Aziz Ansari, one of America’s premiere stand-up comics, along with several of his fellow Muslim comedians, have gone on the warpath against Donald Trump, criticizing the billionaire businessman in the final days of the presidential campaign as an Islamophobe bent on driving America down a discriminatory path.
As Haaretz reported:
“In his Emmy-winning series ‘Master of None,’ Aziz Ansari, one of the most influential stand-up comedian in the United States today, presents millennials struggling with committing to a single course of action, be it monogamy, relocating for a new job or patronizing a food truck that promises the best tacos in New York City.
“Now, in a video released on October 17, he criticizing members of the demographic for their inability to commit to electing Hillary Clinton president. ‘Oh Aziz, some of the millennials are really responding to you, if you can make a video,’ he mimics the pleas that made him agree to appear in the video. ‘Really?? There’s a f**king guy running that says he hates brown people. That’s not enough?’”
Ansari’s previously come out in opposition to Trump.
In May, when Trump first spoke of placing a temporary ban on border crossings of Muslims, especially those coming from nations with known terror ties – in order to let border security officials catch a breath and get a handle on who’s coming into the country – Ansari spoke in hostile tones against the candidate.
He wrote an op-ed to the New York Times, as Haaretz noted:
“Ansari penned an op-ed for the New York Times, confessing that fears for his parents’ safety made him call his mom: ‘DON’T go anywhere near a mosque. Do all your prayer at home,’ he begged her. Ansari goes on to warn that ‘with 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.’ …
“Ansari’s op-ed sought to humanize the Muslim experience in United States, as did the critically acclaimed ‘Shugs & Fats,’ a web series that depicts the hilarious shenanigans of two hijab-wearing women in Brooklyn as they tackle speed dating or a boring book club while facing somber concerns such as deportation. It was created by Nadia P. Manzoor and Radhika Vaz, who star as the optimistic Shugs and her skeptic aunt Fats. In one episode, Shugs and Fats attempt to host a patriotic 4th of July barbecue, but accidentally set an American flag on fire, inevitably scaring a few Brooklyn hipsters.”
You know, humor is a great way to deal with controversy – but let’s not forget: It’s Muslims who are responsible for the bulk of terror attacks around the globe. And it’s Muslims’ Islamic faith that fuel these acts of terror.
And Trump’s call for a temporary halt to Muslim immigration is hardly hate speech. It’s rather a way to protect America, bolster national security and keep U.S. citizens safe from one of the biggest threats to world peace – terrorism at the hands of radical Islamic individuals bent on committing acts of jihad in the name of Allah.