Aziz Ansari continued his promotional tour for his new special Buried Alive with a visit to the set of Conan yesterday. The comic noticed that he wasn’t the only Indian American guest of the evening.
“You have another Indian guy on the show tonight, too. Me and Deepak Chopra. So many Indian people,” noted Ansari.
“We get a tax credit for that,” quipped sidekick Andy Richter.
“I do think that’s cool because you know, I think it’s cool when Indian people have a lot presence in the culture. I saw an Indian woman won the Miss America contest a few weeks ago, very cool,” continued Ansari. “An Indian person won the whitest contest ever created. But I was bummed because I thought the news story got taken over by the fact that there were a few hundred people that tweeted racist stuff and that became the story. But who cares? There are millions of people who didn’t tweet racist stuff, thought it was cool, didn’t care whatever.”
“Why give those racist people a voice?
(Editor’s note: We completely agree, Aziz!)
Ansari continued by celebrating the fact that the most racist generations are dying off. To prove his point, he asked the studio audience, “How many people have lost a racist grandma in the last year or two?” Watch it below.
As for Chopra, during his segment he encouraged Conan to live in the now. “If your mind is in the past or the future then your life is a dream,” said Chopra. “The most important thing that you are doing is what you are doing right now.”
Lakshmi Gandhi is an editor at The Aerogram. Follow her on Twitter @LakshmiGandhi.