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Kumail Nanjiani: America Has Normalized Racist Language

Kumail Nanjiani: America Has Normalized Racist Language

LOS ANGELES, CA (IANS) – Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani thinks racist language has become “much more acceptable in mainstream circles” in recent years.

The 44-year-old actor, who was born in Karachi, noted that racist attitudes remain in America, two decades after his stand-up comedy debut in the country.

Reflecting on his early days as a stand-up comedian, Kumail explained, quoted by ‘Female First UK’: “By and large, it was still unacceptable to be racist in the public sphere back then. George Bush even quoted the Quran in a speech – could you imagine (Donald) Trump doing that?”

He added: “Now, I feel like racist language has become much more acceptable in mainstream circles. I told myself back then that most people still saw me as American. I’m not so sure anymore.”

As per ‘Female First UK’, Kumail hasn’t performed any stand-up comedy in three years, and he’s now unsure about what his fans want to see. The comedian-turned-actor is also aware of the expectations that now follow him.

He told ‘The Guardian’ newspaper: “I really want to do more comedy, but I don’t know what people want me to talk about anymore. Do they want jokes about my life? And will my jokes before this break still work? I can’t exactly go to a tiny open mic to test it out, since people know me, there’s an expectation now.

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  • Like they are in his country?
    He wants USA to change. He should ask for Pakistan to change.

    If you did not notice. His last name is NANJIANI, which simply means “children of NANJI”, a Hindu. Many names were changed forcibly and in the most horrible way.

    Same as Mamand Poonja Thakker changed to Mohammad Jinnah.

    January 9, 2023
  • Many Muslims in the US complain India’s treatment towards Muslim minority in India. But, they kept mum on Hindus treatment in Pakistan. They cannot hide the truth for long. The shame is that Indian diplomats do not counter these lies.

    January 9, 2023

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