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Daily Show' host Trevor Noah under attack for 'jokes' made about Aboriginal women 5 years ago

Trevor Noah, host of "The Daily Show," has drawn criticism for derogatory comments about Aboriginal women that he made during a stand-up special in 2013. (Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Trevor Noah, the host of "The Daily Show," is facing attack for derogatory jokes he made about Aboriginal women during a stand-up special five years ago.

The comedian could face protests and boycotts during his Australian tour next month, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Noah, who is from South Africa, responded to the firestorm on Twitter, but his comments fell short of an apology.

What's the story?

In 2013, the comedian made a joke about Aboriginal Australian women during his "It's My Culture" special, according to ABC.

“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,” Noah continued before he cupped his hands to his mouth to make the sound of a didgeridoo, an instrument played by Indigenous people. “All women of every race can be beautiful.”

What brought this back to the surface?

A clip from Noah's stand-up special surfaced on Twitter Saturday.

The video appears to have been shared first by Fred Leone on Facebook with the hashtag, #boycotttrevornoahinoz.

It quickly drew negative reactions and ended up on Twitter, but it went viral after former national league rugby player Joe Williams tweeted about it.

The video has been removed from YouTube.

What did Noah say?

Noah responded to Williams' tweet with a promise to never make "a joke like that again."


In another tweet, Williams called Noah's comments "utterly unacceptable" and accused the comedian of "encouraging racial abuse."

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reached out to the comedian and his tour promoter for comment, but have not received a response.

What else?

Following France's win of the World Cup, the comedian drew anger after he quipped on Twitter that "Africa won the World Cup," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“Unlike the United States of America, France does not refer to its citizens based on its race, religion, or origin. To us, there is no hyphenated identity," Gerard Araud, the French ambassador to the U.S., tweeted to Noah.

"When I'm saying 'African' I'm not saying it to exclude them from their French-ness, I'm saying it to include them in my African-ness. I'm saying, 'I see you, my French brother of African descent," Noah said on his show Wednesday night.

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