Trevor Noah. Picture: Photo:DANNY MOLOSHOK/Reuters
Trevor Noah. Picture: Photo:DANNY MOLOSHOK/Reuters

Twitter weighs in on Trevor Noah's response to French ambassador's criticism

By Washington Post and IOL Entertainment Time of article published Jul 20, 2018

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After France triumphed Sunday in the FIFA World Cup, "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah was ready to celebrate. 

"I'm so excited," he said on his show Monday, grinning and breaking into a little ditty. "Africa won the World Cup! Africa won the World Cup!" he sang, before joking that "you don't get that tan by hanging out in the south of France."

It was a joke you might expect from Noah, a South African native and biracial son of a white father and black mother.

But as Noah informed an audience recently in between scenes while filming his Comedy Central show, Gerard Araud, France's ambassador to the United States, didn't find the joke funny. "I heard your words about 'an African victory,' " Araud wrote in a letter the host read to his guests. "Nothing could be less true."

"Now, first of all ... I could have said they were Scandinavian," Noah joked. "That would have been less true."

Noah read more of the letter, which was posted to the French Embassy's official Facebook page, in a faux French accent. Araud noted that "all but two out of 23″ of the players "were born in France, they were educated in France, they learned to play soccer in France, they are French citizens."

Noah's full response, featured in an eight-minute clip posted to "The Daily Show's" Twitter page, didn't seem to change the ambassador's mind.

"End of the argument with @TrevorNoah," Araud tweeted Thursday morning. A representative for the French Embassy declined to comment further.

After Noah's response was shared on the "Daily Show" social media pages, fans weighed in on whether Noah's comments were warranted, and many simply agreed to disagree on the matter. Read some of their comments below.

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