The Daily Show host Trevor Noah has apologised for a joke he made about Indigenous Australian women after footage of a 2013 performance went viral on the weekend.
The joke centered around the beauty of "all women of every race."
"I know some of you are sitting here now going, 'Oh Trevor, I've never seen a beautiful Aborigine'," said the South African comedian. "But you know what you say? You say 'yet'. Because you haven't seen them all, right?"
In the performance Noah then says it "wasn't all about looks", and that maybe "Aborigine women do special things ... like jump on top of you," before mimicking the sound of a didgeridoo while gesturing oral sex.
On Monday morning Noah apologised on Twitter, replying to a tweet from writer Anita Heiss who had said the joke denigrates Aboriginal women and called for other Australians to boycott his August tour of the country.
Previously, former NRL star and mental health campaigner Joe Williams had brought attention to the joke, saying Noah's comments were "utterly unacceptable" and that his words encouraged racial abuse.
"You're right," said Noah. "After visiting Australia's Bunjilaka museum and learning about aboriginal [sic] history first hand I vowed never to make a joke like that again. And I haven't. I'll make sure the clip from 2013 is not promoted in any way."
In Australia, Noah has been heavily criticised for his comments.
You can watch footage of Noah's 2013 performance here.
Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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