Aziz Ansari has spoken out often about the diversity issues plaguing Hollywood.
“It’s still kind of unbalanced,” Ansari said of minority representation in Hollywood during the inaugural EW Fest in October. “I know there’s Empire. That’s there. But I think there were 10 black actors before Empire. It’s not like they just found the 10th black actor. ‘We can finally make Empire!’ It’s long overdue.”
In the weeks since, Ansari has written about the issue for the New York Times and joked about it with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show. “I think people might be tired of hearing me talk about it,” Ansari said to VH1 on the red carpet of VH1 Big in 2015 With Entertainment Weekly.
Ansari was honored during the event for his big year, which included debuting the new Netflix series Master of None. “People have been really asking about that because my show has a really diverse cast,” he said. “That’s kind of my reality. I am Indian in real life. I kind of reflected that in the show. I didn’t expect that to be as big a thing it was, but it’s very cool.”
See Ansari, Amy Schumer, Taraji P. Henson, Nicki Minaj, and many others celebrated during VH1 Big in 2015 With Entertainment Weekly on Dec. 7 at 9/8c on VH1. Watch Ansari discuss diversity below.