Moment of zen
Jon Stewart has joined Twitter, seemingly just so he could weigh in on the GameStop saga — and call out "bullsh--t."
The former host of The Daily Show has made a Twitter account and commented this week on the ongoing drama on Wall Street, as Reddit users rally behind GameStop and other heavily shorted stocks to the chagrin of hedge funds. This led the app Robinhood on Thursday to controversially restrict trading on numerous stocks, a move that might have once prompted a rage-filled Daily Show segment from Stewart. But without his own show, the comedian instead fired off his first tweet from a brand new Twitter account.
"This is bulls--t," Stewart declared. "The Redditors aren't cheating, they're joining a party Wall Street insiders have been enjoying for years. Don't shut them down ... maybe sue them for copyright infringement instead!! We've learned nothing from 2008."
Stewart left The Daily Show in 2015 and handed the reins over to Trevor Noah, though he has since made sporadic appearances on Stephen Colbert's The Late Show, and he directed the political comedy Irresistible last year. His angry defense of Reddit traders is a rare instance in which his reaction is in line with the views of both Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Tweeting evidently isn't a habit Stewart plans to take up too regularly, though. The comedian, who's set to return to TV with an upcoming Apple series, added in a follow-up, "Thanks for the warm welcome! I promise to only use this app in a sporadic and ineffective manner."