Who's laughing now? Trevor Noah REFUSES to apologize for joke calling Aboriginal women ugly
Trevor Noah insists that he wasn't trying to hurt or offend anyone with his jokes and claims that his addressing the issue was enough
Comedian Trevor Noah received backlash after a footage of him calling Aboriginal women ugly in a joke that resurfaced online ahead of his Australian tour. The footage was from 2013 and after receiving a lot of flak for it, the comedian had to cancel his trip.
However, despite all this, Trevor does not think he needs to apologize. Speaking to Triple J, The Daily Show host made it clear that he wasn't going to apologize for his words and those who were outraged by the joke 'don't want to listen'.
"We live in a world where people want to unearth things that have already been unearthed," he said in the interview. The comedian then recalled the situation when he first cracked the joke.
"I was responding to comments about certain women being called unflattering in South Africa. So, you know, it's one of those things where if you were to make the joke again you would make it better," he said. "When I came to Australia, I was lucky enough to meet an Aboriginal woman in one of the museums in Melbourne. She said, 'Hey, I've seen your stuff and let me tell you why that joke – in Australia – was particularly hurtful."
Trevor insisted that he wasn't trying to hurt or offend anyone with his jokes and claimed that his addressing the issue was enough. "I'm not trying to hurt people with comedy otherwise I'd get into a different job. If I'm not trying to hurt people with the joke, then I see no reason to hold onto the joke," he said.
He further added, "That's why, you know, people have to go to find a joke from 2013 to basically speak about it. Because the joke isn't done anymore. But I understand how outrage works... people generally don't want to listen or understand from their side. They go, no, we're angry. So all you can do is fall back and say, hey, I've addressed this."
In the video that resurfaced, Trevor was seen suggesting that all women are pretty but the way he chose to spread the message was not appreciated by people.
'All women of every race can be beautiful,' Trevor tells the audience in the footage. "All women of every race can be beautiful," he said. "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?"
He concluded by saying, "Plus it's not always about looks, maybe Aborigine women do special things, maybe they'll just like, jump on top of you," before imitating the sound of a didgeridoo while inferring oral sex. Since the footage surfaced, people protested over the comedian's show in Australia and called for its boycott.