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The 2018 World Cup has begun. It’s causing a stir around the world and a mere coffee drip in the United States. The USMNT failed to qualify, and Google alerts will spoil results by midday due to the time difference. Worse yet, the tournament is in Russia.

Trevor Noah is not pleased. The 34-year-old comic virtuoso is taking criticism from some YouTube fans after posting an edgy Daily Show clip lamenting Russia’s hosting of the World Cup. Noah briefly lets President Putin have it, then proceeds to send-up Russian culture in general.

While Russian customs and practices can be strange indeed, it feels over-the-top on Noah’s part that even service workers and old women aren’t safe from the weapons-grade derision.

The clip has two redeeming qualities. Trevor pauses to needle America and clown South African soccer fans, only fair. And of course, he is devilishly funny. As for the “mainstream racism” that radical centrists talk about, does that unfortunately apply here?

Click and be the jury.

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