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Trevor Responds to Criticism from the French Ambassador – Between The Scenes | The Daily Show

Trevor Responds to Criticism from the French Ambassador – Between The Scenes | The Daily Show


I wanted to share this
little story with you. I got into a little
bit of trouble with the French Government. (audience laughing) I know. The French Government. So what happened was, let’s
start at the beginning. France won the World Cup. (audience cheering
and applauding) And so on the show,
we celebrated that
and I had this joke where I said, I said
Africa won the World Cup. (audience cheering
and applauding) Yeah, and I was shocked at
how angry a lot of French people got, like genuine,
a lot of French people were angry and they were like,
“Oh Trevor how can you say this, why would you
say these things? (audience laughing) You know this is horrible.”
and I was like okay, I get it, not everyone
likes every joke that you tell and I get that
but this was interesting. I got a letter from the
ambassador of France. And I’ll read it to you,
it was about that joke. And he says, I’ll try to read
it how I hope he wrote it. (audience laughing) Which was he says, “Sir I
watched with great attention your July 17th show when
you spoke of the victory of the French team at the
2018 FIFA World Cup Russia final which took
place last Sunday. I heard your words about
an African victory, nothing could be less true.” (audience laughing) Now, first of all, I think
it could have been less, I could have says they
were Scandinavian. (audience laughing) That would have been less true, that would have been less true. He says, “As many of the
players have already stated themselves, their parents
may have come from another country but a great
majority of them — all but two out of 23
were born in France. They were educated in
France, they learned to play soccer in France,
they are French citizens. They’re proud of
their country, France. The rich and various
backgrounds of these players is a reflection of
France’s diversity. France is indeed…” Now that
line there was interesting. The rich and various
backgrounds of these players is a reflection of
France’s diversity. Now, I’m not trying to
be an asshole but I think it’s more a reflection
of France’s colonialism. (audience cheering
and applauding) Because it’s not like it’s
just like random players, like they all have
something in common. Like all of those players
if you trace their lineage you’re like how did
you guys become French? Like, how did your family start
speaking French? Oh, okay. (audience laughing) And it says here, he says,
“France is indeed a cosmopolitan country but every citizen is
part of the French identity and together they belong
to the nation of France. Unlike in the United
States of America, France does not refer to its
citizens based on their race, religion or origin. To us,
there is no hyphenated identity. Roots are an individual reality, by calling them an African team
it seems like you’re denying their Frenchness. This,
even in jest, legitimizes the ideology which
claims whiteness as the only definition
of being French.” So now here’s the thing,
first things first. I understand what he’s
saying ’cause I read up on this afterwards,
right? I take criticism. I’ll listen to what
somebody says to me. I genuinely believe you
should, and what it turns out is in France, a lot
of Nazis in that country use the fact that these
players are of African descent to shit on their
Frenchness, you know. So they go you’re not
French, you’re from Africa go back to where you came
from, you’re not French. They use that as
a line of attack. Now my thing, my opinion is
coming from South Africa, coming from Africa and
even watching the World Cup in the United States of America, black people all over the
world were celebrating the Africaness of the
French players, right. Not in a negative way but
rather in a positive way going look at these Africans
who can become French. You know what I mean, it’s a
celebration of that achievement. And so, this is what I find
weird in these arguments is that people go they’re
not African, they’re French. Then I’m like why
can’t they be both? (audience applauding) Right, why is that duality
only afforded to select group of people, why
can they not be African? So what they’re arguing here is, in order to be French
you have to erase everything that is African,
’cause what do they mean when they say that
our culture, our this. So you cannot be French and
African at the same time, which I vehemently
disagree with. I go if you see those
players I love them, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante,
I’ve watched all of them. Like, I love those players
and I love how African they are and how
French they are. I don’t take their
Frenchness away but I also don’t think you need to
take their Africaness away. And that is what I
love about America. America is not a perfect
country but what I love about this place is that
people can still celebrate their identity in
their Americaness. You can go to a St. Patrick’s
Day parade in America celebrating that you are Irish. You can go to a Puerto
Rican day parade in America still celebrating the fact
that you are Puerto Rican and American at the same time. You can celebrate
Juneteenth as black person and be like “yo, I’m
African-American,” which is the duality
of the two worlds. But here they’re going,
“No you are only French.” (audience laughing) And here’s why it
vexes me, to be honest. This is what I find interesting, is like, when I read
stories from Africa and I watch what
politicians say, especially in France
about African migrants: when they are unemployed,
when they may commit a crime, or when
they are considered unsavory, it’s the
African immigrant. When their children go on to
provide a World Cup victory for France, we should only
refer to them as France. And we even saw it with
that African man who climbed the building to rescue the
baby, do you remember that? – [Audience] Yes. – We watched him
climb that building, he rescued the child and
then they gave him French citizenship, they said
you are now French. So now I’m going so is
he now no longer African? (audience laughing) Is that what you’re
saying? So when he was on the ground
he was African. (audience laughing) And then he climbed up
and as soon as he rescued the baby now he’s French.
So if he dropped the baby, The African dropped the baby. (audience cheering
and applauding) I don’t believe that you need and here’s like I would
say again with respect I understand what the
ambassador is saying. I’m not joining the attack
and I know don’t get me wrong, I know we live in a
world where like nuance is something that
is in short supply. And so you will find in
America for instance, the alt-right saying, “That’s
what we’ve been saying, they’re not French and
we’re saying but if Trevor says it it’s not racist, but
if we say it it’s racist.” Yeah, yeah. I’ll
say yeah, you know why? Because I believe
context is everything. There are certain things
you can say to somebody that like when I
say to my friends, What’s going on, my nigga?”
and if a white person came and said the same thing, yeah
there’s a big difference. (audience laughing) When I’m saying they’re
African I’m not saying it as a way to exclude
them from their Frenchness but I’m rather using it to
include them in my Africaness. I’m saying, “I see you my French
brother of African descent.” Do you know what I’m saying,
that’s what I’m trying to say, when somebody else
says it the other way. You can use the same
line in different ways. People are like,
so it’s different? Yeah, yeah it’s different,
it can be different. It’s like somebody saying, “So
if you play with your naked child it’s a problem but if
I do it I’m a pedophile?” Yeah, yeah there’s
a big difference. There’s a huge difference. (audience clapping) So I will continue to praise
them for being African because I believe that
they are of Africa. Their parents are from
Africa and they can be French at the same time. And if French
people are saying they cannot be both, then I think they
have a problem and not me. (audience cheering
and applauding)

100 thoughts on “Trevor Responds to Criticism from the French Ambassador – Between The Scenes | The Daily Show

  1. We make too big a deal over race, we are all human after all, we all live in this planet and we have to all get along, issues that divide us are what people always bring up. Enough already! Every color and every culture has people that are tall, short, fat, gay, assholes, racist, bigots etc. In the end we are all just human and that is what unites us. Talk more about our commonalities and not about the things that divide us.

  2. France, like all other countries, love when other cultures, races, play on their National teams! Only then are they considered French, Americans or any other country they are representing! Sad that it's one of the few times they are!

  3. I love Trevor but he is so wrong on that point. It's not because you're black that you are African! And being African is not an identity anyway. There is so many different countries in Africa, different cultures, different languages… So we cannot say African and French! African and European maybe…. Someone whose parents migrated to France from Mali is French and Malian. His arguments show a strong lack of knowledge and I think his excuses are pathetic. He concludes by saying that he doesn't have a problem. Once again he should take into account that cultural differences are strong between the US and France. In France, the word race is racist cause we consider that there is only the human race. Moreover, Trevor doesn't question what he said. His words could have actually hurt some black French people, and it serves white supremacists when he says "they are Africans". It also serves white racism when he says the French consider the players French cause they won, if they had lost they would have been considered Africans…. (WTF?) This might be the case for white supremacists but not for all white French people….

  4. The problem is that most far right movements in France always say this and most racists always joke about France team being either African or Arab origins.

  5. The only thing that the auto proclaimed African- Americans have from a part of Africa is the skin color. We must remember that in Africa always has lived people of different skin colors. Arabs in the Maghreb, North of Africa, Canary Islands, Egypt and why no, Palestinians and Israelis. For other side black people always has existed in Australia and the islands around this continent ,India, Pakistan,etc. The black US "Americans" that by the way refuse to be named blacks ,have stolen for them the name of Africans while have adopted the religion, culture and manner of thinking from their white ancient owners.
    Most of the "African- Americans" know very little about the zone of origin of their ancestors, do not know anything about the traditions, the music and the religion either, and for sure reject it,. What they know about playing tambor, cencerro,guayo,marakas,timbales? NOTHING! What they know about orishas, spiritism, dance from there? NOTHING!
    Whatever Cuban of whatever skin color is a billion of time more African than these "African- Americans",because the Africans brought to Cuba didn't allow the colonialist to change their culture, on the contrary their obliged them to accept , share and integrate it in a common culture.
    The blacks in USA are Black United States Americans, you lost the African inheritance. Stop calling yourself Africans! You didn't defended your culture and by the way Africa was and is a Continent of diverse races and skin color. Try to Monopolize Africa is a form of racism too, stop this manner of thinking please!

  6. There we have a problem, I think. Let me start with the fact that I come from the east Europe and my country did not participate at colonialism. When I speak, I speak as someone who’s ancestors have nothing to do with it. I actually would appreciate when the labels black and white would go away but I’ll use them here just to make clear my point. So, in general , when people speak about the history and nazis , I try to be quite because it’s a horrible memory for many who still live and it’s a pain for a lot of people even today. Thanks to the internet we can see that racism is still an issue in some countries. And as you said in one of your Interviews , Travis, people divide themselves using many reasons, not only skin tone. But when France says that their black players born in France are French you condemn them for it. I live in Germany but as I said I am from East Europe. Here in Germany people say that you are German when you have German citizenship. Kids born in Germany are Germans and I can imagine that kids born in France are called French. I agree that a better solution is to accept their roots and implement them into who they are – African and French. Even though I have to say that African kids born and raised in Germany are absolutely not African. They don’t even visit Africa and don’t want to, a lot of them. I heard it from their parents. Some of them don’t see themselves as African because they were born in Germany. So there are a lot of stories and a lot of opinions who is who and what we shall say for people born in this or another country. If they see themselves as African and French/German/Italian then they should be seen from this perspective. If they see themselves as German/French etc then they are German/French etc. in the end it’s their Choice. Using what Nazis say is not good here because nazis are the minority and do not represent the nation. Besides that, comparing France with America is like comparing tomato and egg. America was build buy emigrants. European countries are very old traditional, conservative and even today quite homogeneous outside the big cities and their culture is not a mix of cultures like in the US, they have their own cultures and you can’t compare people with such a different cultural and historical background. I actually love your videos and I’m a huge fan but we should understand the mentality of the people better to understand why they say what they say because we Europeans and Americans have different understanding of many things and see things from different angles just because we have different mentality and we lived till to recent time in homogeneous societies.

  7. I have so much respect for Trevor. And this message of his I do really relate to it. I'm Ghanian but raised in Italy and today I'm living in the U.S.A. Three in One, and no matter what they say I'll always be all of them. Believe it!!

  8. So they should ban black players so as proper credit would be given for the country… imagine the a south african white dominating cricket team winning the title and someguy saying the whites won the title…. he'd be ruined and called racist

  9. Nationality and ethnicity are two different topics ..
    People need to understand this ..
    🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️
    Read a dictionary it may help !
    😂

  10. If u don't know how to take a joke on you and complain…..watch it! More coming your way…..it's Trevor and I luv him

  11. When he says because of colonialism I dont understand. France didn't do what america did by bringing slaves from africa in boats. They colonized them in their land. There are a lot of black people and Meghrebi people in france because, YES their countries were left poor and many immigrated to france after. But that migration was voluntary unlike the US method

  12. I'm a black French woman with Cameroonian background and you absolutely nailed everything about how we're perceived in France.

  13. This French got some harsh ass kicking 😂😂😂
    Am happy to say that cause the most fucked up country bcz french its algeria 🇩🇿
    Long live my country

  14. Absolutely I’m African American I’m not American by it self I’m not white and will never be …thank you for explaining it trev

  15. To people who still didn’t get it…. You watch this as if you where still stupid like the people who clap 👏 where people who can relate let me spell it out you retard ….there African Americans, Latin American etc meaning we don’t see our self among the white racism here we are all our own people mean the people who clap see them self as not one of same Americans because Americans by itself is white people and that’s how it’s seen here …apparently you so dumb even after he explain it you still fucking missed it and yeah I’m African American and I’m one who clap for trev when he broke down for the stupid people like you

  16. This is France for you. I am French, and when a crime is perpetrated you know the criminal is white when the journalist do not say from where the grandmother of the criminal came from, and where is Mother live. 😒 (shady, but true)

  17. Vous avez raison Trevor, ils sont francais et africains au meme temps ! Poinnte sár-mhaith déanta ag Trevor anseo gur meascán atá sna himircigh idir an cultúr arb as dóibh agus an cultúr ina bhfuil siad.

  18. France's history and USA's are quite different. In the middle ages, jews were expelled from the french kingdom. Later the protestant were expelled too. Then there was the Dreyfus affair, the Vivhy regime. And all those colonial wars. There is something called "La République Française". And all citizens are french, and only french. Their origin is a private matter. This is true too for religion, this is called "laicité". This is a way to exorcise old demons. It is largely theoretical, like many french things, and a bit crumbling (the Rassemblement National, the muslims), like many french things too. But we are attached to it. There is some trouble with islam in France now, so any commment suggesting a difference among french people is very sensitive. There are many players of african descent in the french football team!? this was a remark made by jean-marie LePen, head of the National Front and holocaust banalizer, some 20 years ago.

  19. Africa is a big continent with different ethnic groups where xenophobia is still alive. How many african immigrants have died recently in south africa? How many in north africa? Xenophobia is a global phenomenon.
    Sport and especially football is really the new opium of the people. You are delusional if you think africa won the world cup. It's great if you have supported the french team because you identified to some of them but don't be foolish. You have to take in account the international context ( rise of populism…).The joke is lame.
    If you think you can't celebrate duality in France just watch how the french from algeria have celebrated their Victory during the CAN ( africa cup of nations)
    I don't understand how hard it is for some people to understand that in france roots are an individual identity. We have different cultures, history…
    And isn't obvious that trevor used a straw man fallacy?
    How can you speak in the name of the players who want to be considered as french?
    Btw if you think trevor is a genius you are a moron. He has a reputation of stealing jokes, this one come from racists in france.

  20. I guess now it's the nigerian immigrants right ??? i mean … – hoping you will adress the Nigiarian situation in SouthAfrican as well and not let it go away without taxing SouthAfrica for it's xenofobia

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  22. You 're not even funny, the truth is that you are upset like a kid because some people criticized you. You talk about colonialism ? What a joke from an american guy !!! "Nazis" ? In France ??, what are you talking about ?? Tell me, did you say " Africa won the NBA?! Moreover, to read the letter from the french ambassador with this fake french accent is really offensive (would you have done an african accent if the ambassador had been Ivorian ? No i don't think so) , FUCK YOU from France !!

  23. Wow, the disconnect from Trevor here. I dont see being proud of a player or granting them citizenship for a heroic act is the definition of racism, but a democracy to be proud of.

    Unlike Trump wanting to kick black politicians in power out of the country for opposing his shitty policies.

    I wonder would Trevor condemn the backlash on white farmers in South Africa ,Zimbabwe, having their lands confiscated, their family's raped and murdered as racist too? Or justification for decades of abuse under a corrupt regime? Two wrongs dont make a right.

  24. Really amazing from a country of emigres. We hit on French colonialism but where are the Indians? Americans always give lessons. We should not forget your story. And without your first allies you might still be English today.

  25. What you tend to forget about ……-Americans is that all those terms started as derogatory terms which were used because they weren't seen as full Americans.

  26. "Popular South African comedian, Trevor Noah, has reacted to the ongoing xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other black foreign nationals in South Africa.

    Trevor described the attacks as "misplaced priority".

    He pointed out that Nigerians and other African Nationals aren't the ones taking jobs from South Africans as they claim because Africans in South Africa "may lay claim to less than 0.00001% of wealth in SA", whereas "Whites in South Africa makes up about 8.7% of the population and controls over 85% wealth". "

  27. I agree with Trevor. The same can be said with Spains’ national team when they won the world cup in 2010. Almost half of the team were Catalan, like Andres Iniesta, Xavi, and Gerard Pique. When they won, they are considered Spaniards. And when they got eliminated in 2014 world cup, they were considered Catalan.

  28. Trevor Noah is a smart, articulate man. Every word he said in the clip was actual fact. You really can’t dispute the truth

  29. He is an idiot. He is confused and struggling to make his point. I am black but he is a moron. Those players are African but they play in France and being trained by French resources. The stadium the equipment the coaching the French fans all play a role in making progba and the other stars become stars you idiot

  30. With all this trumptness going on, France hasn't had the chance to be lippy to the US. About time.
    Also, we stan an African-French king, yas hunty.

  31. Being pro black doesn’t make you anti white
    Black is not less or greater than white
    Black is not a colour it is mindset
    Do not confuse Black with darkness

  32. "France´s colonialism" … you can never make it right, if you don´t have diversity it is racism, if you do have diversity it is colonialism.
    This is why many don´t care one bit for all the diversity wishes we hear from a specific group every time.

  33. I disagree. Why distinguish between black and white. All are human beings, all equal. I think that is a problem in both sides of the argument.

  34. Speaks a lot of sense Trevor and he has great comic timing. I am English but it is clear we are all equal. Africans are very giving.

  35. I have saved this video and every once in a while I watch. Not only for encouragement and support, also because it is to remind my self of how mainly the white race (what I personally have come across more often than not) have had seen an issue with mixing with other races, mixed races, people of other races, want to profess an ethnic cleansing by showing an aggression in body language, speech, intentions, demeanor, or go a step further and legalize ones(meaning their own toward others) behavior using Jim Crow Laws, or New York’s version Stop and Frisk (only used manly on minorities not whites), or stopping anyone walking or driving that look Latino(places like where Alabama and Mississippi type of folk would be found) in these predominantly known States they would have used Jim Crow Laws in the past, just to ask for a birth certificate, social security card, and identification card. Now you tell me who the hell walks around with their birth certificate? Well guess what, if you don’t have it they treat you like a criminal that crossed the border illegally and arrest you on the spot, now why don’t they ask white people for their papers and if they don’t have them deport them treat them the same, why not anyone else? Because they wrote it into law to make their hate legal and just as Trevor Noah said they choose to tell you when you can be an American hero with no hyphen or if you are American hyphenated which is a little less but acknowledges your culture, or straight just black, or Latino, or Indian -feather not dot (not even the nerve to call you Native) ….Trust and believe hate runs deep and has no home (race wise), if we honestly are trying to dictate whether it’s justified to blame only white people; however, let’s take a step back for a second, since the beginning of recorded history we’ve only had Alexander their great and his empire, then the Roman’s, then Europeans and their colonialism, then came collecting people based on religion, then divid and conquer anything left in the know world so that it does not gain the strength to attack back the pope did that (we still see the fall out of that today with the countries in Africa where tribes don’t agree with government put in place by the UN, and the same to be said in the Middle East and South East Asia near Tebet and India). It has become comical that for anything to be approved on a global stage it has to first be acknowledged by a select group of old white men in Europe. Most of the world has been changed and resources have been depleted by the same race, but if you look at the other races, their intentions on the planet.. no other group has ever been as egregious that the human race as a whole would be able to agree on a daily bases and show new proof daily of how ugly and hateful one race is over another. It speaks volumes when the planet agrees.

  36. You going to France anytime soon, Calais is nice at the moment. The duality issue is tricky, if you are South African, irrespective of race, colour or creed, your passport states South African, not white, coloured, black South African.

  37. I like how he doesn't bring up that he's only half black. My ancestors are from africa too. You know why? Fucking evolution nigga. Stop trying to excuse your racism. Someone does blackface, they're racist. You mock their accent, and you're like fuck them, who cares, I'm black (even though I only look black) and will do whatever I want.
    You should go around Asian people and pull your eyes back so they're all squinty and say "ching change chong". Or would that somehow be racist? Betty White.

    Fuck black people making excuses for why they are always racist. I have friends with people named Trevor Noah, but fuck this bullshit, "I do whatever I want cuz I'm black, but it's different for you." A racist is a racist. You don't get a free pass.

  38. When he was on the ground, he was an African. When he climb up and saved the baby, he is French!! If he drop the child, an African dropped the child!! Very unique way of observation.

  39. The French look around to find someone or something to be angry at. Don't feel special Trevor. Lol. You're just one amongst many.

  40. Two years before, Africans lose the Euro 'Cup to a mix of Portuguese/African National. A broader one on mixing… Portugal won that Cup with a lot of Portuguese, African and one Brasilian guy, Team. And i look up at them. They made me very happy men. France 0 – Portugal 1, and the scorer was an African/Portuguese player: Éder its the name of the hero

  41. Why can't Trevor Noah ask the actual players how they identify instead? If you are born in a country, you can pick if you celebrate your identity as a citizen of a country, just your origins or both. Only thinking you should do both or celebrate your origins is not ujderstanding another perspective.

  42. This happened to a German footballer!!!! Mesut Ozil was one of the MAIN players of the German World Cup winning team, they have always referred to him as a German player too. But as soon as he took a PICTURE with a political figure or a public figure from turkey (He has Turkish roots too), EVERY GERMAN started to call him nasty names like "Goat f*cker" and he was then known as "The Turkish man" to germans who discriminated against him. As a result, Ozil ended up QUITTING the SAME national team he won the MOST important title for!

  43. why a black Frenchman even if he was born in France must be "French and African" so that people do not come to the idea that a black reacts differently than in his "natural environment" as an animal what…

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