The daily programs Trevor Noah was criticizing “the biggest dick on Earth,” Ron DeSantis, for sending two planes full of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Thursday night when he made a sharp turn toward a different kind of troll.
“While American lawmakers bicker over what happens on land borders, Americans on the internet are at war over what happens under the sea,” the host said before presenting a summary of the racist reaction to Disney’s decision to choose a black actress as Ariel in the upcoming live-action film version of The little Mermaid.
“Really, people? Are we going to do this again?” Noah asked. “Once again, a bunch of internet racists are upset that a fictional character is being played by a black person. And honestly, I don’t know what the problem is. You realize Nemo was black too, right? Yeah! The whole movie was about a fish that can’t find its father.”
As the audience grunted at that punchline, the host added, “Calm down! I can say that because my dad left and he was white, so who’s racist now?
Then, after joking that The Little Mermaid is a perfect fit for other black celebrities like Lil Wayne, Lil Nas X and Lil’ Kim, Noah implored haters to “stop being ridiculous, it’s imaginary.”
“You know, I hope this scandal doesn’t overshadow the rest of the movie,” he concluded. “The little Mermaid is a beautiful story about a young woman who changes her core identity to please a man. Let’s not forget about that, people.”
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