Jon Stewart Thanks Boston For "Inspiring and Solidifying My Belief in Humanity and the People of this Country"
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Jon Stewart Thanks Boston For "Inspiring and Solidifying My Belief in Humanity and the People of this Country"

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | April 17, 2013 | Comments ()


In his first show back since the Boston Marathon bombing, Jon Stewart opened his show with a few words about the city of Boston, putting aside the New York/Boston rivalry and expressing a lot of love for the city in the face of gross inhumanity.

Oftentimes the two cities are accusing each other of various levels of suckitude. But it is in situations like this that we realize it is clearly a sibling rivalry and that we are your brothers and sisters. In this type of event, as a city that knows the feeling of confusion, anger, and grief, and chaos that comes with these events, I can tell you from personal experience, you've got a hell of a city going there. And you've done an incredible job in the face of all of this.

If you missed it, you should also see Craig Ferguson's monologue on the Boston attacks from Monday night. "Is anyone else sick of this sh*t?" he asks. He does an admirable job of capturing our collective anger.

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  • Pants-are-a-must

    Craig Ferguson is the man Piers Morgan should wish he was.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I was really impressed with Colbert's opening last night, too. Which is good, because I was pissed they were both off Monday night when I needed them.

  • chanohack

    As was I.

  • jim kizer

    Craig Ferguson is brilliant.

  • Craig touched briefly on something I've been thinking about, but hesitant to articulate: considering the time and the place, whoever did this clearly failed to achieve the amount of destruction they intended. I'm not trying to diminish the horror, or lessen the impact of every single death and every injury, both physical and spiritual. One of either is too many. Any intent to terrify/terrorize is decreased by the way people pull together in the aftermath, which is a kind of beauty in the midst of unspeakable ugliness. So my hope/thought/prayer in regards to such terrible acts, if they can't be prevented, is this: may all bombers prove incompetent.

  • Dragonchild

    Yeah, it's very hard to put it in perspective without looking like you're downplaying it, but 3 deaths is less than the kill count when some sicko decides to off his family. It's a bona fide tragedy and I'm grateful for the concern but why was everyone I know asking if I'm OK? I was at work and the bombs were probably less destructive than hand grenades! That said, the media has made a royally sloppy mess of things and I fear that, once again, we'll find a way to make the reaction far worse than the tragedy itself.

  • Yeah, my point isn't 'it wasn't as bad as it could have been, so everyone just get over it and move on.' It's more...while mourning the lives unnecessarily lost, while helping the wounded, while picking up and recovering, it's important to look at the good. It's important to look at how people pull together when it's important, and how when someone takes upon themselves to display the worst of humanity, so many others show the best. And it's important, too, to take a moment to be grateful for the lives that weren't lost and the people who weren't hurt.

  • BlackRabbit

    I am now a Craig Ferguson fan.

  • NateMan

    It's always worthwhile to be a Craig Ferguson fan. He's said some really brilliant stuff over the years. He's bowed out of making fun of celebrity's when they go through clear breakdowns, and his monologue when his father died puts tears in my eyes every time I've heard it.

    In fact, I feel the need to share:

  • $27019454

    Thank you. He never fails to elicit some sincere, genuine response in me -- joy, melancholy, peace. I love him. For this and for so many reasons.

  • NateMan

    I'm not going to watch the Craig one now; we always DVR his show and I want to watch it with my wife tonight. But thank you for posting Jon's words. As usual, he kept things simple and heartfelt, and they were very much appreciated.

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