Trevor Noah labels media coverage of Russian invasion ‘racist’ [watch]

South African-born comedian Trevor Noah has made a bold statement by calling media coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine “racist” on The Daily Show on Tuesday 1 March.


Trevor Noah has called out the media’s coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on an episode of The Daily Show. It’s been just over a week since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military offensive against Ukraine, with large-scale military convoys nearing the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.

In the light of the invasion, South Africa, Nigeria and other countries have been trying to help their citizens escape from Ukraine after reports of “racism and unfair treatment” surfaced.

Noah has since shared his thoughts on what he labels the “racist” media coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Daily Show host shared clips of journalists saying did not think “certain neighbours” would have to experience fleeing Ukraine.


“A lot of people on TV did not expect a war like this to happen, in let’s say certain neighbourhoods,” he said.

“This is not a developing third world nation. This is Europe,” said a journalist.

“This isn’t a place. With all due respect, you know like Iraq or Afghanistan. You know this is a relatively civilised, relatively European — I have to choose those words carefully too – city where you wouldn’t expect that or hope its going to happen,” said another journalist.

The comedian went on to say that aside from the so-called “racism”, Europeans were the ones who were fighting wars previously.

“Beyond the racism, like let’s not forget the racism, oh how I wish we could forget about the racism. You do realise that until very recently, fighting crazy wars was Europe’s thing. That’s all of European history, they even had something called, the Hundred Years’ War…they got a Noble Prize because they stopped fighting, imagine that,” said Noah.

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