When Aziz Ansari wrote his op-ed for The New York Times called “Why Trump Makes Me Scared For My Family,” it went viral. The piece was a powerful defense of people like his parents, who are Muslim immigrants. He recalled how the day after the Orlando shooting, he texted his mother out of fear, saying “DON’T go anywhere near a mosque. Do all your prayer at home. O.K.?”
Ansari continued, “Today, with the presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and others like him spewing hate speech, prejudice is reaching new levels. It’s visceral, and scary, and it affects how people live, work and pray. It makes me afraid for my family. It also makes no sense.”
He defended his position, and the post was shared over and over again and was one of the most-read articles on the New York Times website for a little while.
That’s not how he thought it would happen. In an interview with The Daily Beast, he said “I put out that article and I thought like, ‘Maybe this will resonate with other brown people’… People come up to me of all different races, all different religions like, “That’s really cool that you wrote that. I really liked that article.'”
Of the presidential nominee, he said: “I think with Trump, that’s just ultimately how he treats everyone that isn’t someone who looks like him. (Laughs) Blaming them for something, misrepresenting them, making them some sort of strange character that they’re not, not giving them the depth that he would give other white people.”
He says, however, that he doesn’t think this kind of hate can win. He continued: “And what gives me hope is that I think sometimes the people that are more negative, kind of troll-y type people, they’re very loud, but I think they’re a loud minority. It’s a strange juxtaposition, but I think there are still plenty of good people. I have hope.”
Master of None is up for four Emmys this year and is currently in production on its second season. While Ansari wouldn’t say much about season two, he confirmed that yes, his dad will be back.
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[H/T Huffington Post]
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