Aziz Ansari made his Saturday Night Live hosting debut over the weekend in the first episode since Donald Trump's inauguration, and he used his monologue to rally the spirits of those disheartened by recent political developments.
"It's pretty cool to know though he's probably at home right now watching a brown guy make fun of him though, right?" Ansari joked at the opening of his timely stand-up set.
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The 33-year-old actor went on to argue that it's important not to "demonize" the millions who voted for Trump, explaining that there might have been many reasons people voted for him aside from inherent racism.
"I'm sure a lot of people voted for Trump the same way a lot of people listen to Chris Brown: 'Hey, man. I'm just here for the tunes. I don't know about that other stuff. I just like the dancing and the music. I don't condone the extracurriculars,'" he quipped. "If you think about it, Donald Trump is basically the Chris Brown of politics."
The Master of None star also passionately called out the rise of "casual white supremacy" in America ever since Trump announced his candidacy for president.
"The problem is there is a new group. I'm talking about a tiny slice of people that have gotten way too fired up about the Trump thing for the wrong reasons. These people that as soon as Trump won they're like, 'We don't have to pretend like we're not racist anymore!'" Ansari said. "Whoa, whoa. No, no. If you're one of these people, please go back to pretending. You've got to go back to pretending. I'm sorry we never thanked you for your service. We never realized how much effort you were putting into the pretending. You've got to go back to pretending."
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The biting comic ended his first SNL monologue with some inspiring words of hope and action, sharing, "This is a weird time. If you're excited about Trump, great. He's president. Let's hope he does a great job. If you're scared about Trump and you're very worried, you're going to be okay, too."
"If you look at our history, change doesn't come from presidents. Change comes from large groups of angry people," he continued. "And if day one is any indication, you are part of the largest group of angry people I have ever seen."
Ansari was referring to the massive Women's March that took place in citites across the world to protest Trump's presidency and fight for gender equality. Some have estimated the total number of participants across the world to be over 2 million.
The SNL cold-open, which was a message from Russian President Vladimir Putin (played by Beck Bennet), also referenced the massive protest march and specifically how much larger the turnout was than the turnout for Trump's inauguration the day earlier.
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