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Fury At Trevor Noah’s Aboriginal Joke

Trevor Noah works on the set of "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" on Sept. 29, 2015 in New York. Comedy Central is among Viacom channels that could go dark for Charter Communications subscribers if the pay-TV provider and media company do not come to a carriage agreement.

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.

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