At the 2016 American Ingenuity Awards in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night, Ansari, who was honored for his groundbreaking Netflix series, reminded everyone that despite Trump’s victory America is still, well, great.
“I know we’re living in a strange time and a lot of people seem to be losing faith in this country and the people in it,” the “Parks and Recreation” star said, according to The Hill. “I think it’s bullshit, man, because we can’t let the activities and ideas and thoughts of this one bozo define us as a country.”
Ansari was a vocal critic of the incoming president throughout his campaign, starring in a blistering anti-Trump get-out-and-vote video, as well as penning a powerful essay in The New York Times titled “Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family.”
“There’s millions of us that are doing amazing things, and let’s let that speak for us, not other people,” he added.
Although Ansari was hesitant to include the semi-autobiographical “Master of None” in this category, he did say that Trump’s ascendancy from reality TV personality to legitimate presidential candidate placed the series in a “totally different context.”
“I mean our show stars a brown guy, myself, that is like not everyone’s favorite thing in the first place,” he said. “It’s a story about the America that some people don’t want to acknowledge or accept. That’s what our show’s about. It’s saying, ‘Hey our story’s valid, too.’”
Watch Ansari reflect on the first season of “Master of None” with Smithsonian Magazine below: