The relationship between India and Pakistan reached a crisis point last week when Pakistan shot down and captured an Indian fighter pilot over Kashmir. That came after a suicide bomb attack that killed 40 Indian troops in the long-disputed region of Kashmir last month. A Pakistani-based extremist group, Jaish-e-Mohammed, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Islamabad has since released the Indian pilot in what Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan called a “peace gesture.”
Despite a ratcheting down of tensions following the release of the Indian pilot last week, NPR’s Lauren Frayer reports that shelling continues along the de facto border between Indian- and Pakistani-controlled parts of Kashmir.
Comedian and Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who remarked about the situation in a way that he is renowned for, received backlash from social media on joking about the political tension, who also thought that his joke was racist and culturally insensitive, between the two countries. He later apologized for his reaction to the situation.
Noah joked that war between the two would be “the most entertaining” as he imitated a Bollywood-like dance number.
“It would also be the longest war of all time — another dance number?” he said.
Noah responded over the weekend by describing his use of comedy to “process pain,” and apologized, writing in a tweet, “I am sorry that this hurt you and others, that’s not what I was trying to do.”
TREVOR NOAH APOLOGIZES FOR JOKING AROUND ABOUT INDIA-PAKISTAN TENSIONS
Noah has been renowned for always finding the funny side of serious matters and to try to make the people sometimes find the humour in such situations, so that can distract from the pressure that they are under. However, his humour turns out to be offensive to certain communities and often causes an outrage causing him to clarify his stance and to apologize to people.