‘Most entertaining war of all time’? Daily Show host slammed for joke about India/Pakistan conflict
Joking that a war between India and Pakistan would be the “most entertaining war of all time,” the South African-born comedian burst into his idea of a Bollywood musical number, complete with simulated gunfire, on his nightly comedy-news program on Thursday.
Some slammed Noah for his insensitivity, claiming such jokes were inappropriate with two nuclear-armed powers on the brink of war, and dozens already dead in bombings.
Others found his reach for the Bollywood stereotype racist.
Still other detractors blamed US exceptionalism, suggesting every American life lost in battle is treated with the utmost seriousness.
… while others focused on his South African heritage, claiming it should make him more sensitive.
@Trevornoah I cannot understand how a South African who cries racism at White Supremacists can crack jokes about war, like a White Supremacist. There are people living in fear and soldiers risking their lives (in and for both countries), and you find it funny all the same.— Shrinath Sharma (@sarchotic_shri) March 1, 2019
A few even called for him to be banned over the bit.
A number of commenters just wished he’d gone with something funny instead.
Noah’s defenders, however, found his routine a breath of fresh air.
The situation between India & Pak can create quite a few emotions that can often take a very dark turn in the common masses, in social media, or in reality. This is relatively quite light-hearted if you take a second to think about it, and is something both sides can appreciate.— Saayank (@i_phew) March 1, 2019
Interestingly, the clip was missing from the Comedy Central star’s YouTube channel and his own Twitter feed, suggesting Corporate had heard the reactions loud and clear.
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