Comedian Hasan Minhaj, who hosts Netflix’s popular show ‘Patriot Act’ did not get a chance to say “Howdy, Modi” at Sunday’s event in Houston where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump addressed some 50,000 Indian-Americans.
The comedian tweeted that he “Never got a chance to say Howdy Modi,” also sharing a link to his conversation with NBC presenter Seth Meyers.
Never got a chance to say Howdy Modi.https://t.co/6nQn4Gl8VH
— Hasan Minhaj (@hasanminhaj) September 24, 2019
“I have to be there. We submitted our press credentials and immediately got an email saying ‘we are out of space’. You are out of space in a football stadium? C’mon,” Hasan said in the talk show.
He said the organisers told him he has been denied entry to Houston’s NRG Stadium “because of some of the comments you have made”.
“Wow. I am sorry for making fun of cricket,” the comedian said, adding the organisers of the event then replied, “No. the comments you have made about Prime Minister Narendra Modi are not appreciated and you have been blacklisted.”
“They (President Trump and PM Modi) were full on swinging; it was a strange thing to see. But PM Modi had sold out NRG Stadium, and 50,000-plus people showed up. And then Donald Trump was all open. And I am like, oh, gotta go. This is like Jay-Z and Beyonce… so I gotta be there.”
“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. Like, imagine if you got Ed Sheeran ticket for free at the sold-out NRG Stadium and a week before, there is a special guest, Bill Cosby. You got a monster but I really wanna hear Shape of You.”
Hasan takes a dig with his unique comedic voice and storytelling skill to investigate the larger trends of modern cultural and political landscape.
The ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event is a win-win for both President Trump and PM Modi. For Trump appeasing Indian-Americans would be key in order for him to win the next year’s presidential elections. Meanwhile, for Modi this would add huge PR value back home for the upcoming state elections and also following the division and revoking of Article 370 in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Source : Various