Aziz Ansari: Racist grandmas are dying, and that is a good thing

"You know what I'm talking about! We all have them! ... Oh, it's so sad ... eh, she was kind of racist"

By Katie McDonough

Published November 8, 2013 3:03PM (EST)


Aziz Ansari got really real (and really funny) on "Conan" Thursday night. After talking about how a handful of racist Twitter creeps managed to dominate the coverage of the first-ever Indian-American woman to be crowned Miss America, Ansari explained that, in general, racist people seem to be "slowly going away."

Then he dropped the euphemism and got to his real point.

"Clap if you lost a racist grandma in the last year or two," Ansari asked the audience. (A lot of clapping ensued.)

"You know what I'm talking about. We all have them. You have that one grandma who passes away and, it's like, 'Oh, it's so sad ... Eh, she was kind of a racist piece of shit.'"

Watch it here:

Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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