Who is Tracey McShane? Jon Stewart proposed to his wife through crossword puzzle
Jon Stewart has been criticized for suggesting that the novel coronavirus did leak from the Wuhan lab. The 58-year-old appeared on 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' Monday night, June 14, where he stated, “The disease is the same name as the lab. That’s just a little too weird!” After being welcomed by Colbert on the show, Stewart expressed his happiness and said, “And I know we’re all vaccinated and I’m not going to get COVID, but I’m going to get something. These people did not take good care of themselves during the pandemic.”
When he was asked about his opinion on the state of the scientific response to the pandemic, the ‘Big Daddy’ star said, “So, I will say this—and I honestly mean this—I think we owe a great debt of gratitude to science. Science has, in many ways, helped ease the suffering of this pandemic, which was more than likely caused by science.” His response reportedly left Colbert amazed, who then questioned him, “Do you mean perhaps there’s a chance that this was created in a lab?”
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Stewart replied: “A chance? Oh my god, there’s a novel respiratory coronavirus overtaking Wuhan, China, what do we do? Oh, you know who we could ask? The Wuhan novel respiratory coronavirus lab. The disease is the same name as the lab. That’s just a little too weird!” He also added that when scientists who worked in that lab would be questioned their response will be, “Uhh, a pangolin kissed a turtle?” or “Maybe a bat flew into the cloaca of a turkey and then it sneezed into my chili and now we all have coronavirus?”
Stewart also mentioned an analogy to prove his point. He said, “There’s been an outbreak of chocolatey goodness near Hershey, Pennsylvania, what do you think happened? I don’t know, maybe a steam shovel made it with a cocoa bean. Or it’s the fucking chocolate factory!” To which the 57-year-old host pointed out, “That could very well be. It could be possible that they have the lab in Wuhan to study the novel coronavirus diseases because in Wuhan there are a lot of coronavirus diseases because of the bat population there.”
But it seemed Stewart was not in a mood to hear anything else as he continued to make his point. And when Colbert asked him, “And how long have you worked for Senator Ron Johnson?” referring to Johnson’s suspicious claims about treatments for the Covid-19.
He hit back, saying, “This is not a conspiracy! But this is the problem with science. Science is incredible, but they don’t know when to stop and no one in the room with those cats ever goes, ‘I don’t know if we should do that.’ They’re like, ‘curiosity killed the cat, so let’s kill 10,000 cats to find out why.’”
However, eventually, Stewart toned down his words and said, “I have been alone so long. And when I realized that the laboratory was having the same name—first name and last name—of the evil that had been plaguing us, I thought to myself, that’s fucked up,” before once again adding, “Can I say this about scientists? I love them and they do such good work but they are going to kill us all.”
Who is Tracey McShane?
Stewart met his wife Tracey McShane whom he met while working on the 1997 movie, ‘Wishful Thinking’. They were set up on a blind date by a production assistant on the film. The pair got married in 2000 after Stewart proposed to her through a crossword puzzle. They share two kids together -- Nathan “Nate” Thomas Stewart and Maggie Rose Stewart. They were born in July 2004 and February 2006 respectively.
As per reports, McShane is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was born on August 6, 1967. After graduating from California College of Arts and Crafts and Drexel University, she reportedly went on to pursue a career as a graphic designer. However, after Stewart started hosting ‘The Daily Show’, his wife changed her career and studied veterinary science.
McShane then worked as a veterinary technician and also became an animal rights advocate. She has also authored a 2015 book -- ‘Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better’ -- which she published under the name Tracey Stewart.
‘He is sounding insane and irresponsible’
Stewart’s appearance on Colbert and his bold statements created a lot of buzz on Twitter. A user slammed, “He claims the lab leak theory is likely because they had a ‘novel coronavirus lab’ in Wuhan. 'Coronavirus' is a generic name given to a broad group of viruses. We've had dozens of them before, including SARS and MERS. There is no evidence yet that this strain came from a lab.” Another said, “Was gonna write a tweet about how fine aging Jon Stewart looks buuuut…” A user tweeted, “jon stewart on colbert today god bless.”
The second one added, “Just watched a clip of Jon Stewart on Colbert’s show. Is this for reals or was he making fun of ppl parroting the lab leak theory? Coz if he really believes this shit- sorry - but he is sounding insane and irresponsible. Jeez.”
He claims the lab leak theory is likely because they had a "novel coronavirus lab" in Wuhan. 'Coronavirus' is a generic name given to a broad group of viruses. We've had dozens of them before, including SARS and MERS. There is no evidence yet that this strain came from a lab.— Sousuke Sagara stan acc (@pakistansagara) June 15, 2021
Was gonna write a tweet about how fine aging Jon Stewart looks buuuut… 😬— jennfoo (@comeonjennfoo) June 15, 2021
jon stewart on colbert today god bless 😤— mak (@MOLLYSHANNON) June 14, 2021
Just watched a clip of Jon Stewart on Colbert’s show. Is this for reals or was he making fun of ppl parroting the lab leak theory? Coz if he really believes this shit- sorry - but he is sounding insane and irresponsible. Jeez.— kumbalangi knight (@ponninightie) June 15, 2021
However, there were a few who praised too. One user shared, “That’s a lot of truth for mainstream propaganda TV. Good job, Jon!” Another one commented, “Jon Stewart is a national treasure.” The third added, “This is what people are mad at Jon Stewart about? Really? Didn’t Dr. Fauci himself say there’s a possibility Covid may have come from a lab? Anyone?”
That’s a lot of truth for mainstream propaganda TV. Good job, Jon! https://t.co/1GjFhh2pF3— An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) June 15, 2021
Jon Stewart is a national treasure https://t.co/MYiv9egNx6— B1G Mhawk (@B1G_Mhawk) June 15, 2021
This is what people are mad at Jon Stewart about? Really? Didn’t Dr. Fauci himself say there’s a possibility Covid may have come from a lab? Anyone? 🙄 pic.twitter.com/2l6VndCDwn— In My Mind (@MeAloneInMyMind) June 15, 2021