I didn't think it was an awkward moment though. It seemed like Colbert completely understood where Ansari was coming from and I think people (again, the worst kind of people) are projecting their own feelings on to the people they're looking at on screen.
The things that Ansari has been saying for the past couple of weeks, though, are ideas and statements that I personally agree with. It's something that I've understood or went through my whole life as an Asian-American and it was something that I couldn't (sometimes I still can't) explain to white friends, colleagues, and peers.
One of the most interesting things about all of this, is the way some people seem to be reacting. Like, reading through the comments (again, the worst place on the Internet, the comments section) I've found that a lot of people still believe that reverse racism is something that exists. With statements like, "Why can't white people have or do this [insert stupid fucking point]" just shows the lack of awareness people have in modern society.
It seems as if certain people believe that there is no such thing as white privilege or that I can't speak on the subject because "I don't know what it's like to be white", which is an insane concept it seems like that would be the fucking dream. I mean all of everything would be about me if I was born a white person. And whenever someone says that above statement to me, it seems they don't realize they're making ANOTHER THING about them.
I mean, like, I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a television show where there were two Asian-American actors appearing on screen without having an accent.
There's a lot of this, "I don't see color" stuff and if I try hard enough I can be on a television or a movie or respected as a person. But naturally, that shit just doesn't happen. Even though people of color make up a lot of the United States a lot of us are still looked at as "the other". And the media reinforces this idea.
I have a large group of friends and we're all from different places, we all have different cultures. Yet, the show Friends about a large enough group of friends, only star white people. And I guess that might be cool for everyone else but when there isn't equal representation it's sort of hard for me to believe that I can be like anything I see on screen because I've (I as in my race, my people, etc. come on, keep up) been systematically hidden from view. America at large only know Asian-Americans as accented people who are bumbling around all the time, or as submissive women.