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‘Never stated whole UK is racist’: Comedian Trevor Noah after Rishi Sunak row

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LONDON: Noted comic and tv host Trevor Noah has defended himself following a row over his feedback on the appointment of Britain’s new premier, saying he by no means stated “the entire UK is racist” and was solely responding to those that don’t want Rishi Sunak in that position.

Sunak, Britain’s first Indian-origin Prime Minister, took workplace on Tuesday. A former funding banker-turned-politician, Sunak, 42, is the youngest British prime minister in 210 years. He can be Britain’s first Hindu Prime Minister.

On the US information programme The Daily Show earlier this week, Noah stated there had been a “backlash” over Sunak.

His feedback had been criticised within the UK, with many together with ex-chancellor and Pakistani-origin Conservative Party chief, Sajid Javid calling Noah “simply wrong”. But Noah, 38, has now defended his phase, saying he was reacting to racists, and: “That’s why I said. ‘Some people’,” the BBC reported.

In the unique feedback on the US programme, Noah – who’s South African and grew up throughout apartheid – stated: “You hear a lot of the people saying ‘Oh, they’re taking over, now the Indians are going to take over Great Britain and what’s next?’ “And I at all times discover myself going ‘So what? What are you afraid of? I feel it is as a result of the quiet half that lots of people do not realise what they’re saying is, ‘We don’t desire these individuals who had been beforehand oppressed to get into energy as a result of then they might do to us what we did to them.

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“During his skit, Noah played a clip from radio station LBC during the latest Conservative leadership race a week ago, when a caller falsely claimed Sunak was not even British,” the report stated.

Javid tweeted in response that the feedback from the comic had been ‘so flawed’ and that Britain “is the most successful multiracial democracy on earth and proud of this historic achievement”.

Presenter Piers Morgan additionally tweeted that the US media was “falsely portraying Britain as a racist country”.

Noah lastly responded on Friday night, saying: “C’mon Piers, you are smarter than that.

“I wasn’t saying “The whole UK is racist”, I was responding to the racists who don’t want Rishi as PM because of his race. That’s why I said, “Some individuals.”

Noah has lengthy spoken about racial equality, publishing a e book in 2017 titled Born a Crime, a reference to the actual fact he was born in South Africa to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mom, at a time when such a relationship was punishable by imprisonment.

He started his profession in South Africa, releasing a string of stand-up specials and internet hosting a late-night discuss present earlier than relocating to the US in 2011.

He has hosted The Daily Show – a late-night discuss and satirical information programme – since 2015 however final month introduced he could be standing down.

Sunak was born in Hampshire, south-east England, to Indian dad and mom – a pharmacist mom and a common practitioner (GP) father – and is married to Akshata Murty, with whom he has two younger daughters.

LONDON: Noted comic and tv host Trevor Noah has defended himself following a row over his feedback on the appointment of Britain’s new premier, saying he by no means stated “the entire UK is racist” and was solely responding to those that don’t want Rishi Sunak in that position.

Sunak, Britain’s first Indian-origin Prime Minister, took workplace on Tuesday. A former funding banker-turned-politician, Sunak, 42, is the youngest British prime minister in 210 years. He can be Britain’s first Hindu Prime Minister.

On the US information programme The Daily Show earlier this week, Noah stated there had been a “backlash” over Sunak.

His feedback had been criticised within the UK, with many together with ex-chancellor and Pakistani-origin Conservative Party chief, Sajid Javid calling Noah “simply wrong”. But Noah, 38, has now defended his phase, saying he was reacting to racists, and: “That’s why I said. ‘Some people’,” the BBC reported.

In the unique feedback on the US programme, Noah – who’s South African and grew up throughout apartheid – stated: “You hear a lot of the people saying ‘Oh, they’re taking over, now the Indians are going to take over Great Britain and what’s next?’ “And I at all times discover myself going ‘So what? What are you afraid of? I feel it is as a result of the quiet half that lots of people do not realise what they’re saying is, ‘We don’t desire these individuals who had been beforehand oppressed to get into energy as a result of then they might do to us what we did to them.

ALSO READ | Trevor Noah leaving ‘The Daily Show’; recollects how Indians showered love on him

“During his skit, Noah played a clip from radio station LBC during the latest Conservative leadership race a week ago, when a caller falsely claimed Sunak was not even British,” the report stated.

Javid tweeted in response that the feedback from the comic had been ‘so flawed’ and that Britain “is the most successful multiracial democracy on earth and proud of this historic achievement”.

Presenter Piers Morgan additionally tweeted that the US media was “falsely portraying Britain as a racist country”.

Noah lastly responded on Friday night, saying: “C’mon Piers, you are smarter than that.

“I wasn’t saying “The whole UK is racist”, I was responding to the racists who don’t want Rishi as PM because of his race. That’s why I said, “Some individuals.”

Noah has lengthy spoken about racial equality, publishing a e book in 2017 titled Born a Crime, a reference to the actual fact he was born in South Africa to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mom, at a time when such a relationship was punishable by imprisonment.

He started his profession in South Africa, releasing a string of stand-up specials and internet hosting a late-night discuss present earlier than relocating to the US in 2011.

He has hosted The Daily Show – a late-night discuss and satirical information programme – since 2015 however final month introduced he could be standing down.

Sunak was born in Hampshire, south-east England, to Indian dad and mom – a pharmacist mom and a common practitioner (GP) father – and is married to Akshata Murty, with whom he has two younger daughters.

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