It’s a classic case of people who “give it out” not being able to “take some back”. The EFF – both its supporters and leadership – are absolutely fuming with Trevor Noah this week, after he parodied Julius Malema on The Daily Show.
Juju angered by Daily Show feature
The funnyman of Soweto said that Juju “speaks about genocide like he’s remodelling a kitchen”, and played a few clips of Malema’s fierce rhetoric to his American audience. It was a good gag, but comparisons between the EFF leader and Donald Trump – as two anti-establishment, anti-press politicians – really did rub the red berets up the wrong way:
I can't believe Trevor Noah said Julius Malema is WORSER than Trump 😲!!! WANYA
Just all for American clout, He must be canceled
— Yesu Nyana Ka Thixo (@uYesuKrestu) May 10, 2019
Of course, this exchange hasn’t escaped the attentions of senior EFF representatives either – and yes, it’s gone all the way to the top. Julius Malema has reacted on Twitter, suggesting that Trevor is actually an agent of Cyril Ramaphosa and a part of the ANC’s election campaign:
He was part of their campaign plan.
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) May 10, 2019
What Trevor Noah said about Julius Malema
Of course, Trevor Noah famously met with Cyril Ramaphosa at the National Assembly back in March. The comedian was invited to a session of Parliament in Cape Town – who knows, maybe Cyril did bend his ear? This is what was said during the now-infamous segment on The Daily Show.
“South Africa also has a popular, anti-establishment politician in this election. His name is Julius Malema. And if you think Trump is bad, wait until you see how he treats the press.”
“He just speaks about genocide like he’s talking about remodelling his kitchen! He’s like ‘maybe I will break down that wall, and change the cabinets, and kill all the white people’…”
Trevor Noah on Julius Malema
Floyd Shivambu takes a swipe at Trevor Noah
Proving that they can take a joke properly, Floyd Shivambu also came steaming in on Saturday morning. His social media post was a little more venomous and outright called Trevor Noah a “puppet of the establishment”.
“Americans are historically known for puppeteering black people, and this one has fallen right into their doings. He’s a clown and doesn’t deserve to be dignified. Genocide in SA? He must be called Trevor Missing, the puppet of the establishment!”
Julius Malema is cancelling Trevor
Obviously, the EFF’s higher echelons were never going to be bowled over by this critique, but as a group who rely on the protections of free speech, they really shouldn’t be taking jokes like this to heart. Especially not now they’ve almost doubled their vote share from 2014 and have grown in every province.
Accusations of a “double-standard” have also surfaced. Malema in particular has furiously criticised Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa and Mmusi Maimane – three leaders Trevor Noah has previously roasted. Long story short guys: This one really isn’t that deep.