Trevor Noah is "just false," according to former cabinet minister Sajid Javid, when he asserts that Rishi Sunak faced racist "backlash" after becoming the UK's first British-Asian Prime Minister.
The comedian and presenter Noah claimed there were those who were saying "now the Indians are going to take over Great Britain" in a video that was shared on Twitter from his American satirical news programme The Daily Show.
Former chancellor and health secretary Mr. Javid responded to the claims by reposting the video and writing, "Simply incorrect. The cost of catering to his audience was that the tale lost any connection to reality.
The most successful multiracial democracy in the world, Britain is proud of this historic accomplishment.
I haven't questioned the Prime Minister about that, a Downing Street official said in response to Noah's "backlash" remarks. But you heard what was said about the Prime Minister in the House of Commons on Wednesday, and you've also seen what other international leaders have said and how people have reacted to his nomination as Prime Minister.
The spokesperson said, "No, he doesn't," in response to the question of whether Mr. Sunak thinks Britain is a racist nation.
One of the more telling things about how people view the role they or their people have played in history is watching the story of Rishi Sunak becoming England's first Prime Minister of colour, of Indian descent, and then seeing the backlash, Noah said in his monologue, "Unpacking the backlash against new UK PM Rishi Sunak."
And by that, I mean that a lot of people say things like, "Oh, they're taking over, now the Indians are going to take over Great Britain, and what's next? "
And every time, I find myself asking, "So what? What are you frightened of?
"You see folks like Tucker Carlson (a Fox News anchor in the United States) constantly stating 'You know what they're trying to do? "So what? They won't stop until women and people of colour hold positions of power."
Why are you so terrified, he said. And I believe this is the case because many people don't realise that they are saying, "We don't want these people who were previously oppressed to get into power because they might do to us what we did to them.
Social media users questioned Noah's remarks below the video, which has received over 850 000 views. Some claimed he was "projecting" American ideas on race onto Britain.
Tom Holland, a historian, author, and podcaster, objected to Noah's assertions as well, writing: "As always, it is amazing how American liberals are unable to see the world outside of the US in any context other than that of the US.
"(I would agree that there is essentially zero chance that the right-wing party in the US will elect a Hindu as its leader.)"
Mr. Sunak is married to Akshata Murty, the daughter of billionaire NR Narayana Murthy, the founder of Indian IT giant Infosys, and together they have two young daughters, Krishna and Anoushka. Mr. Sunak was born in Hampshire, south-east England, to Indian immigrant parents—a pharmacist mother and a GP father.
The 42-year-old became the first Hindu, the first Asian, and the youngest prime minister in more than 200 years when he was chosen on Tuesday.
South African TV broadcaster Noah made the announcement last month that, after seven years at the leadership of The Daily Show, he will be stepping down.
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