Jon Stewart addressed the death of 12 people in the attack upon the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo office yesterday at the start of last night's episode of The Daily Show.
In a monologue, he said:
I think we'd all agree 2014 was not a great year for… people. But I think the hope was that 2015 would bring sort a respite from the kinds of terrible events that have become all too familiar for us, but our hearts are with the staff of Charlie Hebdo and their families tonight.
I know very few people go into comedy as an act of courage, mainly because it shouldn't have to be that, it should be taken as established, but those guys at Hebdo had it and they were killed for their cartoons.
A stark reminder that for the most part the legislators and journalists and institutions that we jab and ridicule are not in any way the enemy, for however frustrating or outraged the back and forth can become it's still back and forth, a conversation amongst those on, let's call it team civilisation.
And this type of violence only clarifies that reality.
Our goal tonight is not to make sense of this, because there is no sense to be made of this. Our goal as it is always is to keep going. Keep calm and carry on or whatever version of that saying is in your dorm room.
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