people can’t do horrible things. You can’t be bad and good. You’re good or bad. Finally. Society reacts to your last action. I try not to be sucked in.”
Social media is to blame for the world’s rapid, loud, excessive reaction to almost anything.
“Social media has rewarded the hot take,” argues Noah. It has rewarded extremist opinions. If you tweet a nuanced opinion, the algorithm won’t push it as far since it won’t engage as many people, as social media wants.
Inflaming tensions is the best approach to gaining engagement. While that’s excellent for social media companies’ bottom lines, it’s horrible for us.
“If I wanted everyone’s attention on the freeway, I’d provoke a massive accident. Everyone will stop and look, which is bad for the highway.
As a culture, we’re on the freeway, trying to get there. On social media, the algorithm knows that if it creates a massive calamity, everyone will comment. I don’t think that’s good for us.”
This spring, “The Daily Show” returned to its former studios with an in-studio audience after two years.
Noah: “I took it for granted.” “Because the pandemic was so novel, I didn’t realize how important it would be to have proxies for viewers at home. It was first fun, unusual, and novel. Interesting. I liked performing without an audience.
Over time, you forget you’re not smiling as much or establishing eye contact. You forget how others’ feelings affect ours. I’ve recognized how much an audience lifts me since returning to a studio with one.
They’re fun. We talk and debate news. It becomes less about what’s in my thoughts and more about the dialogue I’m having with others.”
“The Daily Program” is nominated for outstanding variety talk show and writing for a variety series. “The Daily Show Presents: Jordan Klepper Fingers the Globe — Hungary for Democracy” was nominated for best variety special writing.
“Jordan often seems magical, like a mentalist,” says Noah. Jordan Klepper is good at what he does because he listens, according to someone who has worked with him.
He listens well. His improv background undoubtedly helps. He’s a fantastic improviser. He hears. It’s interesting how many paradoxes American politicians have.
“Between the Scenes” was nominated for outstanding short nonfiction or reality series. Desi Lydic received her first individual Emmy nomination for “Desi Lydic Foxsplains.”
Noah doesn’t take anything for granted. “It can all disappear tomorrow. Daily, I do my best. My squad is blessed to be on TV, I tell them.
We’re lucky that people still watch. That’s ridiculous for nominations. It’s teamwork. Jen Flanz, my executive producer, grew our crew from 90-something when I took over to 140-150. It shows how hard everyone worked.”
What is Will Smith’s Salary and Net Worth?
Will Smith has been one of the most famous and well-liked people in the world for decades. He is an actor, a film producer, and a rapper. Will Smith is worth $350 million as of this writing.
Will Smith makes at least $40 million a year from his many jobs. In some years, he has made as much as $80 million. For example, Will made $45 million from his various jobs, mostly film salaries, between June 2019 and June 2020.
In the 2000s, when his career was at its peak, Will made between $20 and $30 million per movie. In the past few years, Netflix has paid him a lot of money for just one movie.
He made $20 million for the Netflix movie “Bright” in 2017 and $35 million for the movie’s sequel. With bonuses, he made $60 million for “King Richard” and got an awkward Academy Award.
He is also kind of a big deal on social media. As of this writing, Will has more than 45 million Instagram followers, 8 million YouTube subscribers, and 30 million TikTok followers.