I randomly came across Hasan Minhaj’s video on Youtube and made the unregrettable decision of watching it. I don’t usually pay attention to comedy videos but I am familiar with Hasan Minhaj because of the Daily Show where he is a correspondent. He spoke at the 72nd Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner attended by both politicians and the media and the entire set is brilliant. I just kept thinking throughout, this is conscious comedy. It must have taken a lot of courage to stand in front of that audience including members of the media and congress and lay their faults so openly for them. It was courageous but most of all principled. This was comedy that was fueled by passion, fueled with a desire not just to make people laugh but to think and question. From lambasting the media’s role in the rise of Donald Trump, to calling Donald Trump out for the racist that he is, to the failure of Congress to pass laws on gun control, it was intelligent, raw, honest, unrestrained and to top it off funny.
Below are some excerpts from his speech Comedian Hasan Minhaj Just Destroyed A Room Full Of Congresspeople For Failing On Gun Control
“Everyday in our workplaces, our homes and our religious institutions there is cover or overt discrimination or phobia towards people of different religious, racial or sexual walks of life. And we just sit there and we let it happen, because it doesn’t affect our bottom line.”
“The sad reality is that stuff like this is going to continue to happen unless we realize that civil liberties are an all or nothing game… So whether you like it or not we all have to step up and fight for each other, otherwise the whole thing is a sham.”
“My brothers and sisters in the African American community, their spines are going to continue to get shattered in the backs of paddy wagons until we stand up and say something.”
“You get paid almost $200,000 a year to write rules, to make our society better. Not tweet, not tell us about your thoughts and prayers. To write rules to make our society better.”
“Right now, since 1998, the NRA has given $3.7 million to Congress… So I don’t know if this is like a Kickstarter thing, but if $3.7 million can buy political influence to take lives, if we raise $4 million would you guys take that to save lives?”
You will NOT regret watching this.
Thank you for making me start my week on such an awesome note Hasan!