The host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, took to Twitter to apologize for his comments on the rising tensions between India and Pakistan.

In a recent episode of The Daily Show, Noah spoke out on various topics going on around the world like Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un, Canadian schools and the tension between Indian-Pakistan. Noah commented that if India and Pakistan ever go to war, it would be “the most entertaining war of all time.” He then acts out an Indian soldier on the battle ground who sings a war cry and suddenly break out into a Bollywood dance number. He also mentions how this would be the longest war of all time because the soldiers would simply keep doing “another dance number.”

Noah received a lot of flak on social media for his comments which were called “racist”, “stereotypical” and “offensive”.

A lot of Indian celebrities tweeted out how discomforting the whole segment was and were disappointed in Noah doing such jokes on his show. 

Zainab Sikander criticized him saying, “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 responded to the tweet, saying that comedy was his way of processing “pain and discomfort” and that he has made jokes about his mother being shot in the head.

 

 

Noah later put out another tweet defending his comments, saying it was “amazing” how his jokes became more popular on social media than the actual news about the incident. 

 

Actress Swara Bhasker and Comedian Monica Dua criticized Noah for this tweet.

 

 

 

 

 

But not everyone was livid about Noah’s jokes. Some users actually found it funny and entertaining. One Twitter user said, “Trevor isn’t a policymaker nor a stakeholder in India and Pakistan’s politics. All he does is joke from afar. The outrage is as unnecessary as it is pointless.”

 

 

 

Watch the video below:

 

 

(Header Credit – Instagram, Trevor Noah)