A Cursive Comeback in New Jersey & Art Basel’s Pricey Banana Exhibit | The Daily Show

A Cursive Comeback in New Jersey & Art Basel’s Pricey Banana Exhibit | The Daily Show

Elementary school– it’s
that special time in your life when you find out
if you’re a bully or if you can fit into a locker. But now the state
of New Jersey is worried that schools have stopped
teaching the important stuff. NEWSWOMAN:
Learning cursive… may soon be making a return
to schools in New Jersey. Yeah, a state lawmaker
has introduced a bill requiring elementary school students
to learn to read and write in script
by the end of the third grade. Many schools stopped
mandating cursive in 2019. If passed,
cursive would be required by the next full school year. Okay, I’m sorry, what?
Lawmakers in New Jersey are pushing for schools
to start teaching cursive again? While they’re at it, why not
teach the kids to drive wagons and churn their own butter
for lunch? Just have kids in the cafeteria
like, “Hark, I am famished “from a day’s journey
hunting the Pokémon. Hath thou a Tide pod
for my repast?” Guys, it’s 2019.
We don’t need cursive anymore. Okay? And, like,
we should be able to admit that it’s always looked
pretty stupid. Like, try and write
a capital “G.” It just looks like
a drunk-ass music note. -(laughter)
-It’s like, “What are you?” (descending pitch):
“Eh-eh.” And the arguments for the law
honestly don’t make any sense. Right? Like,
one New Jersey lawmaker says, “Kids need to learn cursive, because that’s how they wrote
the Constitution.” What does that mean?
What does that mean? Like, you don’t need
to learn cursive to read the Constitution. Also, not everyone needs
to read the Constitution. All right? They might have
a job where it’s not important. Like accountant, or president
of the United States. -(laughter)
-(air horn blowing) (cheering, applause) Here’s the thing, man–
this happens every generation. Right? This always happens. Young people adapt
to new technology, and then old people
want everyone to learn how they learned. I wouldn’t be shocked
if in 50 years we’ll be complaining
about our grandkids like, “I hate how kids don’t text
with their thumbs anymore! “Phones just scan
your texts now. “In my day, from your brain,
you couldn’t do that. “You had to look down
at your phone like a real person “and walk into things
head first! That’s how we kept
our brains hard!” All right, but let’s move on
to the world of art. People are always searching
for new ways to express the human condition, and also to find cool ways
to take people’s money. And this next exhibit
from Art Basel in Miami may be the greatest scam
of all time. Two inexpensive, everyday items -are now passing
for pricey works of art. -Hmm. A banana duct-taped to a wall
is now selling for $150,000 at a Miami art festival. The piece is titled Comedian. Two earlier editions
have already sold for $120,000 each. (laughter) (laughter) I honestly don’t know
what to think about this, because… on the one hand, I guess
this banana is a comment on how all art is temporary and eventually everything
withers and dies, but… on the other hand, -it’s a (bleep) banana taped
to the wall. -(laughter) Because honestly, I don’t know
about a banana as art. All I know is I want art
with a long shelf life. Could you imagine if you bought
Michelangelo’s David, and the next day
it turns all brown and mushy? (laughter) What’s also crazy
is that the artist sold three of those bananas for over
a hundred thousand dollars each. You know the person
I feel really bad for? Is the guy at the grocery store
selling him those bananas. Yeah. Because think about it,
the first time the artist comes in, he buys it, like,
“Yeah, 50 cents.” The second time he comes in,
50 cents. Then the guy at the grocery
store sees it on Twitter, and he’s like, “Wait, what?!” Next time the artist comes in,
he’s like, “Can I get another banana?”
He says, “Yeah, $20,000. I’m an artist, too.”

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “A Cursive Comeback in New Jersey & Art Basel’s Pricey Banana Exhibit | The Daily Show

  1. Xiomara says:

    That's such a stupid argument for bringing cursive back! How about learning & retention is better when putting pen to paper? Or some science fields require drawings in addition to words for note taking in college? Like I feel like any lecture in organic chemistry or physics would be much more successful if the student is drawing out the pictures themselves as opposed to looking at them.

  2. perdykool says:

    2:40 exactly my reaction.
    Maybe I'm in the wrong profession if this guy could sell a banana for that much.

  3. International Anti Slavery Commission says:

    They are still teaching the wrong world map. SERIOUSLY! In days of Google maps, they're still using old slave/sailing maps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO7494oJ7mk

  4. Denny's Donuts says:

    As someone who grew up writing a G-name in print and cursive, I very much resent you calling it a drunk music note. It can be quite pretty if you have the skill to actually write it. Personally I think people should be able to read cursive, and know how to write their signature. Not much more is necessary.

  5. Changis Khan says:

    …I know cursive

  6. Keenan Thomas says:

    I write cursive as much as I can bc it’s way better than my print. With cursive the pen stays on the paper. However, forms always require print. My print game looks like a serial killer.

  7. Paul Lambert says:

    I still think cursive should be taught.
    Why? …
    Studies show handwritten notes help you retain information better than typed notes and cursive is more efficient than printing.
    Primary source research requires in depth knowledge of cursive because most records kept in the West prior to the 1930s were handwritten in cursive.
    To develop a proper and unique signature, you must be well versed in cursive.
    Finally, it's fun! Check out fountain pen users, manufacturers, and vendors on YouTube, reddit and Instagram.

  8. Paul Lambert says:

    It looks like most of the commenters are "pro-cursivists."

  9. Zen Jon says:

    I want to make a fake of the banana on the wall… for, like, a buck. And laugh at the people who spent 100k on it

  10. A rok/MSPHT says:

    Cursive is dope dude. Quit bombing on it bitch!

  11. kohljackal says:

    Have to disagree about cursive. They should be learning how to write like a civilized person. Other things they can't do…read an analog clock, tie shoes, address an envelope properly.

  12. TheEpicAlpaca says:

    Voting should be online

  13. Solomon K. says:

    I love you man and I love your show and every episode. I agree with everything else but in the matter of cursive writing in my opinion you are wrong. If people continue with this mentality then we dont need to learn about history coz its past and no one cares about past. Who cares about the constitution or etc.

  14. Vonn KilluCo says:

    What's the big deal with learning cursive. Sounds like they wanna do less work. Suck it up buttercup.

  15. debbie s says:

    Hey, leave accountant out of this mess 😡

  16. Evan Barnes says:

    Handwriting notes is actually really important for learning and developing memory skills, as well as helping develop neuromuscular coordination skills. Research shows that typing notes is less effective for creating strong memories. Learning cursive is definitely worthwhile, honestly. I am in fact teaching a class on this subject right now.

  17. Evan Barnes says:

    Modern art is bullshit. Modern dance is doubly so

  18. skyson b pei says:

    Art is an explosion!!!

  19. Meh says:

    I see people every day on the internet asking for somebody who can read cursive so they can make out letters their grandparents wrote and suchlike. It's good for coordination and brain function too. There's nothing wrong with learning cursive and being able to read handwriting.

  20. Connie Machuca says:

    When was the last time Trevor Noah went grocery shopping for himself? That last joke made no sense.
    No one is monitoring the bananas at the grocery store. And most normal people don't buy just one banana at a time….

  21. Martin Sassenberg says:

    The story continues and gets even more ridicolous: The artis ate the banana!

  22. English Teacher1984 says:

    Cursive (script) develops fine motor skills. It's important.

  23. james francis says:

    Money is the new alzheimers. The more you get the less brain cells you retain.

  24. Ngocky99 says:

    America, always looking to cut corners in education. And then you wonder why you're getting dumber

  25. Maritza Piccarillo says:

    Cursive writing is important.
    I have a wonderful handwriting and a signature that no one can forge.

  26. Lou D. Zissou says:

    Trevor, since you're half Swiss, let me correct you: The art festival is named after the Swiss city of Basel and it is pronounced "Baw'sel", not "Behsil"

  27. Maritza Piccarillo says:

    What happens when the banana rots?

  28. T Russell says:

    I like the cursive writing. Learning this helped me perfect my signature as a teacher once told me that my signature is a reflection on how I'm seen in this world.

  29. sakatababa says:

    cursive is actually a good thing. complex finger and wrist movement is helping brain to develop more complex neural pathways.
    but, hey, don't take my word for it. listen to scientists.
    if anything, not only they should return cursive, they should teach it as early as possible. in my country it is taught by the end of age 7.

  30. C R says:

    Cursive in schools is not about cursive itself is about a development a fine motor skill.

  31. Mardan P. says:

    Cursive handwriting? Won't happen as long as uncaring administrators and teachers assume handwriting to be a thing of the past.

  32. Alone Alien says:

    I think I would actually support teaching cursive.

  33. NIXON YEE JYSS says:

    I have a dildoe duct tape to a canvas and no body wants to buy it

  34. MarGoLuv says:

    All I am say is this. If you have enough money to buy a banana for over$100k. You can afford a weatlh tax raise to support Medicare for all.

  35. ty thompson says:

    I bet Trevor has terrible handwriting. I can feel it. #callmeTeeBoo

  36. morrischiutw says:

    congralations on the young lady to do your best to manage
    –a size like Shanghai Jingsu province , China
    – 25 % of population of Shanghai

  37. L. Américo says:

    I only learnt cursive back in school and we weren't even allowed to use any other form of script until high school. If you write with a pen or a pencil you should be able to know cursive. Don't be lazy and stupid, learn how to write and not just type in your phones.

  38. Alis Moran says:

    Everyone should know how to read and write in cursive.

  39. JJsays says:

    Hi guys! For those of you who are JUST as puzzled by the banana's popularity as I was before I did a little research… I've made a video about the meaning behind the infamous 120k piece of "art"! Please feel free to check it out!

  40. Margaret M. says:

    You need cursive for your signature. Or what I do: a mix of cursive and pseudo cursive.

  41. Mmc Mmc says:

    But on the other hand…
    its a f bannana take to a wall*

  42. Sophia Harrison says:

    Cursive is useless. There, I said it. Bring on the angry Boomers.

  43. T Someone says:

    I don't write any more. Not in cursive or normal. Everything I need to do is typed. Everything I read is typed. Old people go to sleep.

  44. Rick C says:

    The worst thing is that it's a blatant ripoff of Andrew Warhol's art for The Velvet Underground and Nico.

  45. Stacey Thieme says:

    I have to disagree with you on the cursive topic. Some schools in Milwaukee area stopped teaching cursive about 15 years ago and that choice has made their graduates partially illiterate. I've seen high school graduates asking people to read them what someone wrote on their Congratulations cards! And they had to completely trust that the person told them the truth because they were completely clueless. They would be easy targets for swindlers.

    My kids' school district teaches it sporadically and not until 4th or 5th grade. My daughter taught herself how to read cursive because she wanted to read books like Babysitter's Club and other books where parts of it are written in cursive (to differentiate which character is speaking). It's sad to think that in 3rd grade my daughter could read things that a college student couldn't.

    And I don't even know about their possible struggles in college & beyond. For one of my history classes, I had to read historical documents and letters (most were in cursive). They would have needed a tutor to do those assignments. And knowing how to sign your name in cursive is important too. The high school graduates who don't know cursive, sign their names like a little kid- even on legal documents and checks- because it's the only way they know to sign their name. This makes them an easy target of forgery. I think these are important enough reasons to learn cursive.

  46. Craig Hodgson says:

    Da da this pleases me

  47. Louie Gutierrez says:

    I have about half a million in my kitchen rn.

  48. Lory Queen says:

    man i cant get enough of american news, they have so much unneccesary problems every single day i just cant process it. they are not in 2019 they are soooo ahead of everyone, look the problems in the world and just see the immense difference. God bless the United States of America

  49. cannibalbananas says:

    I see people talk about money laundering with the banana "art", but I've read that art is a way of avoiding capital gains, estate & inheritance taxes as well. Either way a ducted tape banana is not art imo, and the purchase was done as a scam.

  50. CalmingNight says:

    I have a apple glued to the floor, asking price is $500,000

  51. Diego Sacramento says:

    I fucking love Trevor but I think kids should learn cursive. I’m 22 and I learned cursive and it challenges the maturing mind with mastering a different component of the language. It doesn’t detract from them. It parallels their history and connects them, offering a different narrative to the print they see or a cool story to the cursive they may sometimes glimpse in the everyday world. In fact I wasn’t aware it had stopped being a requirement until this video and that’s quite baffling. Lmao… “ban cursive! Let them learn less!” That mentality literally makes no sense.

  52. Matt Newhouse says:

    I demand all 60 and older learn text short hand

  53. SALL Penda Solène says:

    Now that explains why I'm always baffled by the perceived "childishness" of Americans' handwriting… I only learnt cursive, it's the norm everywhere I've been, except Switzerland and East Asia.

  54. tarteauxframboises says:

    Cursive is beautiful and develops brain areas that are not developed by any other type of manual activity.https://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/04/30/should-schools-require-children-to-learn-cursive/the-benefits-of-cursive-go-beyond-writing

  55. Nicole Wulff says:

    Wow nice Art😂😂😂😂

  56. Ican FeeLIt says:

    They stopped teaching how to write? Wtf

  57. thatgirl maj says:


  58. Tre da 5'9 says:

    Cursive is stupid, but if you've read any adult under 30's handwriting… you'd see it has its benefits. I print, i was never fast writing in cursive, but my handwriting is legible because I didn't stop writing in the 1st grade.

  59. FlamingAtheist says:

    spend years and years drawing and making illustrations, putting in hours, days, weeks on pieces until its something you can be proud of

    Some fucker comes along and tapes a bananas to the wall in 2 minutes and makes half a million

  60. Akiko Fujishima says:

    We still need cursive, we still use cursive to sign documents, especially legal documents such as court documents or your lease, same thing with medical records and contracts.. You may be able to sign electronically, I do at my doctors office. I write my signature with my finger on a touch screen, and even though it's new tech in the medical field I am still required to use my proper signature, and not print. That's why they have you sign and print your damn name. I'm not an old person, but I do realize that cursive is still very much relevant in certain situations. Some documents specifically require you to have a signature rather than just printing your name. Cursive has also been proven to improve cognitive development. If cognitive development isn't important in this nation, no wonder the world is continuing to think Americans are stupid as hell. It's also easier to forge print than it is cursive. Thinking cursive is completely irrelevant even today is to completely ignore the very valid uses for it, or to just not even know the very valid uses for it.

    Besides, why wouldn't you want to learn it? It's easy as hell to learn, and probably the least stress inducing thing you'll ever learn in school…lol. Script writing has so many beautiful purposes as well, it's not just about losing a writing style, but also an art form. 🙂

    That's like saying painting portraits and other art is invalid or useless because it's an old practice. If we lose cursive, future generations will have to decipher their own language because they can't read the bloody script writing…lol!


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  62. Gh0stNoName says:

    Honestly I think cursive is important.

  63. StarlitLilies says:

    Idk, I've come across people who can't read cursive and it's kinda sad that someone has to translate for them every single time…

  64. DresdenDoll79 says:

    I feel bad for people who don't see the value and relevance cursive still serves in life. Call me classist and ableist, I truly don't care. If I come across somebody (especially in the professional realm) whose handwriting looks like a 3rd graders, and they're not otherwise disabled somehow, then yes, I'm judging you. In the exact same way I judge people for giving weak handshakes. And for the record, I'm a millennial.

  65. Riliame Blum says:

    The ancient Greek had their sculptures, Romans their mosaic, and the Baroque its vivid, dramatic oil paintings. But the great form of art in our time is animation. Not the stuff that literally looks like garbage, or whenever somebody draws ONE line over a canvas. It's animation.

  66. exogaming says:

    I was teach cursive for like 4 years and i still don’t know how to read it or write it it’s just useless

  67. Pedro AC says:

    cursive does help some people

  68. MrGuy Unknown says:

    This is how Mafia works.
    Doing unnecessary, stupid and useless Stuff ignoring all the other Important Things aside

  69. S Kools says:

    When buying the banana, you don’t actually get the banana. You get a certificate. A certificate that explains how to tape a banana to the wall yourself.

  70. L V says:

    Wait, we stopped using cursive??

  71. hamham isedd but is more chill says:

    To be honest, cursive works when you're penmanship is fucking good

    My ex boyfriend writes cursive and I can't fucking read that shit

  72. Suteppi &Me says:

    I write in cursive and I think is beautiful but it's not something to make a law about it lol. I do think learning cursive is important but the reason is stupid. You don't have to read the original constitution, now a days is on the internet. You learn cursive because it helps you write words more beautiful and clean.

  73. Yuriy Gayevskiy says:

    Banana and tape thing is a simple example of movement against retinal art…Call it Anti-art, Dadaism…whatever. It's justified to be valued and sold

  74. adoranymphlupin says:

    As an artist, I see what this guy's trying to do. As someone who loathes food waste, those are perfectly good bananas and they're going to waste being taped to a wall!

  75. ThiNo737 says:

    In many european countries learning to write cursive is a basic skill and is taught at the first grade of elementary school. As a university student I write cursive everyday and I couldn't imagine not being able to do it, because it's just so much easier. I'm a bit shocked honestly that this topic even exists because it's such a useful skill that doesn't take a lot of time and effort to be taught to kids.

  76. Bojack Horseman says:

    Trevor Noah is just the kind of person I expect to be too stupid to read cursive.

    Learning cursive helps develop handwriting and fine motor skills. Some people's handwriting is so bad that they can't even read what they themselves wrote. Quality penmanship is still an artform that helps people appreciate the written word and better understand the language. Also, a lot of archived written language one would need to study for research, is written in cursive.

    Just because you don't understand it's importance doesn't mean you should talk it down.

  77. Bhakti Patel says:

    A banana for $150,000?

    Why are Americans like this?

  78. I am a loaf of Bread says:

    That was cash money of who ever to sell a damn banana 3 times and the dumb people willing to buy that for 100 thousand dollars, Amazing, truly.

  79. Nicole Loriev says:

    I cant write in cursive but im from nj and im glad to hear its bing taught again. maybe its because i enjoy linguistics but i think its something that should learned, stupid tradition as it may be its key step in the evolution of our language and frankly i think although not a daily necssity it should be preserved

  80. William Perez says:

    Are you fucking kidding me

  81. Lazie Kid says:

    Look cursive is necessary u know how many people of this gen can do a simple signature from not knowing cursive its more then fancy writing but it takes a skill to run a whole word together.

  82. Lazie Kid says:

    You Don't see a president or anybody with power signings with basic letter like a kindergarteners.. Its a signature and famous player has a signature

  83. Silent 07 says:

    Cursive is actually pretty useful. It can help with hand & eye coordination, cleaner handwriting, and strengthens the muscles in your wrist.

  84. Vitjo Motion Pictures says:

    I think the fact they called it comedian shows you how the artists is having a great laugh.

  85. Carindl says:

    After the banana, another "artist" (david danuta) came along and ate it – "insagrammable art" at it's worst…

  86. Yunuen Uribe says:

    I would have to disagree. Cursive helps dislexia and ADHD kids to differenciate the letters. Also, it has more benefits that would help children

  87. Lafdhuun Gashay says:

    They dont mean "cursive" , they meant teach them curse language.

  88. Bineta Toure says:

    Picasso we miss you 😭💐

  89. Alexandra Ciortan says:

    Seriously? I learned to write cursive, and I always thought that it's something much more "unique" than the non-cursive writing methods. I could never write in a different way but cursive. I think it's good for a kid to learn this, and it should be encouraged.

  90. MonsterCat says:

    Seriously, who doesn't use cursive? It's so much faster to write in cursive and so much less choppy on the hand movement. Like, do you wanna write smoothly or lift your pen every quarter sevond? Come on. Use cursive.

  91. DiscreetNinja TV says:

    If Cursive was funny, think about in Malaysia now the Government is passing the Khat Bill (Islamic Calligraphy) to be mandatory to all Non Muslim elementary school kids. These Islamic assholes running the country still living in 6th century, while u guys with cursive are far ahead in 18th Century

  92. George on the Rocks says:

    Sir, I disagree. Learning cursive allows the brain to form additional pathways which enables the brain to be more elastic and creative. Taking away cursive is just another way to dumb down America.

  93. Lwazi M says:

    Money laundering has become so easy nowadays


    A Must Watch ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZSZxEcXRkk&t=57s

  95. Hari Menon says:

    I learnt to write in cursive back in school and I love it. That's some bad advice Trevor.

  96. Lanny Yeomans says:

    oh boy i know what this clown can do with banana? give up ? shove it where the sun does not shine.

  97. leon edwards says:

    I think we should at least learn how to write which a lot of schools don’t even do anymore

  98. Jesse Tongen says:

    Talk shows suck ass omfg get off youtube.
    God forbid we make our kids smarter in this country full of morons.

  99. Brenyatta says:

    You talked about ridiculous cursive, and didn’t mention a capital Q? A cursive capital Q is LITERALLY a 2!

    Seriously, even when I was learning cursive at 7 years old, I realized how ridiculous it was.

  100. McClapper That Claps says:

    I mean, it doesn't hurt to learn cursive at a young age :v

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