As Daily Show host Trevor Noah prepares for an upcoming stand-up comedy tour in Australia, some Aussies are calling for a boycott in retaliation for a joke in which he characterized Aboriginal women as ugly. After video emerged of the joke, which Noah made during one one of his stand-up performances in 2013, a number of notable indigenous Australians took the comedian to task on Twitter, pointing out that such comments were particularly abhorrent coming from a social commentator who has frequently remarked on the damaging impact of racial stereotypes.
“All women of every race can be beautiful,” Noah declares in the joke, which has largely been scrubbed from social media. “I know some of you are sitting there now going, ‘Oh Trevor … I’ve never seen a beautiful Aborigine’ But you know what you say? 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.”
In response to the video, indigenous Australians, including famous academic Anita Heiss and former Australian National Rugby League Player Joe Williams said they were “disgusted and appalled” by the “attempted humor,” and called on Noah to apologize. Responding to the criticism, Noah said he had changed in the five years since his offensive comments, and that he had “vowed never to make a joke like that again.”
I'd love to visit another community in Oz Joe. Always open to learning more 🙏🏽
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) July 23, 2018
@joewilliams_tew 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.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) July 22, 2018
Previously, when Noah was first named as host of the Daily Show in 2015, he also faced criticism over his proclivity for misogynistic jokes. Noah apologized at the time, referring to his younger self as an “idiot,” and has since credited Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for convincing him to publicly identify as a feminist.
Watch video of Noah’s offensive joke below.
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