“Master of None” star and popular comedian Aziz Ansari said he thinks the media “sensationalizes” coverage of Trump, when talking about his news-reading habits since the election in a new GQ profile released this week.
“I was reading all this Trump stuff, and it doesn’t feel like we’re reading news for the reason we used to, which was to get a better sense of what’s going on in the world and to enrich yourself by being aware,” said the Netflix star.
He reflected a sentiment most likely felt by many Americans who have grown restless over the 24/7 coverage of the Russia investigation, which isn’t set to conclude until at least 2018 but produces headlines daily.
“It seems like we’re reading wrestling rumors. It’s like reading about what happened on ‘Monday Night Raw,’” he added. “When you take a step back, it all just seems so sensationalized: ‘Trump’s gonna get impeached!’ No, he’s not. None of that sh*t’s happening.”
Ansari’s story depicts a surprising transformation for a Hollywood star, a breed of political commentator that generally isn’t easily dissuaded from eye-catching headlines. Like most of Tinsel Town, Aziz has previously slammed Trump, calling him a “bozo,” and said he was so “addicted” to the constant coverage that he deleted his web browser from his phone.
“So, if you take yourself out of it, you’re not infected with this toxicity all the time,” Ansari said. “Also, guess what? Everything is fine! I’m not out of the loop on anything. Like, if something real is going down, I’ll find out about it.”
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