- Malaysian comedian Ronny Chieng is facing backlash for his stand-up skit on “The Daily Show” in which he joked “Indians are not Asians” days after former finance minister Rishi Sunak was announced as Britain’s first Asian prime minister.
- Chieng was criticized by many viewers who said his skit was “racist” and “tone deaf.”
- In Britain, the term “Asian” generally refers to South Asians, including Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, as they make up a large percentage of the country’s Asian population.
- Chieng and “The Daily Show” have not commented on the backlash.
Malaysian comedian and actor Ronny Chieng is under fire for his stand-up skit on “The Daily Show” in which he joked “Indians are not Asians.”
Days after former finance minister Rishi Sunak was announced as Britain’s first Asian prime minister, Chieng appeared on “The Daily Show” and joked about how “Indians are not Asians” and how he does not feel represented by Sunak.
- “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is under fire after claiming that Rishi Sunak experienced “racist backlash” as the United Kingdom’s first British Asian prime minister.
- “Watching the story of Rishi Sunak becoming England's first prime minister of color, of Indian descent, of all these things and then seeing the backlash is one of the more telling things about how people view the role that they or their people have played in history," Noah said during his show on Wednesday.
- “And what I mean by that is this: You hear a lot of the people saying, 'Oh, they're taking over — now the Indians are going to take over Great Britain,' and, 'What's next?' And I always find myself going, 'So what? What are you afraid of?"'
- Born in Hampshire, England, to immigrant parents of Indian descent, Sunak was appointed on Tuesday. He took over the position from Liz Truss, who resigned after serving as the U.K.’s prime minister for 44 days, making her the shortest-serving prime minister in British history.
“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is under fire for claiming Rishi Sunak experienced “racist backlash” after becoming the United Kingdom’s first British Asian prime minister.
Noah, 38, claimed in his show monologue on Wednesday that Sunak, also the U.K.’s youngest elected prime minister in over 200 years, faced “racist backlash” and xenophobia – something that several people, including members of the U.K. government, denied.
- President Joe Biden has come under fire on social media for mispronouncing the name of the United Kingdom’s new prime minister, Rishi Sunak.
- Sunak, who is of Indian descent, took office on Tuesday after his rival Penny Mordaunt withdrew from the Conservative Party election that sought to replace former Prime Minister Liz Truss.
- Biden made the blunder on Monday at the White House’s biggest Diwali celebration ever, referring to the new prime minister as “Rashi Sanook.”
- The gaffe led to criticism and mocking on social media, with some accusing the U.S. president of racism.
President Joe Biden is making headlines following his awkward mispronunciation of the United Kingdom’s new prime minister’s name at the White House’s Diwali celebration earlier this week.
Rishi Sunak, 42, took office on Tuesday after his rival Penny Mordaunt withdrew from the Conservative Party election. The race sought to replace former Prime Minister Liz Truss, who resigned after a botched tax-cutting budget that has placed Britain on the brink of an economic collapse.
- Rishi Sunak, a 42-year-old former finance minister, is set to become the U.K.’s first British Asian prime minister after winning the race on Monday to lead the Conservative Party.
- Sunak’s victory makes him the first person of color to be British prime minister, the first Hindu to hold the post and the youngest person to take office in over 200 years.
- Sunak is also set to become the U.K.’s third leader in less than two months this year as the nation faces economic and political chaos.
- He will be replacing Liz Truss, who resigned after less than 46 days in office due to a failed tax-cutting budget that resulted in a revolt within the Conservative Party.
- Sunak’s main challenge as the next prime minister will be to restore economic stability and unite a demoralized party.
Former finance minister Rishi Sunak will become the U.K.’s first British Asian prime minister.
Sunak, 42, won the race on Monday to lead the Conservative Party after being the only candidate to secure the support of more than 100 Conservative members of parliament needed to stay in the race. His remaining rival, Penny Mordaunt, withdrew from the race after she failed to secure the nomination threshold of 100 Conservative lawmakers.
- Former U.K. chancellor and current conservative candidate Rishi Sunak, 42, could very well be Britain’s first person of color to be elected prime minister.
- Sunak has cited his MBA experience at Stanford business school as life-changing in several speeches; however, very few Stanford Business School professors reportedly have any recollection of him, according to The Guardian, who reached out to a dozen professors and lecturers for their report.
- The former U.K. chancellor stated in a business school lecture in London last year that Nobel prize-winning economist and Stanford professor Paul Romer was one of his “inspiring” professors.
- Romer said in an interview, in contrast, that he has “no recollection of ever interacting with [Sunak].”
- With approximately 400 students in each graduating class, former dean of the business school Robert Joss insisted that it was not possible to get to know everyone on a deep level.
Former U.K. chancellor and current conservative candidate Rishi Sunak could very well be Britain’s first person of color to be elected prime minister; however, very few of the Stanford business school professors Sunak has deemed “inspiring” reportedly have any recollection of him.
Sunak, 42, has cited his MBA experience at Stanford business school as life-changing in several speeches.