In this crazy-daisy, loop-de-loop, upside-down world in which there’s been a sharp rise in Gwen Stefani impressions, we’d guess, if such a thing could be known, there are still people out there in entertainment media who don’t care whether their work is relevant to the day’s news cycle starring President Donald Trump.
“Master of None” co-creator Aziz Ansari is one such human being. At the Netflix show’s Season 2 premiere Thursday night, Ansari explained how nothing about the new season changed after the 2016 presidential election ― even though it was written a while before the results came in. The comedian, who stars as Dev on the show, and co-creator Alan Yang discussed the possibility but ultimately decided to leave it be, Variety reported.
“I personally didn’t ever want to do it. I liked what we wrote and I didn’t want to have him be a part of it,” Ansari said, referring to Trump.
A good fit might’ve been the third episode of the season, titled “Religion,” which addresses Dev’s identity as a Muslim and Indian-American who likes eating pork a lot, among related identity issues. But as Yang noted, “We felt like we didn’t want it to warp the episode, and we liked how it existed so we didn’t specifically address him.”
The first season structured each installment around a theme reflected in the title; other Season 2 episodes include “The Thief,” “First Date,” “New York, I Love You” and “Thanksgiving.” No Trump in those, either.
Ansari is, for the record, publicly and extremely anti-Trump in his political views, having written a heartfelt opinion piece about Trump’s comments on Muslims during the campaign last summer, and having delivered a scorching monologue on “Saturday Night Live” immediately after January’s inauguration ceremony. (“Pretty cool to know he’s probably at home right now watching a brown guy make fun of him, right?”) We can assume the same of Yang, and the show’s writing staff.
But for anyone in need of a news break, “Master of None” is already on Netflix. Catch the trailer below.