Jon Stewart’s Aasif Mandvi on the Indian-American Miss America “controversy”

I’d written earlier about racists on Twitter freaking out over America’s first Indian-American (aka India, not Native-American) Miss America.


Well, Aasif Mandvi, my favorite on Jon Stewart (perhaps even more so than Samantha Bee, who I also adore), weighs in about the Indian-American takeover.  I’d posted Stephen Colbert’s response earlier.

Aasif Mandvi:

“You took this country away from the Indians, and now a different group of Indians is taking it back.”

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18 Responses to “Jon Stewart’s Aasif Mandvi on the Indian-American Miss America “controversy””

  1. fletcher says:

    Wanna bet that the critics of our new Miss America couldn’t win a beauty contest even if the only other contestant was Sgt. Snorkel?

  2. sallyedelstein says:

    In a time of heightened sensitivity over stereotypes, years of ethnic
    and racial labeling have largely been erased from
    During the post-war years when it seemed the only
    risk of offending others was if we suffered the unforgivable shame of
    halitosis, a series of ads ran that would not only raise a politically
    correct eyebrow today, its offensive nature could very well spark angry,
    violent protestations. Take a look

  3. ArthurH says:

    Interestingly the creator of Twitter is remorseful that he created a medium that boils all comments down to 140 characters. He recently started a new siter at where people are invited to write and post thoughtful essays on ideas. So far I haven’t seen one essay that was racist.

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  5. Monoceros Forth says:

    I think it’s worse in a way because Twitter enables you to surround yourself with a chorus of like-minded boors who will instantly add their chorus of assent to every one of your passing thoughts. It’s the Internet equivalent of a rowdy piss-up where you and your buddies all gather to get smashed on happy-hour beer and blurt out any crude jokes or tasteless remarks that come to mind, knowing that everyone else will laugh and raise their glasses to you.

  6. Naja pallida says:

    You know all those thoughts that go through everyone’s head, those things we just can’t help but think, but because we have to live around other people, most of us never actually voice? Twitter is a place where all those thoughts come out. Where the unwritten rules of civilized society break down and dissolve into the cesspool of the human mind.

  7. chrislib says:

    Is Twitter a parallel universe, or just a planet where twits live?

  8. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    This isn’t the straightest sounding thing I ever wrote, but she is really rockin” that dress color.

  9. ArthurH says:

    Yes! According to a new ghost-written book coming out in October under Rush Limbaugh’s name those Pilgrims were a bunch of socialists! Heaven forbid that Native Americans be exposed to THAT!!!!

  10. phred says:

    I never noticed 7-11/medical school correlation; this white boy is quaking with fear now. Good thing they still have trouble with the language ( or our local customs (

  11. Dumbo says:

    There wouldn’t be hamburgers in this country if Wimpie would just quit begging people for them.

  12. Monoceros Forth says:

    Good old Pat Paulsen. I remember a bit from one of his speeches that must have seen like a joke at the time: “Poor people are basically greedy. They see food, they want some for themselves.” Who would have known that this would become official GOP doctrine!

  13. jasper says:

    And she is, in fact, a foreigner. Those cunning Canadians are taking over.

  14. Tor says:

    If only they’d known then what what’s left of them know now……

  15. Naja pallida says:

    They should have built a wall around Plymouth Colony.

  16. SkippyFlipjack says:

    There wouldn’t be racism in this country if only Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would stop talking about it.

  17. Dave of the Jungle says:

    “All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian.”

    Pat Paulsen – 1968

  18. karmanot says:

    Samantha Bee is fabulous!

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