There’s a growing call for Trevor Noah’s upcoming tour of Australia to be boycotted after a clip featuring the comedian’s insensitive, racist, and sexist comments towards Indigenous women surfaced on Twitter.
Over the weekend, a clip from Trevor Noah’s 2013 stand-up special It’s My Culture went viral on Twitter. The clip, which was uploaded to YouTube under the title of “Women of all Race are Beautiful” features Noah focusing on race and the concept of beauty, but has come under fire for his derogatory comments directed towards Australian Indigenous women.
“All women of every race can be beautiful,” Noah begins in his routine. “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, before imitating the sound of a didgeridoo while inferring oral sex.
The clip was picked up on Twitter by former NRL player Joe Williams who took Trevor Noah to task, calling his comments “unacceptable”. “As a man of colour, you are usually in point with racism & divide,” he begins. “Here you are perpetrating & encouraging racial abuse!! #boycotttrevornoahinoz”
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 https://t.co/UNXE8TlBtq RT
— Joe Williams – TEW (@joewilliams_tew) July 22, 2018
Countless users soon began to agree with Williams’ statement, noting how uncomfortable and disappointing Noah’s comments in the clip are.
“For such a social justice warrior, your race baiting isn’t smart or witty at all. It’s simply racist. Our beautiful black women shouldn’t be treated like the punchline of a joke. Congrats, you played yourself,” wrote one user on Twitter, while others summed the ‘joke’ up by simply stating how disgusting it was.
“I can’t bring myself to watch that, I’m so tired of Aboriginal women being used as punchlines for cheap laughs from talentless hacks,” wrote another user on Twitter. “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.”
I can't bring myself to watch that, I'm so tired of Aboriginal women being used as punchlines for cheap laughs from talentless hacks. 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
— Paz (@aninkyaffair) July 22, 2018
This isn’t the first time that the 34-year-old, South African-born comedian has come under fire for his previous jokes, with Trevor Noah denouncing his past comments and routines in 2015 following his announcement as the new host of The Daily Show.
Speaking to GQ in 2015 following a widespread backlash for tasteless jokes that he had made in regards to women and Jewish people, Noah did his best to distance himself from the previous remarks he had made.
“You show me half my jokes from even two years ago, three years ago—I hate them,” he explained. “Because you see, like, a young version of yourself. You’re like, ‘Why would you say that? You idiot! That makes no sense.’ Or, ‘That’s just stupid.’ Or, ‘Ahh, I can’t believe I said that about a woman.'”
“You should not like what you did back then, because that shows that you’ve grown. If you’re still doing it, that’s a scarier place to be,” he concluded, noting that it’s a great opportunity for him to “look back and go: ‘I was an idiot.’ ”
Despite these comments, a veritable hall of shame is still available for viewing on Trevor Noah’s Twitter account, leading many to wonder if he is indeed remorseful for his previous comments, or if he wishes to learn from the past rather than erase it.
Whatever the case, it appears that a growing number of people both here in Australia and abroad are waiting for Noah to address the comments he made in regards to Indigenous women. With the comedian set to touch down in Australia next month for a five-date tour which will see him hit up Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Sydney, now is definitely the time to address these comments.
In the meantime, it seems as though the #boycotttrevornoahinoz hashtag may just keep on gaining traction.