South African comedian Trevor Noah waded into the politics of professional sport in America ahead of Super Bowl 50, which was played on Sunday evening.
The host of the Daily Show inferred racial double standards when it came to the media’s portrayal of the opposing two quarterbacks: Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers and Peyton Manning of the Denver Bronco.
“Let’s face it, people, we all know what’s really going on here,” he said.
“This is about race. And you know what I love about all the race conversations in society? People always say it’s not about race,” Noah said.
Noah joked that he has been following football for a long time, adding…”and I’ve also been following what Americans call football for quite a while now.”
Earlier this month Slate.com published an article titled Why Are Americans Ignoring Trevor Noah?
The article looked at the South African’s influence on The Daily Show since taking over from John Stewart, in September last year.
“Noah’s Daily Show has been attracting fewer than 1 million viewers in the all-important 18-49 demo, down more than 30% compared with Stewart’s last quarter,” read the report.
This follows reports in November 2015 that the US ratings for The Daily Show had dropped drastically since Noah took over.
The Denver Broncos upset the Carolina Panthers 24-10 to win Super Bowl 50.