Saturday, March 25, 2017

PLAYBOY CONVERSATION: TREVOR NOAH!!!

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PLAYBOY Magazine Journalist DANIEL BARNA catches up with SOUTH AFRICAN native  COMEDY CENTRAL talk show The DAILY SHOW With TREVOR NOAH Host TREVOR NOAH for The REAL FAKE NEWS: PLAYBOY CONVERSATION - TREVOR NOAH!!!

Here are some interview interludes:

Most people here know you as a The Daily Show host first and a stand-up comedian second. Do you think audiences go into your shows expecting you to go heavy on political material?
Well, I’m comfortable doing anything, because I believe everything is politics. I’ve always been fascinated by the conversation in America: “Do you consider yourself a political person?” and I’m like, “What does that mean?” Everyone is a political person. Don’t you vote? Don’t you know what’s happening with your president? What your councilman is doing? All of this is politics. Anyone who says they’re not a political person, I’m like, “What are you doing in society?” Politics is everything you do in your life, from the potholes, to your house, to how much you pay in taxes. So I’ve never been worried about that, because I feel all topics pertain to politics in some way shape or form.
One of the jokes that’s been getting the most reaction from your special is your take on the word P*SS*. Is that in an ode to your mother, who you’ve said many times is the great hero of your life?
Yeah—I mean, I think it’s to women in general. But my mom wasn’t going to let any man take away her power, steal her sexuality or her femininity from her. She didn’t believe in being shamed, she didn’t believe in having to restrict who she was, to make a man feel comfortable. I grew up in such a strong matriarchal world, and it was really my mom who said, “You can’t hold me back from me doing my thing. If you’re not man enough to handle a woman like this than that’s your business, but I’m not going to become less of myself so you feel like more of a man.” One of the ideas that has stuck with me in life is if men spent less time trying to oppress women to be below us so that we feel more like men, and just spend more time just trying to be better men, then we’d have a better society. If you empower women, the women empower you back and you’re in a place where everyone is winning.
How do you see Trump’s presidency playing out globally? Will other countries stop looking to the U.S. for leadership in times of crisis?
Definitely. I think they’re doing that now. Here’s the thing that Donald Trump is right about: America has been picking up a lot of slack for the rest of the world. There is no denying that. But don’t take for granted that picking up the slack for somebody also gives you a lot of authority. There is a reason America gets to dictate so many decisions around the world. There’s a reason America is in the room for every conversation: It’s because they’re picking up so much of the slack. But once other countries start to fill that void, when Russia is now the protector of the other countries around it, and the same with China, and as other countries start to pick up that mantle, America might look around and say “Oh, look we have no more responsibility,” which also means they get no more rewards.
Would you have him as a guest on your show?
The invitation is eternally open. In the end, he’s the President of the United States and we have to treat him with respect. That’s what people don’t understand. Even though he’s become this character who has bumbled through conversations and ideas and has been extreme, he’s still the President, and I would afford him the same respect as any other President. But I would also ask him genuine questions as I would any other President.
Because you’re not from this country, do you think that gives you a unique position from which to comment?
I think it’s a balance. I’ve realized Donald Trump has made everyone an insider and an outsider at the same time, because every single one of us is experiencing this madness for the first time. Granted, I grew up on a continent where there were many leaders like Donald Trump, but we’ve never seen someone like this, who has the economic and military might that Donald Trump does, so in many ways we are all outsiders to this reality. And that’s what comedians are. We are outsiders to the madness that we’re experiencing.
-CCG

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