Trevor Noah Explains His ‘War Joke’. Do You Agree With Him?
South African comedian Trevor Noah has come under fire for mocking the Indian army
South African comedian Trevor Noah is surprised at the fuss created by his jokes on the current India-Pakistan tension. After Twitterati and some Bollywood stars hit out at him following his remarks, making light of the situation, Noah said it was amazing that his joke about the issue made more news than the conflict itself!
This is what he tweeted:
It's amazing to me that my joke about the conflict in India and Pakistan trended more than the story of the actual conflict itself. Sometimes it seems like people are more offended by the jokes comedians make about an issue than the issue itself.— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 2, 2019
A couple of days ago, Noah released a video where he made fun of the war-like situation between India and Pakistan following the Balakot Airstrike, linking it to Bollywood.
Here is the video:
Predictably, he was trolled and called out. Swara Bhaskar slammed him for his insensitive video.
@Trevornoah 1. War isn’t funny or entertaining. 2. Hindi is not gibberish. Ur stereotype of indo- pak is ignorant & racist. 3. Ur set smacks of essentialism & a patronising generalisation & is v #FirstWorld 4. Human lives were lost & at stake. SO disappointing! @ComedyCentral pic.twitter.com/c46TqB9btd— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) March 1, 2019
Comedian Mallika Dua too reacted to the tweet and slammed Trevor.
Shockingly unintelligent & tone deaf What makes it sadder is that @Trevornoah cracked such a below average, shit joke. Something Russel Peters probably threw in the bin before his first open mic in life. If you’re going to be a racist comic than at least get the comic bit right. https://t.co/r23s9eCiuK— Mallika Dua (@MallikaDua) March 1, 2019
While Trevor did make a point about people outraging more over his comments than the issue, he did apologise to one of the commentators.
Actually if you watch my stand up you'll see that I did make jokes after my mother was shot in the head. As a comedian I use comedy to process pain and discomfort in my world but I am sorry that this hurt you and others, that's not what I was trying to do. https://t.co/OuVnkHyIfG— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 2, 2019
Trevor Noah is not new to controversy. He recently introduced the best picture nominee Black Panther at the Oscars and had some fun with the idea that people thought the fictional setting of the country of Wakanda was real.
During the segment, Noah joked that growing up as a young boy in Wakanda, he would see T'Challa flying over their village, and he would remind them of a great Xhosa phrase, “abelungu abazi uba ndiyaxoka” -- which according to Noah meant, “In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart.”
However, those who know the language realised Noah actually said, "White people don't know I'm lying."