Trevor Noah Takes On Columbus Day Controversy, Says To Rejoice Fauci As a substitute – Deadline

The celebration of Columbus Day is controversial as more and more people have understood the inadvertent discovery of America by the Italian explorer as a discovery that exploited and led to the killing of large Native American populations. As observers hesitate to take the day off on behalf of Christopher Columbus, the Daily Show host Trevor Noah suggests a new Italian American worth having statues built in his honor: Dr. Anthony Fauci.

“He’s an Italian-American hero, he is loved and respected by everyone, or at least everyone, and he tries to fight disease instead of spreading it across the continent,” joked Noah on Monday. “Best of all, Dr. Fauci is a little guy so you can save the marble expense.”

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The comedian’s suggestion came after the show contained clips from Italian-Americans reprimanding the vandalism and destruction of landmarks and statues commemorating Columbus and other troubled historical figures. From statues of Thomas Jefferson to memorials to the Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, protesters around the world have removed the landmarks.

On the various clips, members of the Italian-American community said such moves did not respect Italian culture, and one member even said the destruction was the equivalent of a 9/11.

“Look man, I don’t care how respectfully you put it, you can’t compare that to 9/11,” he said.

Noah went on to share a video explaining why the statues celebrating Columbus were erected in the first place. Early generations of Italian Americans viewed Columbus as a hero and an example in finding a place in America. Given the multitude of accomplished Italian Americans in various fields, including entertainment and politics, Noah said it might be worth replacing Columbus statues with current community icons.

“The point is, Americans don’t need Columbus to celebrate the deeper meaning of Columbus Day: honoring America’s immigrant heritage, celebrating Italian culture, and most importantly, getting the day off.”

Check out the full clip from The Daily Show above.

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