Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani and Thomas Middleditch Reveal They Were Harassed by Trump Supporters
The comedians were reeling after the experience and shared their story online
The costars were at a bar in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles on Friday night when they say they were approached by two white men in their 20s.
“Was at a bar last night with @Middleditch. At the end of the night, 2 white dudes, 20’s, who’d been there for hours came up to us,” Nanjiani wrote.
“‘We’re big fans of you guys. (To Thomas) I trolled you on twitter yesterday.’ He goes on to say how we’re wrong about Trump,” he continued, later writing his response: “I go ‘Hey we don’t wanna discuss politics right now.’ His friends goes ‘oh they’re cucks.’ Then starts yelling at us. ‘CUCKS CUCKS CUCKS!’ ”
A “cuck” is a pejorative term for a liberal man (short for “cuckold”) and is often used by alt-right conservatives online.
From there, the altercation took a physical turn, as Nanjiani recalled, “He starts getting in my face. Thomas puts his hand on the dude’s chest to stop him. ‘Don’t touch me you cuck. Wanna go outside?’ ”
Nanjiani said the conversation got so heated that the bouncer removed the two men from the bar.
“At this point, the bouncer runs over, grabs them, kicks them out. the bartender is awesome and apologetic. Thomas & I are stunned,” Nanjiani wrote.
The comedian, 38, went on to acknowledge that he is not the only person who has faced aggression following the Tuesday election. (In fact, there have been numerous reports of racially charged incidents popping up around the country.)
“This happened at a bar in LA surrounded by ppl. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be someone who looks like me in other parts,” the Pakistani-American actor wrote, adding that there is a much more peaceful way to move forward after this contentious election.
“We can’t let hate/racism/bigotry/sexism be normalized. If something happens, be safe, but let it be known we won’t stand for this,” he said, later adding commentary about Trump’s supporters.
“Many ppl are like ‘just cuz I voted for Trump doesn’t mean I’m racist/sexist.’ Ok, but at best, you ignored it, you overlooked it,” he said.
Nanjiani ended his story with a message about the Internet and the difficulties that come with connecting people online.
“We thought Internet would give us access to ppl w different points of view. Instead it gives us access to many ppl with the same point of view,” he wrote.
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Middleditch, 34, confirmed the story in tweets of his own early Saturday morning, and wrote, “Out with @kumailn; for no reason two dudes came at us with Trump right wing shit, calling us ‘cucks’. Never in my life. I hate this. Week 1.”
After a Twitter user said that the story was “made up,” Middleditch insisted that it was true.
“Damn you. It’s real. Wake up. Bouncer removed these people. Shame on you. What is happening?!”