If you never pegged stand-up comedian and Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari as a proud, stigma-busting male flag bearer for feminism, you’re in for a refreshingly pleasant surprise.
During an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman this week, Ansari got a little gushy about how in love he is with his girlfriend Courtney McBroom, and how she has enlightened him on what it means to be a feminist. Kudos to you Ms. McBroom.
“You’re a feminist if you go to a Jay-Z and Beyoncé concert and you’re not like, ‘hmm I feel like Beyoncé should get 23 percent less money than Jay-Z…also, I don’t think Beyoncé should have the right to vote and why is Beyoncé singing and dancing? Shouldn’t she make Jay a steak? I’m sure he’s very tired of walking and rapping those two songs.'”
Ansari explained to Letterman and the audience exactly what being a feminist means to him and why the notion should logically be the same for every other man and woman out there.
“If you look up feminism in the dictionary, it just means that men and women have equal rights. And I feel like everyone here believes men and women have equal rights. But I think the reason people don’t clap is that word is so weirdly used in our culture. Now, people think feminist means some woman is gonna start yelling at them…that’s why some women don’t even clap, like ‘I don’t want that crazy b**** yelling at me! No thank you.'”
Ansari went on to explain how he looks at the true meaning of feminism and poked fun at how as a society we’ve so absurdly stigmatized the term.
“I feel like if you do believe that, if you believe that men and women have equal rights, if someone asks if you’re feminist, you have to say yes because that is how words work. You can’t be like, ‘Oh yeah I’m a doctor that primarily does diseases of the skin.’ Oh, so you’re a dermatologist? ‘Oh no, that’s way too aggressive of a word! No no, not at all.'”
Get that folks?