"The Daily Show" host says that he has "vowed" to never make a joke like that again.
Trevor Noah has addressed backlash that arose recently over a 2013 stand-up comedy joke insulting the appearance of Aboriginal women.
In a response to someone calling out the "Daily Show" host on Twitter, he said he also considered the joke about the indigenous people of Australia a mistake and hasn't repeated it since.
"After visiting Australia's Bunjilaka museum and learning about aboriginal history first hand I vowed never to make a joke like that again," he tweeted Sunday. "And I haven't. I'll make sure the clip from 2013 is not promoted in any way."
@joewilliams_tew you're right. 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.— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) July 22, 2018
The clip, which has since been removed from all social media platforms, shows Noah poking fun at the appearance of Aboriginal women.
"All women of every race can be beautiful," he said in the bit. "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?"
The comedian then went on to imitate the sounds of a didgeridoo (an Aboriginal drone pipe like instrument) while making oral sex gestures.
"Plus it's not always about looks, maybe Aborigine women do special things, maybe they'll just like, jump on top of you," he added.
British journalist Piers Morgan railed on Noah and argued "The Daily Show" host, who often talks about equality and inclusivity, doesn't "practice what he preaches."
"Not a day goes by when Mr. Noah, a black South African, isn't preaching to us from his politically correct pulpit, particularly when it comes to racism and equality," Morgan wrote for Daily Mail Monday. "Which makes it all the more extraordinary to discover that he doesn’t actually practice what he preaches."
Morgan went on to call Noah a "shameless hyprocrite" and a "fraud."
Despite Noah's comment on the matter, outrage continued to pour out on Twitter. See the reactions below.
Hey @Trevornoah, your comments about Aboriginal @IndigenousX in this clip are utterly unacceptable! As a man of colour, you are usually in point with racism & divide - here you are perpetrating & encouraging racial abuse!! #boycotttrevornoahinoz https://t.co/UNXE8TlBtq RT— Joe Williams - TEW (@joewilliams_tew) July 22, 2018
Trevor Noah is cancelled. How the fuck are you celebrated for preaching for equality on US TV but going around saying that shit about Aboriginal women. Nah, not having it. #BlackIsBeautiful— evelyn araluen (@evelynaraluen) July 22, 2018
Trevor NO AH you can’t speak about me and my fellow black sisters like we worthless! Have a heart! Spread love not hate! Now go and kiss my beautiful, very beautiful Aboriginal ass! @Trevornoah #racist #sexist #boycotttrevornoahinoz— Rarriwuy Hick (@RarriwuyHick) July 22, 2018
@trevornoah @joewilliams_tew @pauldutton1968— Mary Sullivan (@marys731) July 22, 2018
I Didn't Watch The Entire Clip.I Felt Physically Sick Hearing What Was Said.
Don't Come To Australia Trevor.The Disrespect You Showed To Aboriginal Women&Australia Is Their Country!You Shouldn't Get Profit Or A Damned Thing From Us.
I am so disgusted and appalled by the comments by @Trevornoah and his attempted humour that denigrates Aboriginal women I hope Australians boycott his shows in #Brisbane #Sydney #Melbourne #Perth #Australia That kind of ‘humour’ is not funny and does damage! #racismitstopswithme https://t.co/yplwK2CtI7— Dr Anita Heiss (@AnitaHeiss) July 22, 2018
Hey @Trevornoah how did it make sense for you to make Aboriginal women a racist punchline to a very bad joke? Aren’t you meant to be all about anti-racism? Not that I can imagine an explanation that could possibly be adequate - but give it a go anyway.— Sarah Maddison (@madd_sarah) July 22, 2018
@Trevornoah You are not welcome in Australia. You are not funny. You are disgusting. Your attitudes toward women, especially Aboriginal women are foul, racist and unacceptable. @joewilliams_tew @MartinGHodgson @mdavisqlder @MLongbottom13 @ColleenLavelle1 @Tarneen @teelareid https://t.co/cEvpx63Anj— Marcia Langton (@marcialangton) July 22, 2018
Trevor Noah’s “comedy” about Aboriginal women is disgusting, and deserves no place in Australia.— phoebe wilson-lee (@phoebe_wl) July 22, 2018
Wow & you know what? I have never heard a Aboriginal man call African women ugly. Our men are the oldest warriors on the planet! Because the cultural respect is in grained in them. Salute to all my Aboriginal Brothers! #JustSayn @Trevornoah— Elizabeth Wymarra (@woollogirl) July 23, 2018
@Trevornoah your piece on Aboriginal women is appalling, you are not welcome in Aboriginal country, don’t come here.— Adam C (@Adam6025) July 22, 2018