Trevor Noah faces boycott over historical racist joke about Aboriginal women

South African comedian Trevor Noah is facing calls for his Australian tour to be boycotted over an offensive joke he made in 2013 calling all indigenous Australian women ugly, despite a day ago acknowledging he had done wrong.

Noah, host of the popular US TV program Daily Show, responded after an indigenous Australian highlighted a clip of a stand-up show in 2013 where the comedian made the offensive comments, with the hashtag #boycotttrevornoahinoz.

In the footage, Noah said that "all women of every race can be beautiful," then said: "And I know some of you are sitting there now going, 'Oh Trevor, yeah, but I've never seen a beautiful Aborigine.'"

He then went on to say, "It's not always about looks," and pretended to play a didgeridoo in a suggestive way.

The clip has since been removed from social media, after indigenous ex-NRL player Joe Williams said the comments were "utterly unacceptable" especially for "a man of colour".

"I am so disgusted and appalled by the comments by @Trevornoah and his attempted humour that denigrates Aboriginal women I hope Australians boycott his shows in #Brisbane #Sydney #Melbourne #Perth," author Anita Heiss said on social media.

Noah responded that Williams was right.

"After visiting Australia's Bunjilaka museum and learning about aboriginal history first-hand I vowed never to make a joke like that again. And I haven't," he said on social media.

The controversy over Noah's joke has arisen at a time of heightened scrutiny of indigenous issues, amid an inquest into the death in custody of a mentally ill indigenous man.

Noah is due to tour Australia in late August.

Reuters