Aziz Ansari is still irritated by that racist Popchips ad Ashton Kutcher did …

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7 Reasons You Need To Watch Aziz Ansari’s New Netflix Show ‘Master of None’.

The fourth episode of “Master of None,” the new widely beloved Netflix comedy from Aziz Ansari, opens with a montage of racist caricatures of Indian people, concluding with the most recent and possibly well-known instance: Ashton Kutcher’s 2012 ad for Popchips. Alan Yang was slightly skeptical when he first met Aziz Ansari on Parks and Recreation, as he explained at the Master of None premiere in New York City on Thursday evening.

An afterparty followed the screening at the top of the Standard Hotel. “Everyone told me, ‘You’re going to be best friends with this dude Aziz!’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, we’ll see what happens,’ ” the writer recalled, re-creating his incredulous tone. The premiere, in which his character, Dev, mulls over the pros and cons of fatherhood, mines all too familiar territory, but the second episode, directed by Ansari, is a gem. Dev (Ansari) and his girlfriend Rachel (Noel Wells), two years into their relationship, are at a wedding, watching a couple that seems deeply, passionately, crazily in love recite their vows on the promenade in Brooklyn Heights, the Manhattan skyline in the background. “You’re like a prism that takes in light and turns it into all these beautiful colors,” the bride says, gazing rapturously into the face of her groom. Fans and critics alike are raving about Aziz Ansari’s new sitcom, which tackles themes such as diversity, modern technology and millennial indecision with intelligent grace and wit.

The characters span across decades and various media, but spliced together and presented one after another as they are consumed through the eyes of Ansari’s character, Dev, it doesn’t take any additional words to pick up what Ansari’s putting down. However, turns out, his friends were right. “We really have spent way too much time together in the last couple years — and we don’t hate each other, so that’s something!” And when Ansari was trying to figure out what he wanted to do after the NBC series ended, Yang was the first person he approached. “I knew we were on the same wavelength comedically, and so I asked him to do it, and he agreed, and then we made this show,” Ansari told The Hollywood Reporter. Dev and an Asian-American buddy re-evaluate their fathers’ contributions over a hilarious Chinese dinner, a bit made all the more delicious by the casting of Ansari’s real-life parents, who are obviously thrilled to be spending quality time with their son.

Quick cuts to each couple in the audience — including Dev and Rachel — shows uncertainty, resignation, distress flickering across their faces, unanswered questions racing through their minds. In the episode “Parents,” which was shown at the premiere, Dev and his best friend Brian, a stand-in for Yang played by Kelvin Yu, take their parents out to dinner to learn more about their lives before they came to America. “Today, we had a lunch with our parents, and we did the real version of what’s in the episode,” Ansari said. “The only similarity was my dad was a goofy guy in both situations!” Producers include Michael Schur, who cast Ansari in “Parks and Recreation.” Streaming on Those who missed the chance to dress up as a TV executive for Halloween get a second chance as Amazon again lets viewers evaluate pilots being considered for full seasons.

The most promising of the batch: “Z,” an ode to Zelda Fitzgerald, with Christina Ricci putting her permanently curious eyes to grand use; “Eddie of the Realms Eternal,” the animated kids’ series in which a middle-schooler plays Harry Potter, and “One Mississippi,” the delightfully dry Tig Notaro vehicle co-written by former Minnesotan Diablo Cody. Streaming on If you’re more interested in gossip than grand slams, stay up late for “TMZ Sports,” a weeknight roundup of breaking stories about athletes that go beyond the sports pages. Ansari was inspired by 1970s films, like Woody Allen movies and Elaine May’s The Heartbreak Kid, and much of the show is autobiographical from Ansari and Yang’s experience as children of immigrants.

The series kicks off with “Plan B,” directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour) and introduces us to Rachel (one-time Saturday Night Live castmember Noel Wells) in the most awkward way possible. In fact, Ansari’s own parents, Shoukath and Fatima Ansari, star as Dev’s parents on the show. “It was a very surreal experience; they’re fantastic,” Ansari said of working with his parents, adding that his dad might have gotten bitten by the acting bug. “Oh yeah, he’s psyched! You think about these questions if you’re in a relationship, staring in confusion at the person you’ve been sleeping with for a year, squinting your eyes and trying to picture your kids.

When it came out, Anil Dash, a popular blogger and the chief executive of ThinkUp, expressed his exasperation not just with Popchips, Kutcher and the firms that birthed and promoted the commercial, but also the fact that the media covering the campaign were silent about Kutcher’s brownface ploy. “The media who covered this campaign should admit their blindness to the obvious offensiveness of this campaign. Lena Waithe, who stars as Dev’s friend Denise, first met with Ansari to talk about playing a straightforward female best friend part, and the role evolved around her own sensibilities, from her “androgynous look” to her friendship loyalty. “Whenever I would say something silly, they would make note of it and put it in,” Waithe said. Wed.; FS1 “2 Broke Girls,” the car accident I can’t stop gawking at, returns for a fifth season with Sophie and Oleg considering parenthood and the diner facing destruction from outside forces.

While Hughes has since updated her post to reflect some of the blowback, it’s astounding that this wouldn’t be obvious on first glance to those who are paid to understand media and culture.” “Asians and Indians are the new clownable minority,” comedian Hasan Minhaj, now a correspondent on the “Daily Show,” lamented in a YouTube response to Popchips. “You have a s—ty accent and you’re not even being racist correctly. Eric Wareheim channeled his own personality as Dev’s “token white friend.” “I love being the only white boy in the room because it’s a very rare thing, and it was so smart for him to set that dynamic up,” Wareheim said.

Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs are such likable stars that it’s a shame they spend each episode reciting canned jokes that didn’t get past the censors at the Bazooka gum factory. 8:30 p.m. When Dev sits on the couch whining about how he can’t see the X-men movie, his father thinks back to his life in India and all the work he had to do to make it so that his child could exist. Narcos and Sense8 feature a much lower profile cast and managed to get renewed, so a show created, written by and starring Ansari should definitely be able to get the green light for a second season.

You’re sort of inhaling and exhaling and digesting your food and living your life, and it’s up to other people to go, ‘This is revolutionary,’ ” said Yu. “And when you get into acting as a 10-year-old Aziz or a 10-year-old Kelvin Yu, you don’t necessarily see a bunch of posters of people who look like you. In a scene where Dev is explaining to a character named Anush why he doesn’t like “Short Circuit 2,” he tells him that Fisher Stevens, the actor who plays Ben Jahveri, is white. “It was satisfying at that level, but also just reminded me that nothing happened,” Dash said in an instant message conversation with the Post. “They insulted Mexican folks next, and there’s no impact on their business.

Not everything is viewed through that prism, but it does affect how we move through society, so we want to be honest about that and put that in the show.” While there might be some pressure to succeed with another series so close to Parks, Ansari and Yang are not worried. “Hey man, we got great reviews — there are no ratings with Netflix. And because these episodes come from a real place, you can see a real pain and confusion when Ansari refuses to do an Indian accent for a part in a show, or when he feels bad about not caring about his parents’ stories. Not only are there three Indians in the same shot in the same episode, but they’re clearly three distinct characters with different interests and opinions.

Again, these topics may sound trite and maybe even a little hackneyed, but Ansari discusses them and gives his slanted views on the subject matter with an energy and earnestness that, if it seems forced, it’s only to really get you thinking about it. It’s a short 10 episodes, so the urge to blow through the entire thing in one go is understandable, but each episode deserves your undivided attention. Ravi and Dev, while both Indian American and both actors, have different philosophies about performing Indian accents, especially in bit parts or comedic roles. “We haven’t had very many well-rounded characters,” Dash told the Post. “The recent progress have mostly been pretty broad comedic characters, which at least was something, but they didn’t have much in the way of an interior life and only interacted with white people, which is just weird.” In an interview with Van Winkle’s, Patel spoke about the real-life differences between himself and Ansari. “I don’t find stereotypical roles to always be offensive. When you have everything you could possibly ever want at your fingertips, making a decision about anything, from the tacos you’re going to eat to the person you might choose to spend your life with, can feel impossible.

It’s interesting, [Aziz’s] issue is specifically with Indian stereotypes, but you don’t see him walking away from other [racial] stereotypes,” Patel said. “You need to look at it on a case-by-case basis. There’s a particular sequence where Dev makes home made pasta and the whole thing is drenched in sunlight; the term food porn doesn’t even do it justice.

That feeling of sitting on your couch, scrolling through the categories of what to watch next, but never actually picking something applies to more than just television. The streaming service-turned-studio should take advantage of the press and hype, and reward fans for their investment in Netflix’s new original series. This is also due partly to the impressive direction by Eric Wareheim (Tim & Eric) who plays Dev’s best buddy and also directs a large amount of episodes. He sees that this is because executives think that there can only be one Indian character and the email chain reveals that one producer used a racist remark to make his point. In terms of laughs, it very much pales in comparison to the likes of 30 Rock or Arrested Development, but many things do when compared to those giants.

While the show’s New York setting might make it sound like just another sitcom about a single guy in the big city, the series quickly reveals itself to be a much more creative endeavor than that. When the dads ask for a menial favor (updating an ipad, buying rice) the young men swiftly shut them down because they don’t want to miss the trailers for the movie they’ve planned to see. Then the viewer is shown the hardships and struggles of their parents’ immigration process into the US, just so their snobby kids can be ungrateful and unhelpful.

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