Comedy Central host Trevor Noah is again facing accusations of racism after a 2013 clip of him joking about Australia’s Aboriginal women resurfaced on social media.
The video, first shared by Australian photographer LaVonne Bobongie, was taken from “The Daily Show” host’s 2013 stand-up special “It’s My Culture.”
“There’s no such thing as the most beautiful race. All women of every race can be beautiful,” Mr. Noah said in the clip. “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 Aboriginal women do special things, maybe they’ll just like, jump on top of you and be like,” he said, before making a suggestive gesture and imitating the sound of a didgeridoo, Fox News reported. “All women of every race can be beautiful.”
The YouTube clip of the routine has since been taken down, but Australians on social media are now calling for a boycott ahead of Mr. Noah’s tour in the country, which kicks off Aug. 23 at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena.
Indigenous former rugby player Joe Williams called Mr. Noah’s jokes “unacceptable.”
Hey @Trevornoah, your comments about Aboriginal @IndigenousX in this clip are utterly unacceptable! As a man of colour, you are usually in point with racism & divide – here you are perpetrating & encouraging racial abuse!! #boycotttrevornoahinoz//t.co/UNXE8TlBtq RT
— Joe Williams – TEW (@joewilliams_tew) July 22, 2018
Responding directly to Mr. Williams, Mr. Noah expressed regret over the jokes and said he’s learned a lot since the video was taken.
@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
Mr. Williams said he was waiting to see if Mr. Noah would “let me take him to community for some cultural awareness & front and apologize to our staunch and beautifully caring women.”
The South African comedian responded that he’s “always open to learning more.”
I’d love to visit another community in Oz Joe. Always open to learning more 🙏🏽
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) July 23, 2018
It’s the second time in one week that Mr. Noah has sparked accusations of racism. On Wednesday, he defended a racial joke about the World Cup-winning French national soccer team after he was slammed in a letter by the French ambassador to the U.S.