Trevor Noah's Oscar message has a different meaning than what he said

Feb 26, 2019, 00:58

Noah, who grew up in the township of Soweto, shot to fame in 2015 as the surprise choice to host the nightly satire show, taking over after Jon Stewart's celebrated 16-year stint.

While introducing Best Picture nominee "Black Panther", at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, February 24, Noah started telling the guests about his best "personal Wakanda moments".

"Black Panther may be an African hero, but his story and his appeal are universal".

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What stood out most however, is when Trevor spoke some Xhosa on stage.

Several South Africans who were watching the awards got the joke and quickly took it to social media.

Trevor said: 'Even Mel Gibson said to me Wakanda Forever, he said something else after, but the Wakanda Part was nice'.

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As the BBC's Pumza Fihlani noted, the actual English translation is, "White people don't know that I'm lying".

The guests present at the event found him pretty amusing, but they had no idea just how amusing he was being.

However, others noted that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler seemed unimpressed by the joke, while their fellow presenter Maya Rudolph nodded along with Trevor.

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However, there was actually a gag within that gag, as Noah did in fact drop a legitimate phrase in South Africa's Xhosa language - just not at all the one he related to the crowd.