Trevor Noah's Racist Joke Sparks Calls To Boycott Australian Tour
The comedian is facing backlash over a 2013 stand-up performance in which he makes a crude joke about Indigenous women.
There have been growing calls for Australians to boycott Trevor Noah’s upcoming tour Down Under after footage resurfaced on Twitter of the comedian making a distasteful joke about Indigenous women.
In a 2013 stand-up special called It’s My Culture, the Daily Show host included a comedy routine about race and the various concepts of beauty -- but it’s his derogatory jab at the physical appearance of Aboriginal women that has people rightfully outraged.
"All women of every race can be beautiful,” Noah begins. “And I know some of you are sitting there now going, ‘Oh Trevor, yeah, but I’ve never seen a beautiful Aborigine’. Yeah, but you know what you say? You say ‘yet’, that’s what you say; ‘yet’. Because you haven’t seen all of them, right?”
“Plus it’s not always about looks, maybe Aborigine women do special things, maybe they’ll just like, jump on top of you,” he concludes, making a didgeridoo sound meant to imply oral sex.
The video was later reposted by Indigenous former NRL player Joe Williams, who called out the performer for his comments.
“As a man of colour, you are usually in point with racism & divide,” he begins. “Here you are perpetrating & encouraging racial abuse!! #boycotttrevornoahinoz.”
With several Twitter users echoing Williams’ disgust, Noah replied to the Aussie sportsman, saying: “You're right. After visiting Australia's Bunjilaka museum and learning about aboriginal history first hand I vowed never to make a joke like that again. And I haven't. I'll make sure the clip from 2013 is not promoted in any way.”
After the video was removed, Williams commented that he hoped the host would let him “take him to the community for some cultural awareness & front and apologise to our staunch and beautifully caring women.”
Noah replied, “I'd love to visit another community in Oz Joe. Always open to learning more.”
While the beef between these two seems to be off the grill, others -- particularly fellow Indigenous Australians -- felt that the apology was contrived.
“I am so disgusted and appalled by the comments by @Trevornoah and his attempted humour that denigrates Aboriginal women,” wrote author Dr. Anita Heiss, adding, “I hope Australians boycott his shows in #Brisbane #Sydney #Melbourne #Perth #Australia That kind of ‘humour’ is not funny and does damage! #racismitstopswithme.”
It’s not been a great week for the talk show host, who was dragged by the French ambassador to the U.S., Gerard Araud, after joking that Africa won the World Cup following France’s win.
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