Jon Stewart was the first guest with a full studio audience on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert since the pandemic started and he stunned the liberal audience by mocking those who deny the pandemic leaked from a Wuhan lab.
“I think we owe a great debt of gratitude to science,” Stewart started. “Science has, in many ways, helped ease the suffering of this pandemic—which was more than likely caused by science. Novel respiratory coronavirus overtaking Wuhan, China,” he said. “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? And then you have some scientists who are like, ‘So wait a minute, you work at the Wuhan Respiratory Coronavirus Lab. How did this happen?’ And they’re like, ‘Mmmm, a pangolin kissed a turtle?
“No! Look at the name! Show me your business card! ‘Oh, I work at the Coronavirus Lab in Wuhan.
“Oh, because there’s a coronavirus loose in Wuhan. How did that happen?’ ‘Maybe a bat flew into the cloaca of a turkey and then it sneezed into my chili and now we all have coronavirus.’ Like, come on.
“Oh my god, there’s been an outbreak of chocolatey goodness near Hershey, Pennsylvania,” Stewart added.
“What do you think happened? Like, oh, I don’t know. Maybe a steam shovel mated with a cocoa bean—or it’s the f***ing chocolate factory. Maybe that’s it.”
Colbert said at one point: “It could be possible that they have the lab in Wuhan to study the novel coronavirus diseases because in Wuhan there are a lot of coronavirus diseases because of the bat population there.”
“This is not a conspiracy” Stewart said. “But this is the problem with science. Science is incredible, but they don’t know when to stop and no one in the room with those cats ever goes, ‘I don’t know if we should do that.’ They’re like, ‘Curiosity killed the cat, so let’s kill 10,000 cats to find out why.’
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.”