Kumail Nanjiani Tells Racists to ‘Do the Research’ in ‘SNL’ Opener

By Sameer Rao Oct 16, 2017

"The Big Sick" co-writer and star Kumail Nanjiani took Islamophobes and racists’ disregard for precision to task during the opening monologue of his "Saturday Night Live" ("SNL") hosting gig on October 14.

"Here’s my problem with most racism: it’s the inaccuracy," the Pakistani-American comedian said. "That’s what bugs me. I’m like, ‘Do the research! Put in the work! You will see the benefits!’ I’ll give you an example: If someone yells at me, ‘Go back to India!’ I’ll be like, ‘That guy’s an idiot.’ But if someone was like, ‘Go back to Pakistan, which was part of India until 1947, and is now home to the world’s oldest salt mine!’ I’d be like, ‘That guy seems to know what he’s talking about, I’ll pack my bags!’"

"Just because you’re racist doesn’t mean you have to be ignorant," he continues. "An informed racist is a better racist!"

Nanjiani’s monologue also addressed tensions around arranged marriage in his family and Sikhs being confused for Muslims. Watch the full monologue above and check out more clips from Nanjiani’s "SNL" hosting debut at NBC.com.