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    The former TV host has kept a low profile since his retirement, but often uses his celebrity status to speak on social issues. He's credited with pushing US authorities to approve the extension of a fund that provides healthcare and benefits to the first responders of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, which left almost 3,000 people dead.

    Jon Stewart has caused a stir on social media by creating an account on Twitter to weigh in on the controversy surrounding the shares of gaming merchandise retailer GameStop, in particular, on Robinhood, an application that allows to trade stocks, barring users from buying shares of the company after its shares skyrocketed in part due to a community of amateur investors on Reddit called WSB. Some argued that their actions may be illegal, while the messaging service Discord even banned the group from its platform (more information on the incredible success story of GameStop in our guide).

    Stewart sided with Redditors, while blasting Wall Street insiders.

    "This is bulls**t. The Redditors aren't cheating, they're joining a party Wall Street insiders have been enjoying for years. Don't shut them down...maybe sue them for copyright infringement instead!! We've learned nothing from 2008. Love StewBeef", read the tweet.

    His post received almost 240,000 likes and caused a stir on social media.

    Some users agreed with the former host of "The Daily Show", chastising Wall Street

    ​Others contended that the amateur investors were guilty and noted that Stewart is not helping the little guy.

    ​Many users felt that the government would side with Wall Street and claimed the whole issued could have been an inside job.

    ​Other netizens said the whole issue will end badly for the amateur investors.

    ​Still others were happy to hear from Stewart.

    ​His colleague Stephen Colbert, host of a popular late night show, noted that something had changed since 2008.

    ​The issue around GameStop stopped being solely financial as lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle have called for an investigation after brokerage firms and stock trading apps barred users from buying shares of GameStop and other companies.

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