Trevor Noah: Aboriginal anger as 'disgusting' joke resurfaces

Carla Harmon
July 24, 2018

Indigenous activists accused Noah of playing into longstanding stereotypes about aboriginal people, saying they were disappointed, disgusted and appalled by the joke.

In a tweet to former rugby player Joe Williams, who first highlighted the routine, Noah said he is "always open to learning more" about the lives of Indigenous Australians.

Noah then mimicked the sound of a didgeridoo in an apparent joke about oral sex.

"All women of every race can be lovely", the comedian and host of the Daily Show said during the routine from five years ago. After visiting Australia's Bunjilaka museum and learning about aboriginal history first hand I vowed never to make a joke like that again. You say "yet", that's what you say; "yet".


He was condemned by several indigenous Australians.

"Because you haven't seen all of them, right?" the South African comedian says in the clip.

He called Trevor out for the "racial abuse". You say, 'Yet.' Because you haven't seen all of them, right?

The online backlash comes ahead of the 34-year-old's upcoming stand-up tour to Australia, calling on Australians to boycott the comedian's shows.


Following France's win of the World Cup, the comedian drew anger after he quipped on Twitter that "Africa won the World Cup", according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Personally I don't care if Trevor Noah finds Aboriginal women hot or lovely. "I'm saying, 'I see you, my French brother of African descent", Noah said on his show Wednesday night.

He promised to ensure the clip, which has since been removed from YouTube, is "not promoted in any way" but his response to the controversy did little to stem the outrage however, as a number of social media users pointed out that he had failed to issue a full apology.

'We deserve so much better and I hope this guy falls and fades into obscurity, he doesn't deserve a platform if he's going to punch down like this'. He will perform stand-up at Melbourne's Hisense Arena on Thursday, August 23 followed by shows in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney's International Convention Centre.


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