The reality that Hasan Minhaj is one of the few Muslim and Indian Americans on mainstream media hasn’t escaped the comic and actor.
Hasan joined season 2 of The Morning Show on Apple TV and the topic has come up in numerous interviews.
“It is a very relevant show. It is poppin’. And for a long time America deemed Muslims culturally irrelevant,” he said to the New York Post. “So I’m making my community proud. That means a lot. I want to be part of projects like that, that I didn’t think were possible.”
Minhaj is no stranger to streaming and cable TV. He starred on the Peabody Award-winning Patriot Act on Netflix. He appeared as a regular correspondent on The Daily Show on Comedy Central.
Political topics come naturally to him and have been front and center of his two previous programs. On The Morning Show, issues of racial inequity and sexual harassment are core to the plot.
“As the United States was going through and continues to go through a racial reckoning, one of the things I loved that was being addressed through the show is who gets a seat at the table and why,” he said to CNN. “I loved that they showed, really in quite great detail, how when new voices enter the fray, how that pushes against the hegemony and people don’t like that.”
Minhaj told the Post he used to say whatever he wanted, but now as a father with two children, he realizes the impact of his words and now chooses them more carefully.
It’s a collective that includes his Muslim and Indian American identity.
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