COMEDIAN Trevor Noah has apologised for his sick joke in which he quipped that a war between India and Pakistan would be “the most entertaining”.
The Daily Show host mimed firing a rifle as he added that such a battle would be the “longest war of all time – another dance number!”
India and Pakistan have fought two wars and a limited conflict over Kashmir.
Noah’s gag – made on his show last week – sparked furious backlash online, with critics branding it “racist” and “insensitive”.
Writer and political commentator Zainab Sikander posted on Twitter: “It’s sad when someone who’s had a violent past mocks war through a Bollywood stereotype. @Trevornoah ‘s mother was shot in the head by her husband (Trevor’s stepfather). Imagine someone making fun of it with a Xhosa stereotype – the tribe his mum belongs to.”
Noah wrote in response: “As a comedian I use comedy to process pain and discomfort in my world but I am sorry that this hurt you and others, that’s not what I was trying to do.”
He added in a separate tweet: “It’s amazing to me that my joke about the conflict in India and Pakistan trended more than the story of the actual conflict itself.
“Sometimes it seems like people are more offended by the jokes comedians make about an issue than the issue itself.”
As a comedian I use comedy to process pain and discomfort in my world but I am sorry that this hurt you and others, that’s not what I was trying to do.
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Since the partition of British India in 1947 and the creation of the modern states of India and Pakistan, the two countries have been involved in several wars, conflicts, and military stand-offs.
In the past two weeks rising tensions have seen Pakistan shooting down an Indian fighter jet and capturing an Indian pilot. They were later released.
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South African Noah has since apologised for his joke on Twitter[/caption]