Aug. 6, 2015: the day Jon Stewart signed off The Daily Show after more than 16 years of sharp jabs at political buffoonery, media incompetency, and pretty much everyone and everything in America. Stewart's final episode was very heartfelt, but he refused to get too emotional, insisting that this wasn't really a goodbye at all.
"This show isn't ending," he explained. "We're merely taking a small pause in the conversation."
Despite that truth, he did have a powerful final speech for viewers on the dangers of something simple but quite sinister: bullsh*t.
So let's take a look at the highlights of that speech paired with GIFs of Stewart dancing, emoting and generally having a good time on the show over the years.
"There is very little that you will encounter in life that has not been, in some ways, infused with bullsh*t."
"Not all of it bad. Your general, day-to-day, organic, free-range bullsh*t is often necessary or at the very least innocuous."
"But then there’s the more pernicious bullsh*t, your premeditated institutional bullsh*t designed to obscure and distract."
"Comes in three basic flavors."
"One: Making bad things sound like good things ... Patriot Act, because 'Are you scared enough to let me look at all your phone records act' doesn’t sell."
"Number two: The second way, hiding the bad things under mountains of bullsh*t."
"You know, I would love to download Drizzy’s latest Meek Mill diss ... so I’ll just click agree. Even if it grants Apple prima nocta with my spouse."
"And finally, it’s the bullsh*t of infinite possibility. These bullsh*tters cover their unwillingness to act under the guise of unending inquiry."
"We cannot take action on climate change until everyone in the world agrees gay marriage vaccines won’t cause our children to marry goats who are going to come for our guns."
"Now, the good news is this: bullsh*tters have gotten pretty lazy and their work is easily detected."
"The best defense against bullsh*t is vigilance. So if you smell something, say something.”
Will do, Jon. See you soon.
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