July 21, 2018
There has been some confusion and controversy surrounding Trevor Noah – Jon Stewart’s diversity Daily Show replacement on Comedy Central – who pointed out the obvious the other day: Africa won the World Cup.
Comedian Trevor Noah defended his joke that Africa, not France, won the World Cup after the French ambassador penned a letter of complaint. Noah’s response further fuelled debate on racial identity in France and the US.
“Yes. Yes. Africa won the World Cup! Africa won the World Cup!” the South African comedian said on the ‘Daily Show’ last week. “I get it, they have to say it’s the French team, but look at those guys. You don’t get that tan by hanging out in the South of France, my friends.”
TONIGHT: Congratulations to Africa on winning the 2018 Men’s World Cup! pic.twitter.com/ly1wxU1VzT
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) July 17, 2018
To be quite honest – I mean there’s really no containing this information now – I used to be friends with Trevor Noah back when I lived in South Africa.
I would often call him my “cashew” as a term of endearment. Because he went to a Catholic school and his mother was a Jew. Also because he looks like a monkey and they like to eat cashews (note. this is not strictly true, but for some reason, I thought that it was at the time, I am no expert on monkey diet preferences).
Trevor used to be really jealous of me because I was funnier than him and all the girls used to shoot milk out of their nostrils as they laughed at my jokes. Seriously, I was so gut-wrenchingly funny that they couldn’t control themselves. They were screaming with laughter and then later on, they would bed me because I was so damn funny.
Trevor tried to keep up, but he only did that whole “hate whitey” shtick and alternated it with cringy self-deprecating humor about how he hated himself for being born a mutt and wanted to commit suicide. People chuckled, but it was mostly because they felt bad and they forced themselves to give the little try-hard negro a pat on the nappy head.
Anyways, he was always trying to keep up with me. So when I started doing the whole ironic neon-nazi shtick, he started copying me too.
But just like with me, he bit by bit started slipping out of the ironic mode and started becoming more literal. This is what happened with that “Africa” won the World Cup bit. He started doing the whole Neon-Nazi comedy routine a bit too seriously and BTFOing liberals and conservacucks who claimed that race matters.
French Ambassador Gerard Araud wrote a letter to Noah in response, saying his joke about France’s team being African was “denying their Frenchness,” and “legitimizes the ideology which claims whiteness as the only definition of being French.”
Noah read parts of the letter on his show, some of it in a French accent, and took issue with Araud’s claim that the team reflected France’s diversity. Noah said he was sorry to say that it was more to do with France’s colonialism than its diversity.
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) July 19, 2018
Trevor has set off a debate on whether civic nationalism is a viable system or doomed to fail. Trevor, of course, staked out the Neon-Nazi position on the matter:
Noah’s joke and subsequent explanation sparked debate on social media. Some commenters, such as French athletes, sided with the French ambassador, even accusing Noah of being racist, while others defended Noah’s joke for being good natured and questioned why black American athletes aren’t referred to as African teams.
Trevor, buddy, if you’re this, you need to cool it down buddy. This is too intense for normies to handle. Don’t try to keep up with me, mate. You gotta do you. The Neon-Nazi shtick is already being done and done well. You need to find something else to do. Stop riding my coat-tails.