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),
“Wait, did you just order your ‘Boycott Amazon’ sign from Amazon?” asked Noah.
“Yeah,” said Young-White. “What am I gonna do, go to CVS? That place is nasty.”
Watch the clip above.