South African vs. American Culture – Between the Scenes | The Daily Show

– If there was one aspect
of South African culture that I could — [Female Guest] –
transplant to America. – Transplant to America
what would it be? What would it be? I think it would be
maybe our general ease at talking about race and
our racial past, you know. Cause South Africa and
America have very similar histories you know in that
there was many things that were done to people of color
that were extremely heinous. But we, just maybe because of
the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in our country,
we’re forced to talk about it. And we just talk about it. It’s painful but we laugh
about it and it’s out there. Whereas in America I find
that there’s like a lot of tension in and around that. People are just like “Come on,
do we have to bring that up?” And it like, dude, I’m not
saying you did slavery. Calm down. Do you know what I mean? Cause that’s how a lot
of people treat it. They’re just like
“I wasn’t there”. I didn’t say you were there. I’m just like slavery happened. “Yeah but I swear I wasn’t–” Dude, you’re 37, calm down. You know what I mean? And I feel that
there could be — It helps to be able
to have conversations about those things
because then it helps you understand how you got
to where you got to. But if you can’t have
those conversations then you just have
to operate in a blind space of like “How
did this happen?” “Why do so many
black people live in “this part of Harlem?” “I don’t know why do you think?” “I don’t know.” Do you get what I’m saying? It actually opens
it up, I think. That would be like the one part. And it doesn’t fix everything. Don’t get me wrong. But I do think it
makes it easier to address issues,
to have conversations when you can just be like
“Yeah man, this shit happened”. You know what I mean? You can just be like
yeah, that was crazy. That was wild that that
happened, that this happened. And that’s the thing,
a lot of the time people think it’s
about assigning blame, but it’s not. It’s about addressing
what happened so that everyone can move
forward and understand why things need to
be fixed or how they got there in the first place. Does that make sense? Like imagine — (applause) Imagine if like you want
to talk to your doctor about something that
happened inside your body. And then your doctor
scans and you’re like “Doc I think I might
have a cancer”. And your doctor is
like “I wasn’t there. “I wasn’t eating with you”. You’re like “No I just
need your help fixing it”. “Yeah, I wasn’t there though”. No man just like chill out. That’s the one thing. I’ll transplant
that and chickens that don’t do weights and stuff. (laughter) That’s the other part, like chickens that
just like are normal. Cause American chickens
is just like what is — I’m sorry, what, is that
the thing I’m eating? Oh, like I remember
when I first saw a chicken wing in America. This is the dumbest
thing you’ve ever heard. And you’re going to judge
me but I judge you back. I remember the first
time I had a chicken wing in America, is like I
ordered like buffalo wings. Okay, I know this sounds
crazy, but the reason I was intrigued cause I saw
it on someone else’s plate. And then I was like
“What are those?” And someone said those
are buffalo wings. And I was like “Oh, is this
like part of the buffalo “that I don’t know”. And I was like I wanna
taste buffalo wings. And then I remember eating
it and then I was like “It’s sort of like chicken.” And someone’s like
“It is chicken.” And then I was like
“But it’s buffalo.” And then they were
like “No it’s chicken.” Then I was like “What
chicken is this?” I was like “How big is
the wing of this chicken?” What dinosaur chickens
do you guys have here? Cause that’s not the size
of any normal chicken anywhere in the world. So, yeah, that’s the one
other thing I would bring is just normal animals. (laughter) That’s all. Yeah, I would bring
normal animals and conversations about race.


  1. JayBeat_Reality 08 said:

    True !

    February 10, 2020
  2. Michael Abrahams said:


    February 10, 2020
  3. Lucia Bittnérova said:

    Well yes, I am not American but I think he is 100% right. And I even agree with the chicken part as well 😀 😀
    I remember how good and juicy the chicken used to be and now it seems like I am buying a turkey and eating plastic. Like really, I am always looking forward to traveling to Africa to eat some proper food and meet with some humble and kind people.

    February 10, 2020
  4. graham said:


    February 11, 2020
  5. The Thina Dlamini Show said:

    Spoken like a true South African person 😂😂😂🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦

    February 11, 2020
  6. Siyabonga Mchunu said:

    Well, I do not know what the conversation is like in the United States, so I cannot comment about that. However, I have to say that there is an alarming amount of denial about Apartheid and its effects from the white community in South Africa. To the extent that it prevents a meaningful conversation from happening. I actually once suggested that movies be made about some of the biggest TRC revelations. All of those transcripts are available online and they are confessions. So there will not be any distortion. The logic being that young people are more likely to respond to film than text. I felt that too many people didn't know or were starting to forget where we come from. The reaction I got from white South Africans was startling. It is head in the sand stuff sometimes…most of the time. Almost an attempt to deny that period ever existed.

    February 11, 2020
  7. C said:

    I love Trevor but disagree. In South Africa, it is exhausting talking about race 24h/7 and has not changed anything if we're honest with ourselves. All I see are people on social media hating each other because we keep talking about it

    February 11, 2020
  8. C said:

    I love Trevor but disagree. In South Africa, it is exhausting talking about race 24h/7 and has not changed anything if we're honest with ourselves. All I see are people on social media hating each other because we keep talking about it

    February 11, 2020
  9. fairlind said:

    Sometimes it’s about addressing blame.

    February 12, 2020
  10. Clown Of The Zodiac said:

    When he opens his mouth I Fucken want to Blicksum him

    February 12, 2020
  11. xolani ndelu said:

    imagine if Trevor Noah could start a political party in sa

    February 13, 2020
  12. Vikter da Mystroh said:

    Their chickens are on steroids 😂

    February 13, 2020
  13. devilundercover said:

    Goddamn It Trevor, the more I watch your videos the more attractive you become to me. Smart, articulate, funny, good looking. Be still my heart 😉☺️

    February 13, 2020
  14. Raymond Acres said:

    Buffalo wings….what dinosaur chicken do you have 😂

    February 13, 2020
  15. Margaret Opine said:


    February 15, 2020
  16. Pink Freud said:

    Love this guy! So true about the chickens – weird! Also: white egg shells! What is that about? And white butter! And, apparently (not my experience), the end of a slice pan can disappear into the back of the bread shelf for nearly a month and still come out bouncy, soft and…."fresh"..? 🤮

    I could never cope with living in America. You are a brave man Trevor! Very brave man! You must have some seriously robust guts in ya! 😆😜 If I had to live in America I would make sure to always bake my own bread. Hell, I would probably end up buying 1 of every farm animal so I could raise it healthy and organic myself. 🙄😂
    I wonder if I would have to import hens that lay normal eggs – like is it a breed thing? Or a battery farm stress problem? Or a feed issue? 🤔

    February 16, 2020
  17. xXHamatoYoshiXx said:

    So according to the 2019 census there are 328,239,523 American citizens. 76.5% are white, which means that 77,136,288 are non-white. So I say take the top one percent of income earners and give $100,000 to each person of a non-white ethnicity, which comes at about $7,713,628,800,000 and then be done with it..I know it sounds like a lot, but honestly, it's fair. Yes national debt is at 20+ trillion, but non-whites weren't the ones that created this system, only a hand select few got the privilege of doing that. That ought to even the playing field at least somewhat, cuz I think way more than that would have to be done to repay the debt owed to the people that built this country.

    February 17, 2020
  18. Gerrie Burger said:

    Audience: What South African culture would you bring over?
    Trevor Noah: Chickens
    Everyone: Noah for president

    February 17, 2020
  19. Benjamin Assey said:

    That’s exactly what surprised me at the first time I got in America. The wings are bigger than the real drumsticks 🍗

    February 18, 2020
  20. Birdsong said:


    February 19, 2020
  21. S Y said:

    Cool speach!

    February 20, 2020
  22. Wairimu Mutiti said:

    There is no sense of humour in America and I believe it stems from lack of forgiveness and the continued hatred between each other obviously starting wiith politicians.
    Everyone seems uptight with one another especially between white and black. A lot of countries where the British colonized the indigenous people were discriminanted and in offices according to the color of your skin, people used different toilets or bathrooms. This was also extended to the transpirtation churches, etc.
    However, on getting independence depending on the first African leaders. The Colonialists were forgiven for their cruelty and divide and rule policy. One such country who forgave the Britons was Kenya under the leadership of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. On being sworn in as a Prime Minister and in his first speech that is what he announced. He was detained for 7 years in isolation, sleeping on wet cemented floor to a point dhere he acquired Asthma. Therefore people accepted his apologies while others observed the good will in it and everyone lived in harmony. All those divisions were dismantled. A good leader is wise enough to know you need everyone in various czpavities of the country's development and economy.
    This forgiveness is lacking here and instead of leaders dismantling all the ugliness of slavery they continued to eat the cake alone. If you don't share food with others and I don't mean necessarily food, in daily life, you keep others at arm's length the fruit you sow is hate, discord and suspicion of each other. It is the same as in a family if you only involve some children whom you encourage and others are left out guess what you hace created a division in a family. And the two iarties will never see eye to eye. This dues not need rocket science to understand, it's just common sense which is very rare.

    February 21, 2020
  23. Cheekybird 65 said:

    Trevor laughs like my uncle

    February 21, 2020
  24. Ang Aur said:

    I always say that, point on Trevor.

    February 22, 2020
  25. Ang Aur said:

    Spot on!

    February 22, 2020
  26. Angel Dd said:

    Is it possible to be attracted by sexual brain? Oh… I can’t 😋

    February 22, 2020
  27. B B said:

    I wonder how this is
    Is culture the same as past?

    February 23, 2020
  28. Etta EGBE JOSEPH said:

    Does Trevor ever get to drink what so ever is in the cups? He picks one up talks then place it back. 🤔🤔

    February 24, 2020
  29. Trisha Ann said:

    This is seriously true. I didn't know the TRUE HORRORS of slavery until I was in my 30s. In a way I wish I still didn't know. Makes me wonder what people were thinking. Like the wives of the men who caused so much pain often for no reason.

    February 25, 2020
  30. abhishek K said:

    This is the best way. Talking about history is not promoting it.

    February 25, 2020
  31. ricead said:

    Had a turkey drumstick in America once. I swear it was an ostrich leg.

    February 25, 2020
  32. Jane Cofield said:

    It's our reality

    February 26, 2020
  33. E TV said: All countries of the world with flags, Map, borders and their names

    February 28, 2020
  34. Catarina Oliveira said:

    That's true. Chicken in Mozambique is SO small.

    February 29, 2020

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