‘Daily Show’ slams world apathy over Boko Haram: ‘Africa’s the Vegas of Islamic terror’
Daily Show host Jon Stewart was on the defensive on Thursday as correspondent Trevor Noah called out the U.S. for seemingly ignoring the Boko Haram massacres in Nigeria while focusing on the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France.
“Sometimes it just feels like Africa’s the Vegas of Islamic terror,” Noah said. “‘What happens in Africa, stays in Africa.'”
Noah argued that, while more than a million people — including several world leaders — marched in Paris in solidarity with the victims of the mass shooting at the satirical newspaper’s offices, Boko Haram’s killing of more than 2,000 people and razing of two Nigerian villages earlier this month has not gotten the same kind of response.
“At least you could have sent us James Taylor,” Noah said. “What, Africa doesn’t get a friend?”
Since then, he continued, the “Black ISIS” has overrun an area the size of Slovakia.
“That’s two Slovenias,” Noah told a baffled-looking Stewart, adding, “That’s 9 million American football fields.”
“Holy sh*t, that’s a lot of area,” Stewart finally replied. “I did not realize.”
African countries, Noah said, are fighting the same terrorism that the West is. He noted that Boko Haram and Islamic State share a penchant for the same atrocities, and that their members also use similar clothing.
“You know, we’d love to [help], Trevor,” Stewart offered apologetically. “But our war on global terror calendar is so full, between the ISIS — they’re trying to set up a caliphate.”
However, the host changed his tune when Noah pointed out that Nigeria control’s the 10th-biggest oil supply in the world — 37 billion barrels’ worth.
“Actually, I think about it, we do have an opening, in between ISIS and Yemen, ” Stewart gasped. “I think we can squeeze you in. Perhaps we can have James Taylor over there right away.”
Watch the discussion, as posted online on Thursday, below.