Hasan Minhaj Was Barred from an Indian Political Rally That Trump Attended

Hasan Minhaj Was Barred from an Indian Political Rally That Trump Attended

-One of the things I like most
about your show is — you give context to stories
that I don’t feel like get covered a lot —
not just on late-night shows, but even on news shows
here in the States. Prime Minister in India,
Prime Minister Modi, and he was here, and Donald Trump
went to this rally. -To open for Modi.
-Yeah. -It was a big deal.
-Yeah. So, explain that, because it
certainly seems surreal to me to watch President Trump
holding hands with another man, just sort of walking through. -And they were full-on swinging.
-Yeah. -It was a strange thing to see. But for those who don’t know,
you know, Prime Minister Modi had
sold out NRG Stadium, where the Texans play,
in Houston. 50,000-plus people showed up. And then Donald Trump was like,
“I’ll open.” -Yeah.
-I’m like, “Oh, I’ve got to go.” This is like the Jay-Z and
Beyoncé of ethno-nationalism. -Yeah. -Like, imagine
a Jay and Bey concert but with no white or black
people and no coolness at all. And so I was like,
“I got to be there.” -So you went. You decided,
“This is the perfect thing for our show to cover.” -Yeah, because I knew that,
like, what Modi pulled off — And this is
a political gangster. A lot of people in the Indian
community don’t rock with Trump. But because of
this weird pairing, they just had to stand for DJT. -Yeah.
-Yeah. Like, imagine if you got
Ed Sheeran tickets free. -Uh-huh.
-Sold out, NRG Stadium. And then, a week before,
they were like, “Special guest — Bill Cosby.” You’d be like, “All right,
you’ve got a monster, but then I really want to hear
‘Shape of You.'” And all the aunties and uncles
were like, “I got to do Shape –‘”
Yeah, yeah. -So, you go down there.
-I go down there. Well, I was like,
“I have to be there.” So we submit
our press credentials. Immediately get an e-mail back. They’re like,
“We’re out of space.” I’m like, “Word.” Like, I’ve been to
Indian weddings. You just walk in.
-Yeah. -You’re out of space in
a football stadium? No. So, I reach out to
the organizers. I’m like, “Hey, come on.
This is my community. You guys get it.
Like, I want to be there.” And they’re like, “We’re out of
space, but we are discussing.” -Oh, my goodness.
-I’m like, “All right.” And if you’ve ever
done field pieces, you know that you’ve got to
show up and, you know, be a good-faith actor,
and they’ll take care of you. -Right, right. -So, I show up to
the press table that morning, and they’re like, “Mr. Minhaj,
we are out of space, and you’ve been denied
because of some of the comments
you have made.” -Wow! -And I’m like, “I’m sorry for
making fun of cricket. It’s not just a sport for FOBs. It’s an international game
that is taking over the world. They’re like, “No. The comments you have made about
Prime Minister Modi were not appreciated,
and you’ve been blacklisted.” -Wow! -And I was like,
“Dude, you’re treating me like Indian Jorge Ramos.” This is Trump 101.
-Yeah. -And I’m in Texas,
so you guys pretty much think I’m Jorge Ramos. So, I’m in the parking lot
and I’m just watching this whole thing on live stream while I’m looking
at the stadium. And I’m watching the program. And during the program,
they’re honoring prominent Indian-Americans. “Indian-Americans
have done so much in arts, music, even comedy.” And then they show a photo of me
on the Jumbotron, and people start clapping. [ Cheers and applause ] So, you understand what’s
happening. -So, this — And we do have
a photo of where you were when you were watching that. -I’m in the parking lot. So, they were honoring me
for my comedy while also blackmailing me
and blackballing me and kicking me out
for my comedy. It was the most
Indian thing ever. They were like,
“We’re proud of you, but we’ll never say it
to your face.” It tore me apart, man. Like, inside the stadium
and outside the stadium, there were protesters. So, it’s all my community. This is my
basic community, right? And when everything’s filling
out — you guys get this — they were arguing. Everyone is arguing
with each other. They’re yelling at each other. Cops are trying to break it up
in between two people. And I was like, “Dude, come on.
This is us. We live in the same
neighborhoods. You guys probably
both work at Google.” -Yeah.
-“You both weigh 135 pounds.” You both have never fought
in your life.” And the police officers
are like, “Why are you guys arguing
over sweaters? Everyone can have cashmere.” And they’re like,
“That’s the problem. Everyone can’t have Kashmir.” So, that was the event.
-That sounds very intense. -It was intense. Yeah. -Was this more or less intense? You went and you spoke
before Congress. -Yeah. -You addressed
the student-loan crisis. [ Cheers and applause ]
-Yes. -And was it Maxine Waters
who asked you — -Maxine Waters. Yep.
-She invited you. -Yeah. -And, so, what was the
experience of speaking before Congress? -Well, I was kind of shocked,
’cause I was like, “Is this where we’ve gotten?” -Right. -Like, if we need to move
the needle on an issue, you have to call up a comedian? -Right, yeah. -Like, “Oh, man, the opioid
epidemic is out of control. You know who can solve this?
Gilbert Gottfried.” -Yeah. -“Let’s see what
Gilbert’s doing, and maybe we can get this
thing through.” But, look, I’ve watched
one-hour dramas on TV. Like, I thought Congress
was going to be hot, sexy, witty banter, you know,
affairs in the air. No. It was like the DMV
in there. -Yeah.
-Just, like, gray lighting. You show up. They give you a Dixie cup
and hand you a “Men’s Health” from 2014. When I was in Congress
testifying — C-SPAN didn’t get this, but in
the corner, like where Fred is, I saw a mousetrap with cheese. I was like,
“Dude, Trump is right — there are rats
in this building.” -Yeah. It’s so low-end,
though, right? -Yeah.
-It’s just, like, brown. -Yeah. It’s really not —
It’s really not hot. -Like, the shot of
the congressmen and then the shot of
the person testifying is always very dramatic,
but every time they take a wide shot — -You’re like,
“Oh, this is an open mic.” -Yeah.
-“Three people are here.” All of the seats are empty. -‘Cause they just —
People file in, they ask you five minutes
of questions, and then they just
vamoose, right? -They do their five.
and then they leave. -Yeah. -And I stayed there the entire
four hours, no bathroom breaks. I thought that’s what you’re
supposed to do. -They don’t give you
bathroom breaks? -No! And Maxine Waters
told me, at the end — She’s like,
“You should have asked.” I’m like, “You really wanted
me to be like, ‘Um, Mrs. Waters, can I get the
cube with the bathroom key?'” -Yeah. Did you
have student-debt crisis? Do you have loans?
-I didn’t. I’m lucky. -Yeah.
-I’m lucky. I did not have student debt. You know,
I have immigrant parents, and they forced me
to live at home, so I don’t have
crippling student debt. -Yeah. -I have crippling
emotional debt. -Oh, sure, of course. -Yeah, and Congress has yet to
do anything about that. -Yeah.
Likely never to be repaid. Hey, man, it’s always such
a pleasure to see you. Can’t wait for your show to
be back in November. Thanks for being here.
-Thank you, buddy. -Hasan Minhaj, everybody.

96 thoughts on “Hasan Minhaj Was Barred from an Indian Political Rally That Trump Attended

  1. We don't insult Indian elections… Criticising modi is one thing, go for it, but implying we are a dictatorship is insulting to every voter who inks thier finger…. So no you are not one of US… You don't even have Indian citizenship

  2. I can understand why he was not allowed, his coverage on Indian election before 2019 was obviously biased and with agenda.

  3. What an unfunny, theatrical schmuck. All the exaggerated facial expressions and arms all over the place. Infuriating Indian imbecile.

  4. No Mr. Minhaj not everyone can have 'Cashmere'. Kashmir rightfully belongs to the countrymen you called "my people". It is this mindset that got you booted out of the show.

  5. What happened with Kashmiri Hindus in 1990 ?
    On 04th January 1990 Srinagar based newspaper " AFTAB " released a message " KASHMIRI HINDUS , LEAVE YOUR HOUSE AND PROPERTY AND GO OUT OF KASHMIR IF YOU WANT TO SAVE YOUR LIVES ".
    Hasan minaj humanity went for picnic on that day.
    Then same message was printed in newspaper " AL-SAFA " on 14th April 1990.
    Then the peaceful Muslims announced from the loudspeakers of masjid " If Kashmiri hindus want to save their lives then leave your beautiful women's and property and go out of kashmir ".
    500000 Kashmiri hindus were forced to leave their ancestral home.
    But islam is a religion of peace.
    Hasan minaj and other Muslims only cry when Muslims are killed or troubled by other religious groups.
    What Muslims do with other religion is always ok and justified.

  6. You know why you were banned from entering Hasan, because you make very incompetent statements on sensitive issues. Joke on Kashmir? Do you even know how many soldiers and innocents have died there?? Not always funny.

  7. Good riddance. Glad they did not allow this drama king at the stadium. Can't believe he still makes money off his crappy jokes.

  8. Bloody looser !! Look at him ! It's written all over his face that! He has taken lot of money from terrorist nation Pakistan to defame india and Indian PM! And seth forget about Indians ever liking you after this unwanted pathetic stint of yours ! Bloody loosers that what you guys are !

  9. Hasan Minhaj was denied entry (or rather barred) into Modi's political rally event in Houston was not because he had made derogatory statements on Hinduism or Modi in the past, but rather, because in the eyes of Modi (a Hindutva/RSS adherent) or his organizer, he (Hasan) is primarily firstly a Muslim, and secondarily a proto-Indian ABCD. And even If Hasan had criticized Modi's strategy on IoK in the past, this criticism should have been taken merely as an opinion. And just that.

    There are so many opinions on IoK Kashmir out there that if Modi was to take every opinion seriously, then he would have to literally bar 100,00s of people from his rallies. And Trump, who is always looking for some kind of large platform to spew his venom, yesterday made comments about the Iraqi Kurds (not at this event in Houston) that he is pulling US troops out from Syria because they (Kurds) didn't help us (US) during 2nd WWII – excuse me, so how many countries has the US punished (since the end of WWI) for not helping them in WWI? It wasn;t the Kurds who freaked up US during WWI – it was the Gerries. In fact it is Trump who has used foul language at Modi in his past speeches was allowed to make commence speech at his event.

    I can bet you my two dollars that had Hasan been given the opportunity to make some kind of speech at this event, he would have enthralled the crowd because he's first and foremost a comedian and further more, I think he would have appreciated Modi and the organizer for given him some space at his event – but by out rightly barring him from the event, meant that Modi has cornered himself against the wall with no ways escape for himself from criticism.

  10. Hasan you are a hypocrite! please use comedy to defame Pakistan/ terrorism too. ever talked about exodus and killing of hindu brahmins from kashmir/ cashmere??? nah- u won’t do that, u hypocrite

  11. please talk about Balochistan and how the ratio of hindu , sikh amd other minorities have scaled down from 23% to 3% in Pakistan and how muslim minorities have doubled in india! you are a hypocrite- plz talk about famous terrorists pakistan is sheltering

  12. HASAN MINHAJ -This so called 'Indian' American comedian has shown his FANATIC Islamic side by supporting PAKISTAN, A TERROR STATE which has SHELTERED OSAMA BIN LADEN for 10 years and LIED ABOUT HIS WHEREABOUTS and also which is active in ETHNICALLY CLEANSING its own MINORITIES (including ahmediya and BALOCHISTAN muslims) in its own land and kashmiri hindus in India.. This trash of a comedian should be shamed and boycotted…

  13. See not letting him in was not valid but i ll tell you being an indian some of his comments are very offensive i dont like them so he needs to think some stuff before saying dissing another country for being funny aint right!

  14. Indian nationalism. What else can go wrong. If you want to be a nationalist go back to your country. America is for Americans.

  15. Facts,Hinduphobes ,here are the facts
    1. He was invited.There is a video debunking his lies.
    2.Awww, did the hinduphobes in u both get triggered?
    3 @narendramodi
    delivered a GDP growth of 7 % in 2018.Ind will still grow by 6% in 2019.
    4..He delivered on Defence ,Agri,welfare schemes,pushed solar energy,inked trade pacts
    5..Hinduism gave the world Ahimsa,Yoga..

  16. Facts,Hinduphobes ,here are the facts
    1. He was invited.There is a video debunking his lies.
    2.Awww, did the hinduphobes in u both get triggered?
    3 @narendramodi
    delivered a GDP growth of 7 % in 2018.Ind will still grow by 6% in 2019.
    4..He delivered on Defence ,Agri,welfare schemes,pushed solar energy,inked trade pacts
    5..Hinduism gave the world Ahimsa,Yoga..

  17. You live in usa and give the lecture about democracy
    You people want sariya in usa
    You people want kill hindu christian jews people because you religion told this
    You ideology same as laden

  18. Hasan Minaj has no automatic right to be invited. It was not state function , a private function organised by the Indian community. They have right to restrict admission!

  19. Modi is an authoritarian genocidal savage mass murdering monster who has stomped out all criticism and free speech from his country. No wonder this demagogic monster found solidarity with Trump.

  20. u cant have the cake both ways my friend.
    india loves modi, accept it and move on.
    and drop the soft hinduphobia, its not doing u any favors

  21. Kinda weird that Minhaj (who is a Muslim of Indian descent) didn't mention anything about the current crisis in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which is completely caused by Modi.

  22. He has the most fake smile and character of all I dislike foneys who have to bring down their entire community just to earn a dollar u r the most non funny comedian after or may be at per with Russel peters

  23. I can imagine how criticizing Modi got Hasan in trouble. Hasan had cracked some jokes about Modi.And he is a Muslim who Modi hates. Modi never gives interviews unless it is to a sycophant. People who criticize him in India are told to go to Pakistan or charged with sedition. Modi loves carefully planned PR managed events. He even took camera crews to a cave where he was supposedly meditating(which Hasan covered). Texas rally was a PR stunt by Modi and he promoted Trumps reelection campaign. They are cut from same cloth. Racist bigots.

  24. prime minister modi is just like trump(In almost every way) and we indians know that but never express to non indians after all ,ghar ki baat ghar tak #indians.

  25. Wow being banned from the rally but getting promoted in it is kind of like how they handle Kashmir. They tell Indian people that everything is fine there, while actually soldiers are piling into the place and blocking civic life.

  26. Fun fact: Modi is also an asshole. I hate how them NRIs were cheering him up! I mean, as an Indian, I can tell, we are suffering due to his economic policies. Muslims are being mob lynched, religious hatred is being fanned. Those NRIs, who have nothing to do with India just gave orgasm to Modi's blind supporters here.

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