Trevor Noah, popular American comedian, is known for the satirical content he produces. Recently, however, his comparison of Pakistan’s new PM Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump did not go down well.
Noah has been widely critically acclaimed by political satirists for the way he delivers comic content related to global political issues. However, in the latest episode of his show, the South African comedian compared the newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, with the President of United States, Donald Trump – and Khan’s supporters are extremely unhappy.
Noah started off his banter by drawing similarities between the personal backgrounds of both politicians. He commented on their romantic endeavors, their ‘privileged’ childhoods and their good looks.
Trevor further tried to prove his point by playing a video showing interview clips of both politicians one after the other, where both had lavish houses, three marriages each, and seemed to be narcissistically claiming that the public loves them. He also took a dig at what he said was Imran Khan’s ‘playboy’ background, referring to his home as his ‘lair’.
“While was Trump was doing pizza ads, Khan was promoting Pepsi. Trump has three marriages in the tabloid, so did Khan. Trump thinks Islam is bad, Khan lives is Islamabad,” Noah joked.
He further called the two leaders ‘twins’, while branding Khan a ‘tan version of Trump’, and then tried creating a hypothetical situation where Trump wakes up only to find himself as a brown person.
He ended his banter by adding, “I don’t know if Prime Minister Khan will turn out to be exactly like President Trump. All I’m saying is that if you’re planning to move to Pakistan to escape Trump, you might want to pick some place else.”
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was recently elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, right after the former PM Nawaz Sharif was jailed on charges of corruption. Khan is currently being lauded as one of the few world leaders who have refused all state luxuries.
His mandate promises a focus on the poor, the minorities and the women, as well as a new, transparent system of governance. He has also placed special emphasis on areas like education and tourism – those often deemed to have been ignored by past leaders
Many within Pakistan and around the world are looking forward to Khan bringing forth what he calls ‘a new Pakistan’. Amidst this situation, Trevor Noah’s satire does not seem to have settled well with Khan’s supporters.
Many took to Twitter to bash the comedian for his ‘inaccurate’ and ‘flawed’ comparison, some even accusing him of using Khan for ‘ratings’. Others saw him as ‘an American being threatened by an independent Muslim leader’, while many criticized him for being ignorant of the ‘progressiveness’ Khan has brought to Pakistan.
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) August 15, 2018
Weirdest thing I’ve heard today is that @Trevornoah is using Imran Khan for ratings. Sigh. Don’t know whether to laugh or cry. ???
— Mehreen Zahra-Malik (@mehreenzahra) August 16, 2018
Saw a video of Trevor Noah comparing Imran Khan to Trump. Coupled with the ridiculous comparisons of Erdogan to Trump previously, I can only imagine if Morsi came to power today he also wld be compared to Trump. It’s very obvious that Muslim leaders w/ independence are villified.
— #SilencedNoMore (@FromCairoToBx) August 15, 2018
People who understand America politics will get me. Isn’t it funny how the government of the USA, which is the conservatives, is also freaking out about Imran khan and now liberals like Trevor Noah are trying to highlight him in a bad image ? our PM must be doing something right
— oreo (@mymalarkeyy) August 15, 2018
So according to fake liberals it’s cool to call @ImranKhanPTI Stupid and dumb like @realDonaldTrump! Well it’s too early to pass the judgement! Imran Khan has a struggle of 22 years! He earned this place and he is already on the track to turn as a leader rather than a politician.
— Murzie ? (@Murziee) August 16, 2018
The orgasmic joy of so called paki liberals on seeing Trevor Noah's falsely equate Imran Khan with Trump is yet another manifestation of their complete disconnect with the mood of the nation
— Javed (@javedhassan) August 15, 2018
I Could literally write an essay on why the comparison is outright lazy and wrong on so many levels.
I'm going to stop by saying that It's a marriage of convenience and cheap humour…
— Shariq (@Shariq1991) August 15, 2018
disappointing seeing @trevornoah put out a piece on his show making imran khan to be trump-like.
if you don't know his background and his significance to progressivism in pakistan, don't speak on him for cheap laughs.
— ? (@aymangolassi) August 15, 2018
I have followed Trevor Noah's show for quite some time now and I've got to say these guys have a great sense of humour. Their sarcasm mostly makes sense but they were ill-informed this time around — that's all right.
But comparing Trump with Imran Khan was plain stupid..
— Hasham (@TheHashu) August 15, 2018
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Noah has not yet commented on the backlash.