Stephen Colbert had his first live show since the start of the pandemic with a fully vaccinated audience and his friend, Jon Stewart, as his guest.
But Stewart caused a liberal meltdown by going all-in on the Wuhan lab leak theory in a rant that was part serious and part incredibly funny.
“So, I will say this,” Stewart said. “And I honestly mean this. I think we owe a great debt of gratitude to science. Science has, in many ways, helped ease the suffering of this pandemic, which was more than likely caused by science.”
Stewart joked about the theory that the virus naturally evolved through animals. “Uh, a pangolin kissed a turtle?…Maybe a bat flew into the cloaca of a turkey and then it sneezed into my chili and now we all have coronavirus?”
He made the point of the interesting coincidence that the place of origin of the virus would be near the lab looking into such things. “There’s been an outbreak of chocolatey goodness near Hershey, Pennsylvania, what do you think happened? I don’t know, maybe a steam shovel made it with a cocoa bean? Or it’s the f**king chocolate factory!”
Colbert then tried to say it was a conspiracy theory by attacking Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). “And how long have you worked for Senator Ron Johnson?”
But Stewart wasn’t having any of it, “This is not a conspiracy!” He also went on to say that sometimes scientists don’t know when to stop, “I love them and they do such good work but they are going to kill us all.”
Of course, had an actual scientist said this just a month ago, he/she would have been silenced and booted off social media. President Donald Trump, scientists, and other officials raised this, but they were all treated as though this was a conspiracy theory and dismissed.
Now, Jon Stewart is opening the door to critical thinking on liberal media. Let’s hope he opened some minds.
But some on the left are still refusing delivery and were disturbed with him for pushing a “conspiracy theory.”
Check out this crazy take on reality from the Independent.
Many viewers condemned Stewart for his comments, with one person writing on Twitter: “He’s spitting harmful conspiracy theories… so that’s fun.”
“Oh my god Jon Stewart is a lab leak believer? Oof,” posted another.
A third said: “That was painful to watch. I feel like I just learned my favourite uncle is a conspiracy nut.”
The idea that Covid-19 could have escaped from a lab has long been dismissed by members of the scientific community, while others have derided such theories due to their connection with former President Donald Trump.
However, calls from his successor Joe Biden for a transparent investigation into the origins of Covid-19 have recently brought the theory back under the spotlight.
What made this a “conspiracy theory?” Simply the Democratic narrative because Trump mentioned it. It was never not a theory and it was never debunked. Liberal media just refused to accept the evidence that suggested it until recently. But imagine trying to push that now that it’s being looked into because of Joe Biden’s “calls” for a transparent investigation. That’s truly the twilight zone. Biden is the one who shut down the State Department investigation into the theory and literally had to be forced into accepting that it should be investigated. He also refused to help Congressional inquiries.
But good for Jon Stewart because this is what political comedy is supposed to do: be funny, push the envelope, and raise things that make you think.