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[MUSIC] Shows a predominant cast of color like Empire, Fresh off the boat and Blackish have all been doing significantly well in the primetime television arena. But many feel we still have a long way to go. Azis Ansari addressed this matter in a recent New york Times article. He wrote about his acting experience and questioned how hard film makers are really trying to cast non-white actors. To play characters of color. So Aziz recently visited the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Here's what jokingly he had to say when Colbert asked him about his article. You talked about not enough people of color, minorities represented no television. Is having you on my show, does that count at all? [LAUGH] Yeah. [CROSSTALK] Does it count? I'm trying to do my part, I'm trying to do my part. It's really diverse right now. [CROSSTALK] [LAUGH] 50 percent of the people at TNT are not white. You know? Yes. Yeah. This is like an all-time high for CBS. [APPLAUSE] Well alright, so what are your thought? On Aziz's article, slayed or shade? Slayed, slayed, slayed, alright. Shawn let me start with you because you did like a slay with the shake, I feel like it's shade. No oh my god. What's the issue? Cause I'm stanning for Aziz Ansari. He absolutely slayed that. Not only did he make Colbert feel awkward, which Colbert never feels awkward, by just simply speaking the truth CBS A. Never has people of color really on their station, 1. And 2, he talks about Indian Americans and these are people that we don't hear about. We hear about black people. We hear about hispanic people and having them have some sort of spotlight, but what about everybody else? It's a time that we take a Stand, and I think the time really is now. So, perfectly played. Perfect timing. Okay. Yeah, man, I feel the same exact way. Cause for Aziz to really own that narrative, to be steering that conversation as dope Because like of course. When we talk about racial disparities we always look at it as like two titans in the ring. Right. We got the white man over here. And we got the black man over here. But when it comes to race it's like guys, there's a lot more shades to the rainbow. And then too what's awesome is his role as a comedian, because he can kind of like. The awkward guys. Really really heavy conversations. And just make them more digestible for like everyone so. Two thumbs up. Carrie. You also had a slayed? I definitely had a slayed. Let's talk about it. Yeah. I'm a comedian. I have aspirations to be on late night and I thought that I was with Aziz all the way because. Diversity is a huge problem and Colbert caught a lot of heat actually, initially, when he first made the switch to the Late Show because he didn't have any women in his writers' room for one and he certainly didn't have any people of color in his writers' Writer's room. So I love that [UNKNOWN] took him to task. Oh yeah, I'm gonna call you out on your own show. Thank you, check please. [LAUGH] You open the doors, I'm gonna walk through. Yes! [CROSSTALK] I'm coming too! We all coming through. [SOUND]

Aziz Ansari Speaks Out on Acting, Race and Hollywood

Our #SlayedorShade panel weighs in on Aziz Ansari's visit to The Late Show With Steven Colbert and his views on race in Hollywood.