Oscars 2019: The Trevor Noah 'Black Panther' Joke Everyone Missed

Trevor Noah fools the Oscars audience with fake Xhosa translation that made South Africans LOL

Trevor Noah fools the Oscars audience with fake Xhosa translation that made South Africans LOL

"As Noah explained, "[this] means, 'In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart, '" to which the audience of celebs responded with applause at the turn of phrase, incredibly poignant based on what is happening in USA politics right now.

While Black Panther did not win the best picture award, it won best original score, best production design and best costume design at Sunday's 91st Academy Awards ceremony. Those who understood the language, on the other hand, realized that the phrase actually translates to "White people don't know I'm lying". He then got serious about the movie's message though, saying that it reminded him of a great Xhosa phrase, "Abelungu abazi ubu ndiyaxoka".

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

But the real phrase he spoke in the South African language has a much different translation.




Serame Kibi said simply "Trevor Noah made it", calling the entertainer a "very classy individual".

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.

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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