Comedian Trevor Noah has responded to criticism of a racist joke he told in 2013 about Aboriginal Australian women, saying that he had "vowed never to make a joke like that again". Noah, now host of The Daily Show in the US, faced a backlash after video of the joke was freshly circulated online. He was condemned by several indigenous Australians. Some called for a boycott of Noah's upcoming Australian tour.
Noah said it was "right" to denounce the joke, which centred on appearance. In the footage of the 2013 stand-up show, Noah is shown saying that "all women of every race can be beautiful". He continues: "And I know some of you are sitting there now going, 'Oh Trevor, yeah, but I've never seen a beautiful Aborigine.'" Noah goes on to say "it's not always about looks", before mimicking playing a didgeridoo in a suggestive manner.
On Monday, the comedian acknowledged the joke was wrong - and referred to having visited the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Melbourne. He added: I'd love to visit another community in Oz... Always open to learning more." Noah, whose Australian comedy tour will begin next month, was criticised by a number of indigenous people. Noah, a South African comedian, came to global prominence when he became the host of The Daily Show in 2015.
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