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Trevor Noah Responds To Calls For Australian Boycott Over Joke About Indigenous Women

Written by Tom Williams on July 24, 2018

South African comedian Trevor Noah has responded to calls for a boycott of his upcoming Australian tour, following criticism of a joke he made about Indigenous women in 2013.

Critics of Noah called for a boycott earlier this week over the controversial joke, which centred around the physical appearance of Australian Aboriginal women, and ended with Noah mimicking the sound of a didgeridoo while pretending to administer oral sex.

Responding to the criticism on Twitter, the Daily Show host said he vowed to “never make a joke like that again”, following a recent trip to Australia.

“You’re right,” he told one of his critics.

“After visiting Australia’s Bunjilaka museum and learning about Aboriginal history first hand I vowed never to make a joke like that again. And I haven’t. I’ll make sure the clip from 2013 is not promoted in any way.”

Responding to former NRL player Joe Williams — who helped lead the calls for a boycott — Noah said he is “always open to learning more” about Aboriginal communities.

The likes of actor and Australian First Nations Ambassador Nakkiah Lui and actor Tysan Towney criticised Noah’s 2013 joke earlier this week, accusing the comedian of racism.

Noah is scheduled to arrive in Australia next month for a five-date stand-up tour, hitting venues in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney.

UPDATE: “I Wasn’t Trying To Hurt Anyone”: Trevor Noah Addresses His Offensive Joke About Indigenous Women

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