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Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 10:33AM EST
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj accuses fellow Netflix show Bodyguard of Islamophobia
"Stay woke, Netflix!" Hasan Minhaj said in pointing out the irony of Netflix having the first Muslim talk show host and Bodyguard, which he accuses of being Islamophobic. Minhaj's Patriot Act premiered just three days after the BBC hit Bodyguard debuted on the streaming service. "Bodyguard is good though, right? It’s so good, you almost forget about the Islamophobia. Almost,” Minhaj said on the latest episode of his show, released on Sunday. “You still taste it though, a little bit. ‘Why does he have to be so close to the bomb?’ But the drama is so gripping.” Minhaj singed in conclusion, “Oh, to be white!” Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio rejected Islamophobia allegations in September, telling the Radio Times: "Unfortunately, the reality of our situation is that the principal terror threats in the UK do originate from Islamist sympathisers. I do understand that’s different from the religion of Islam, but it’s the reality of who the perpetrators are of the majority of the offences. If the show were set in the recent British past, the attackers might be Irish republicans.”
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
How Bill Clinton helped inspire Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act
Minhaj recalls covering the Democratic National Convention for The Daily Show in 2016 when Clinton took the stage and urged Muslims in the audience to "help" find terrorists. "I remember standing there and being like, ‘Bill, I hate to tell you this … I don’t know any terrorists.’ I’m not Terrorist the Bounty Hunter,” Minhaj says. “He thought our only value was to help find terrorists, right?” Minhaj adds that while he considered writing an “angry internet post” about it, ultimately he went another route: “I was like, ‘Look, I’m not gonna get my humanity from Bill fucking Clinton. He’s just not gonna get it … He will never understand where I’m coming from, my POV, the things my community has had to go through. We have to claim that shit on our terms.’ So I just started working on the show.” ALSO: Minhaj explains why he uses his hands so much on stage.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Hasan Minhaj gets the U.S. Military to apologize for using the phrase "Negro blood"
Source: Paste Magazine
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is already getting results less than a week after its premiere. On the second episode, titled "Saudi Arabia," the former Daily Show correspondent pointed out that the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) training manual uses the phrase “Negro blood” in reference to the Saudi population. “Oh, America. Even in boring technical manuals, you still somehow manage to be racist," Minhaj said of the discovery. On Thursday, CENTCOM apologized and said it would be removing the offending document.
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act breaks through the "Dunk Fatigue" of many late-night shows
Too many late-night shows rely on dunking on people, something that Minhaj managed to avoid in the first two episodes of his Netflix show Patriot Act. "I never really thought about Dunk Fatigue until I saw Hasan Minhaj ... masterfully working around it," says Linda Holmes. "What is Dunk Fatigue? Well, let us take as a baseline that public life currently is full of people who are pretty easy to dunk on. And let us define 'dunk' as a satisfying joke or barrage of jokes mixed with truths, cathartic and merciless, ostentatious and totally sincere, done in front of an audience eager to cheer. Any time you see a headline that says '(SO-AND-SO) DESTROYS (SUCH-AND-SUCH) OVER (TOPIC),' where said destruction takes place in a video you can watch that's just someone talking, that's probably a good old dunk." Holmes adds: "Minhaj's Patriot Act has, on the one hand, a host who is as good a dunker as anyone you will ever see...If Minhaj, himself a Daily Show graduate, just wanted to dunk on people for a half-hour at a time, he could do it. It would probably keep people who like him happy for a while. But he doesn't. The show finds him not behind a desk but standing in front of a crowd, just like in stand-up. The show looks filmed rather than videotaped, and Minhaj simply addresses the crowd — yes, a little like a funny Ted Talk — and then the show is over. It could be nothing but great dunks. It just isn't."
- Patriot Act benefits from not tying itself to the news and, so far, Trump-related stories
- Patriot Act excels with Minhaj's aspirational nerd-turned-stand-up relatability and his show boasts the polish and consistency that eluded Michelle Wolf's The Break
- Minhaj is enabled to say things that no other current talk show host could possibly say because of his background
- Patriot Act succeeds in its mission to break down complex political topics and uses jokes to feed a sharp, analytical perspective
Posted Saturday 10/27/18 at 7:21AM EDT
Hasan Minhaj insisted on making sure his weekly show was distinctly Netflix, especially after the Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale cancelations
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“To me, the medium is the message,” says Minhaj, whose Patriot Act launches Sunday. “As much as artists want to develop a show in a vacuum, we have to understand where our art is being placed. Quickly, through process of elimination and using the platform itself, we were able to eliminate things that not only weren’t my strengths but wouldn’t do well on the platform. But time will ultimately tell if it works.” Minhaj adds that "if we get this wrong, well, it’s what everyone predicted.... But if we get this right? It feels like Rocky 1 all over again."
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 6:46PM EDT
Queer Eye's Tan France gives Hasan Minhaj a makeover ahead of his Netflix Patriot Act debut
“We got a br-illuminati connection,” Minhaj tells Tan. “That’s the brown illuminati.”
Posted Thursday 8/09/18 at 2:00PM EDT
Netflix teases Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, premiering on Sunday, Oct. 28
The streaming service says former Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj's weekly show will explore the modern cultural and political landscape “with depth and sincerity."