On Thursday, “The Daily Show” took a look at Amazon’s plan to open a headquarters in Queens, New York City, with correspondent Jaboukie Young-White openly calling on viewers to protest the move — in part because it’s going to make Queens extremely uncool.
Asked by host Trevor Noah if Amazon opening up a NYC HQ is bad, Young-White said “It’s more than bad… it’s cliched. Amazon has been around for 24 years, and now they’re doing what, like, any 24 year old does: Move to New York, and gentrify a neighborhood.”
“They could have at least spent a year teaching English in Bangladesh,” he added.
Noah countered with Amazon’s promise to invest $2.5 billion into the city. “OK, but New York is already giving Amazon three billion dollars,” said Young-White. “Who wouldn’t take that deal? I could give you that if you gave me three billion dollars. You want jobs? Count my money, b—-.”
But according to Young-White the worst part is how dull Queens is gonna be. “Queens used to have street cred,” he said. “Now when I tell people I live in Queens, they’ll tell me ‘oh, could you return this package for me?’”
It was then that Young-White suggested opponents should protest the Amazon move, to loud cheers from the in-studio audience. But even he couldn’t escape Amazon’s pull, as his protest sign was delivered by an Amazon deliverer (played by correspondent Ronny Chieng).