South African Comedian Trevor Noah is a big name in America these days. As the host of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show‘ Trevor Noah has made a name for himself as a man who isn’t afraid to lampoon the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.
Noah has enough experience making fun of autocratic leaders, just ask Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa.
In a recent interview with Al Jazeera, Trevor Noah on how Donald Trump is encouraging a culture of segregation and oppression. “He is proud to put forth a white nationalist agenda that is becoming more and more something that a lot of Americans are excited about – but more Americans are not, which is the one beacon, the light you have to keep aiming towards,” he told Dareen Abughaida of Talk To Al Jazeera.
“It’s actually frightening to see how quickly you can repeat the ills of the past when enough people are afraid and hungry – and those are two things that if you combine them and use them in the right way you can get people to commit the most heinous crimes against each other” he further said.
Donald Trump has stated previously that he would like to strengthen libel laws. Trevor Noah is not moved by this threat. According to him, comedy thrives during censorship.
“The closer you get to censorship, the more comedy thrives. Freedom of speech is something that people pursue regardless of the laws. As human beings, we want to speak our minds, whether it’s whispered in back alleys or proclaimed from a pulpit. As human beings, we want, to tell the truth about what we see. Dick Gregory… once said to me, ‘The truth is way funnier than any joke you can try to concoct.’ So essentially it doesn’t become harder because as a comedian I just tell more of the truth” said Trevor Noah.
In the Al-Jazeera interview he also spoke about his old offensive jokes, his upbringing in apartheid South Africa and South African politics.