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Trevor responds to a letter from French ambassador Gérard Araud criticizing him for congratulating Africa on France’s World Cup victory.

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64 Responses

  1. Cristi says:

    Le truc qui montre que tu est vraiment stupide c’est que tu dit qu’on ne prend pas en compte la dualité de leurs origine. Ok, fine! Mais en disant « african team » tu ne la prend pas en compte non plus! Tu dit juste que ce sont des africains, pas des français. Et maintenant, en lieu de dire « moi, j’ai raison », va plutôt demander aux joueurs de l’équipe de france ceux qu’ils en pensent!
    Tu peut retourner les choses comme tu veux, « africain team » it’s a big fucking racist joke! Better said sorry, instead, “oooooo, look at me, i’m American, I’m always right”

    • jusadude says:

      Cristi. Les français sont tellement offensés parce qu’ils savent où les joueurs dont Trevor parle a grandi en France. Le Banlieuse. Ils ne veulent pas attirer l’attention sur le fait qu’ils ont des ghettos qui produisent leurs joueurs de soccer comme les ghettos américains qui produisent le football américain et les joueurs de basket-ball. Il a très peu à voir avec le “indivis ” France et plus à voir avec ne pas avoir ce fait mis en évidence.

    • A M says:

      jusadude, t’es français ?

    • Abdoulaye Diack says:

      Obama, Maduro ont aussi parlé des origines des joueurs alors mieux vaut la prendre pour une bonne critique

    • Ed McGuigan says:

      Pas tres intelligent toi. Lui il est d’Afrique est je le trouve tout a fait normal qu’il reclame le victoire de l’equipe francaise pour son continent. Ce que tout ceci demontre est que les francais blancs sont ridiculement sensibles et n’ont aucun sens de l’humour. L’idee que les gens negres et arabes sont bienvenus en France y qu’on ne les identfie comme “autre” est vraiment ridicule et absurde.

    • mindfreedom1 says:

      Cristi begone! You arrogant creature! Liberte,Fraternité, égalité my butt! Il a le droit de dire ce qu’il veut, il est libre d’exprimer ses opinions comme il désire ! It’s called (libérte d’expression) ou bien c’est seulement appliqué sur les musulmans/noires ? Bande d’hypocrites !

  2. MF. Grace says:

    big fan.. But , it was low from you.

    • PAPASNARF!!! says:

      YOUR A FAN OF TRASH THEN. TREVOR IS A PIECE OF VILE CRAP.

    • jusadude says:

      MF. Grace. The French are so offended because they know where the players that Trevor is talking about grew up in France. The Banlieuse. They don’t want attention drawn to the fact that they have ghettos that produce their soccer players like American ghettos that produce America’s Football and Basketball players. It has very little to do with the “Undivided” France and more to do with not having this fact highlighted.

    • Pierre Bourdon says:

      BS. We’re fully aware that we have ghettos and not particularly proud of it. But big news for you, the French citizens living in those ghettos are… French. If they want to claim whatever heritage from Africa, the Middle East, Portugal, wherever, they can and it is their absolute right to do so. But it’s not up to Trevor Noah or anyone else to do it for them. If these players feel French and only French, it is damn racist to refer to them as African solely based on the colour or their skin, or because their parents were born there. Damn, you wouldn’t even bother researching were the parents of the white French players were born, bet you don’t care.

      And again, this has nothing to do with denying that discriminations do exist in France, including against those very players, partly based on the same rhetoric that Trevor uses.

  3. SKP All-Terrain says:

    What about if all french players were white with african last names (after many generations of mix), can Trevor still say that africa won the world cup?

  4. D.M0NZzTeR says:

    hahahaha this is so shameful, do you understand what you are saying Trevor? Continue to influence people this way and world will be more injured by racism than it is today , and I don’t understand why you are complaining about racists because you are one of them. Question yourself a bit more about the meaning of culture.

  5. Kwami Agbodji says:

    While I mostly get what Noah is saying, I feel he twisted the spirit of letter; he especially glossed over “there is no hyphenated identity”. I didn’t take this to mean “you cannot celebrate your roots if you’re French”. Rather, it meant the law and culture will not distinguish your “frenchness” based on your roots. This is a powerful thing, and you can likely attest to it if you’ve experienced both cultures as I have. For example, In America, when you fill most forms, you have to indicate race. This creates superfluous divisions and sometimes conscious/unconscious discrimination that are carried throughout the society all here have accepted as norm. Sorry Noah, I get the joke, and having African roots, I actually found it quite funny, but I’ll call BS on your rebuke to the letter.

    • TNM001 says:

      @Flyght Myleage
      who is stereotyping now? all french do this? how about 15% right wingers…which are being contested on their immigration views every day, btw, and lost at the last elections while being hyped alot.
      i was surprised when Trevor used this argument as blatant stereotype, its so below his intellect.

      all french do not choose good and bad immigrants, thats insulting. btw, did you MISS the point that apart from 2 they are all BORN and RAISED in France? they are as french as it gets. what they do in private, if they like to celebrate their parents, grandparents or even earlier heritages is totally up to them, but when THE STATE speaks about them they are french, represent France and have earned the RESPECT to do exactly that without insinuations that they are anything but.

    • jusadude says:

      Kwami Agbodji. The French embassador is offended because he knows where the players that Trevor is talking about grew up in France. The Banlieuse. He doesn’t want attention drawn to the fact that they have ghettos that produce their soccer players like American ghettos that produce America’s Football and Basketball players. It has very little to do with the “Undivided” France and more to do with not having this fact highlighted.

    • ericmarseille2 says:

      UNTRUE..African immigrants have to be immigrants first ; descendants of African immigrants are understood as French, and the fact that they prefer to cling together instead of conforming into our Society means the blame is on THEM, not on the rest of us…That’s why we have hated so much the 2010 French soccer team, because they were openly rejecting the Society which put them at the pinnacle of their profession.
      Don’t turn the problem around!

    • Ed McGuigan says:

      and I’ll take a guess that you are not black. When I was a boy, my local cricket club, after a rotten season, invited some black players from the Caribbean to join. During a few successful seasons, these guys were welcome and accepted. When the defeats started piling up again, a significant proportion of the club wanted the “niggas” out.

      Flyght Myleage doesn’t think this way, he knows it to be an objective reality. You have your head up your presumably white @$$.

    • bmcart1 says:

      This Noah makes it about Black and White. He never distinguishes any African culture or country …its all about being Black. He separates people and cultures all under the guise of feelin his Blackness….and that’s OK. As long as old colonial “White guy” keeps his mouth shut and doesn’t do it…cause he Noah is going to school you all. Well I’m not old colonial “White guy” just someone who knows that this dude has a massive chip on his shoulder and wants to bring everyone down with him. I see know difference in this guy and any other jaded poor soul who keeps racism alive. I’d love me playin some ball against this dude. Couldn’t wait to see that look in his face…..you know the one ….that…I should be winning this game one…..

  6. Enzo Paolini says:

    Un americain qui parle du racisme en France et qui prend les USA en exemple avec sa Saint Patrick ça me fait doucement rire

    • Delices Mark says:

      il n est pas americain… il est sudaf. Meme si souvent il denonce Trump pour son racisme, finalement ils ne sont pas si different que ca; refus de se remettre en question et de s excuser. sinon, l idiotie est totale!!!

    • Abdoulaye Diack says:

      S’excuser de quoi? Pourquoi on ne peut pas être Français et fier de ses origines?

    • jusadude says:

      Enzo Paolini. Les français sont tellement offensés parce qu’ils savent où les joueurs dont Trevor parle a grandi en France. Le Banlieuse. Ils ne veulent pas attirer l’attention sur le fait qu’ils ont des ghettos qui produisent leurs joueurs de soccer comme les ghettos américains qui produisent le football américain et les joueurs de basket-ball. Il a très peu à voir avec le “indivis ” France et plus à voir avec ne pas avoir ce fait mis en évidence.

    • Tam Hu says:

      jusadude
      est-ce que t’es un troll ??

    • MaîtreGiggs says:

      S’excuser de ce qu’il avait dit initialement, et qui n’a rien à voir avec le fait d’être français et fier de ses origines ou pas.

  7. Armand Arana says:

    I disagree with Trevor here. the ambassador is arguing their nationality whereas Trevor is defending his joke implying the ambassador is trying to diminish the heritage of these players when the ambassador was not.

    citing the immigrant is a totally different issue, and when trevor covered that event he was praising france. unfortunately i think this was a lapse of maturity from Trevor.

    • Armand Arana says:

      another thing, FIFA lets players play for countries they were born in, immigrated or even the country your parents came from as long as you can prove that connection. so for example Kylian Mbappe could have played for France, Algeria, or Cameroon if he wanted to.

  8. Razaz Eltom says:

    Finally someone is saying something!

  9. mimmi brontola says:

    I am not even French… and I love your show, butTrevor you hardly understand anything about the way skin colour is perceived in Europe… nobody is denying here they’re black… but they’re Black French people…. not Africans…. being considered African because you’re black is extremely racist over here! You’re a black European. You’ve decided to live with us, you’ve taken the citenzenship of this country… you’re one of us now. We are not colour blind… you’re still black and French, German, Italian ….
    I’m Italian and when Italian-American come here stating that they’re Italian… well we tell them they’re not if they can’t speak Italian and don’t know anything about Dante etc etc… they’re American to us. Two different perspectives and it would be very nice if you could try and understand the ‘European’ take on that, too.

    • Caroline Mulwa says:

      This whole thing was brought up by two major happenings that people did without the thought of what damage it will bring to future generations colonialism and slavery… if it weren’t for that we would love and respect each other as we are… race is not just race and I support Trevor on his explanation makes a lot of sense and guess what he knows they are french citizens he just recognizing their roots which we all would do..

    • jusadude says:

      mimmi brontola. The French are so offended because they know where the players that Trevor is talking about grew up in France. The Banlieuse. They don’t want attention drawn to the fact that they have ghettos that produce their soccer players like American ghettos that produce America’s Football and Basketball players. It has very little to do with the “Undivided” France and more to do with not having this fact highlighted.

    • mimmi brontola says:

      A Laly are you American? Because what you call ‘African’ immigrants do not consider themselves ‘African’ …. they’re Nigerian, Senegale, Ivorian, Kenian or Maroccan (and therefore African and not black) if they were born in an African country.
      They consider themselves ‘African’ only when they are asked what continent they are from.
      But if they were born in Europe they will tell you that they’re French, German, British…. full stop.
      Asking them where their parents/grandparents came from is really bad manners unless you know them well.

    • didifunny95 says:

      mimmi brontola actually as someone who lives in France I can tell you that if you ask a black person where they are from they would probably say their african country and I bet you everything that I have that if you would ask the french players the same question before they got in the team they would say congo or mali. Thing is I’m pretty sure they are equally pride of their african root as they are proud of their citizenship but sports is also a political ground so of course they will shed light in the fact that they are french more

    • Sibusiso Siso says:

      In Africa they will always be Africans no matter where they r born bcoz afrika was born to them

  10. MG. MX says:

    Absolutely LOVE what you do Trevor but this time I do not agree at all. BORN AND RAISED FRENCH their parents might be African and they might live with both cultures but that doesn’t make them African. Part of my family comes from Spain… but I was born and raised MEXICAN not for a second I consider myself Spanish (even though I love them!) my children were born in Cancún and we moved to France they have both nationalities they consider themselves LATINOS AND FRENCH. French football players consider themselves as what they are… FRENCH! and as in any cosmopolitan country you have different colors… that is it! just a color, in this case black 🖤 and really bringing the colonialism card?? 👎

    • lionel 1964 says:

      You re right Trevor racists are saying they re not really french because they re from African origins.The ambassadeur just wanted You to understand that we all Know lot of these players are from African.origin but Whats is important is citizenship

      .Remember Trump saying Obama Was an African !

  11. Emperor Napoleon says:

    I like Trevor but this chaps my ass.
    A lot of those players were born in France. They were not born in Africa.
    The African born man became a French citizen.
    Many of the migrants and refugees are BORN in AFRICA and are making their way to Europe.
    Many of those players were BORN in FRANCE.
    I agree with the French ambassador.

  12. drevilatwork says:

    Yet again, its ok and encouraged to be racist if you’re not white as trevor shows it. If race is not considered that the french team is made of french citizens. But if race is considered that the players could be African. Therefore Trevor is a racist . And yes, you can be racist against people that have the same race as you as in a black cop having a prejudice against black persons

    • Ɲɛѵɛʀɱѳʀɛ says:

      OLUWABUKOLA AKINYEMI then get a team from Africa to try for the win, do you always have to take everyone else’s achievements from them?

    • Ɲɛѵɛʀɱѳʀɛ says:

      OLUWABUKOLA AKINYEMI it was a French win, with no racism attached.
      Your the racist and I doubt they want that.

    • Danny Carmichael says:

      drevilatwork Why are BROWN skinned people called BLACK? Why are PINK/PALE skinned people called WHITE? A lie and deception for the sake of greed by some ALBINOS!!!

    • Danny Carmichael says:

      Why are BROWN skinned people called BLACK? Why are PINK/PALE skinned people called WHITE? A lie and deception for the sake of greed by some ALBINOS!!!

    • Sibusiso Siso says:

      Being afrikans is an identity to us afrikans

  13. Catherine Simon says:

    Trevor, as a Franco-American, I have to agree with the ambassador. How unfortunate that you would apply the African-American identity to other countries and cultures.
    You don’t understand French culture and you are filtering your ideas through the eyes of American history!
    If you had said they were French of African decent, it would
    Not have been an issue. Do not project your view of racism to a culture you do not understand and to a country you do not know!
    France has worked hard to assimilate many peoples from many countries while trying to retain its identity. It is a difficult job and comments like yours are divisive and not unifying.

    • OLUWABUKOLA AKINYEMI says:

      Catherine Simon Francois Clerc SilentMott Race is defined as a group of persons related by common descent or heredity. I’m Nigerian and I live in Nigeria and the entire country rooted for France as Trevor said. The fact that a lot of those players are of African descent is the argument here and it should not be discounted. There were players of Malian, Congolese, Cameroon, Guinea and Togolese heritage on the team. That win for France was a win for Africa too and we supported them to till end. Being called African isn’t an insult, we take pride in our heritage.

    • jusadude says:

      Catherine Simon. Qu’en est-il de l’exemple que si vous êtes noir ou brun que vous allez vivre dans les banlieues? Est-ce un bon exemple pour tout le monde? Est-ce un bon exemple d’égalité? Lorsque vous placez des groupes de personnes dans une zone désignée d’un pays qui ne signifie pas l’égalité. Cela signifie que nous sommes ici et que vous êtes là jusqu’à ce que nous ayons besoin de vous. Ce n’est pas un bon exemple pour personne. Ce n’est pas un exemple d’unité sur tous. C’est un exemple d’unité quand il est commode.

    • OigoMiEggo says:

      Oh yes, they work so hard that they ignore race when gathering census data. That’s not the equivalent of sticking your head in the sand at all.

      I suppose when you cross the pond, all people are treated equally regardless of race, and the people mocking black people in power like Minister Taubira are part of this normal backdrop.

      Bullshit

    • Tam Hu says:

      There is still racism in France, but we are working on it, Trevor’s joke and dismissal of the ambassadors comment doesn’t help

  14. Son GoKann says:

    In the USA, you say “Samuel L Jackson is African-American”. In France, we say “Samuel L Jackson is American”. Period. Nationality is totally different from ethnicity. We are not dumb. We DO know that a big part of the French soccer… Sorry, I meant the big part of the French football team are from immigrant descents. But we don’t care! In the sense that to us, and to them, they’re French. Because, they ARE French ! So, when you say that “Africans won the world cup”, it’s an insult to those guys in France, cause you’re saying that no matter what they do, good or bad, they will just be considered as Africans who happened to live in France, who happened to play football, who happened to win the world cup. That’s not how it works in France. But I get your joke. Even though it was a bad joke from the French point of view. I can accept that. But your answer, this answer… Even though, I’m a huge fan of yours, I’m sorry, man. Don’t try to justify it. Just say it was a bad joke and let’s move on. I’m still a fan of yours and I can’t wait to watch some more videos of yours.

    PS : by the way, the joke about Mamoudou Gassama… Not cool, dude.

    • NGAWANG says:

      why is it an insult to call an African man African? And why is being “French” so highly acclaimed the way you put it lol

      I’m Asian American, but when you look at me. You can say I’m Asian (which I 100% am). And I’m proud and not offended by it.

      WTF is this virtue signaling man! Can’t even acknowledge the truth anymore with folks like you bullying people and distorting the truth

    • Son GoKann says:

      NGAWANG Dude, I’m Asian too, and I’m French !

    • NGAWANG says:

      and that’s perfectly fine. but ethnically, by race you are Asian right. And you should be proud of your roots man.

      regardless of your citizenship which is French.

      I hope you get my point.

      Kante, Pogba, Matudi, Imtuti, Mbappe, Dembele, Dzonzi they all are African of race, and French citizens alright.

      Anyone saying otherwise is a BS vendor like Nassim Taleb would say

  15. Ousmane Dembélé says:

    Tous les pigeons qui applaudissent et qui rigole derrière non mais sérieux quoi cents vraiment un fils de pute ce trevor quelle raciste il a juste le seum que la frnace est gagner

  16. immediamal coccinello says:

    All this story just proves that *skin color is very important in the USA*

  17. TheRepty818 says:

    It’s funny because so many western countries have a distaste for immigrants until those immigrants children are playing on sports teams.

  18. Variety Stuff says:

    France is a country that always exploits the poor African nations of it resources and this time his people. They all come when you got something to offer.

    • The Elliott says:

      Variety Stuff are you stupid and ignorant you’re American would you like me to tell you what America did to this world, I love Trevor but this went way too far.

  19. Fredster Fotos says:

    Trevor, I love your show. You are one of the smartest and funniest comedians out there. But on this one I feel you made a mistake. A simple apology would have been great. When I watched the original video I already thought that this wasn’t funny. This follow up makes things worse.

    • jusadude says:

      Fredster Fotos. The French are so offended because they know where the players that Trevor is talking about grew up in France. The Banlieuse. They don’t want attention drawn to the fact that they have ghettos that produce their soccer players like American ghettos that produce America’s Football and Basketball players. It has very little to do with the “Undivided” France and more to do with not having this fact highlighted.

  20. KeyboardWarrior says:

    C’est triste. You are very uneducated on this, and you are purposely twisting the letter, you are wrong here, just apologise and move on.

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