NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang were honored at this year’s 75th annual Peabody Awards for their Netflix comedy Master of None, which was recently renewed for a second season.
The two used their acceptance speeches as a platform to shed further light on the diversity issues in Hollywood, including how their show utilizes a character who is a “token white guy,” and how they thought George Foster Peabody would feel about their selection for the award. Read their speeches in full below:
Thank you to all the people that Alan thanked. And thank you also to Alan. You know, Alan works behind the scenes, and sometimes people confuse him for the Asian actor Kelvin Yu on our show, and so I feel like I can’t overstate how important he is to the show. I also want to thank my family, who went the extra mile and acted in the show, and wrote on the show, unlike Alan’s lazy family, who just watched. And I want to thank Netflix and Universal for believing in us, and letting us tell our stories. I think they really seem to get what diversity really is. It’s not, “Hey, let’s give this white protagonist a brown friend!” No. It’s “Let’s have a show where there’s a token white guy.” And that’s what it is. Thank you to the Peabodys, it really is a special honor, because, let’s be honest, so many award shows fuck up! They don’t give people awards that should probably get awards. And the Peabody is great because it seems like you guys actually watched all our shit, and decided it was good! There was no schmoozing, no weird-ass dinners. And I think all being honored here really appreciate that. Thank you.