If the term ‘Log Kya Kahenge’ isn’t thrown at you at some point in your life, I’m sorry, but you’re not Desi.
Regardless if you live in America or someplace else if you’re Desi, most of your life decisions depends on Log Kya Kahenge: What will people say?
When you want to study arts instead of medical: Log Kya Kahenge? When you want to travel the world with your friends, but your idea gets rejected: Log Kya Kahenge? You aren’t allowed to come home past dinner because Log Kya Kahenge? You can’t wear skirts because Log Kya Kahenge?
Minhaj doesn’t need any introduction. All of you who follow the news must have heard of him. Either you know him from his recent speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner where he roasted President Trump:
Or you know him as a senior correspondent on The Daily Show:
Or some of you might know him from his recent stand-up comedy special on Netflix, Homecoming King. And oh boy, if you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out on some fun.
With his remarkable talent of telling stories, Minhaj doesn’t shy away from using his personal life as an example to highlight the struggles brown immigrants go through. From recounting how his parents met to how he met with his younger sister to his prom night to his wedding, Minhaj expertly narrates a tale many South Asian kids can relate to.
Minhaj’s prom story was the pinnacle of the show; it was where all his other stories connected. His entire show builds up to his prom story. It was honest. It will make you laugh, but it will also make you sad.
But what makes it special and memorable is that it is relatable. You could relate to his emotions. You could relate to his heartbreak. You could relate to his actions.
And most importantly, you can relate to the racism he felt. The racism he felt because of his dark skin color. The racism he felt because he somehow didn’t ‘belong’ here.
Minhaj raises some serious issues we as minorities face in the United States.
The racism we endure because of having a different skin color. The racism we face because we have a different accent. Or because we wear different attire. Or speak a different language. Or how on an everyday basis we have to prove our loyalty to this country.
“As immigrants, we have to put these press releases to prove our patriotism,” says Minhaj.
As an immigrant myself, I can relate to a lot of what he said. I’ve lived in this country for a little over half a decade. And in these years, I’ve been called Taliban because I choose to wear a headscarf.
I’ve been treated ‘differently’ after the San Bernardino attack.
I’ve been told on many different occasions that my English is pretty good. Because somehow it is hard for many people to accept that someone from a third world country can read, write and speak without a heavy accent.
Regardless of where you are from and regardless of your experience as an immigrant, Hasan Minhaj’s Homecoming King will not only make you laugh but also help shed light on the current situation of our society.
Hassan Minhaj’s Homecoming King premiered on Netflix on May 23, 2017. I suggest you get a bowl of popcorn and get to it right away.