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On Wednesday night’s episode of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart addressed the terrorist attack on the Paris offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead, including eight journalists. Though the comedian is known for his own satirical spin on the news, Stewart was serious and straight-faced while discussing the attack.

“I know very few people go into comedy as an act of courage, mainly because it shouldn’t have to be that,” the comedian said. “It shouldn’t be an act of courage, it should be taken as established law. But those guys at Hebdo had it and they were killed for their cartoons.”

“A stark reminder that for the most part the legislators and journalists and institutions that we jab and ridicule are not in any way the enemy. For however frustrating or outraged the back and forth can become it’s still back and forth, a conversation amongst those on let’s call it ‘Team Civilization.’ And this type of violence only clarifies that reality.”

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