Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj is not any extra. Netflix has cancelled the weekly political discuss present hosted by the titular American comic after a run of 39 episodes throughout six “volumes” — or seasons, as you please — over a interval of lower than two years (20 months, to be exact). The streaming service did not say why it had determined to finish Patriot Act, one among its solely discuss reveals. Extra importantly, it is also the one Netflix discuss present to win an Emmy and a Peabody Award.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Minhaj mentioned: “What a run. [Patriot Act] has come to an finish. I set to work with the most effective writers, producers, researchers, and animators within the sport. My [two] infants have been born and grew up with the present. [Thank you] to Netflix and everybody who watched. Now it is time to return these screens to Finest Purchase ????”
What a run. @patriotact has come to an finish. I set to work with the most effective writers, producers, researchers, and animators within the sport. My 2 infants have been born and grew up with the present. TY to @Netflix and everybody who watched. Now it is time to return these screens to Finest Purchase ???? pic.twitter.com/4s4TrsKWe6
— Hasan Minhaj (@hasanminhaj) August 18, 2020
The enormous screens that Minhaj references have been a definite function of Patriot Act; they wrapped round Minhaj within the background and below his toes, and helped add to Minhaj’s explainers and monologues. However extra importantly, it was Minhaj’s character and the way he interacted with the viewers that drove Patriot Act.
Moreover, Minhaj was the one American of South Asian origin with a weekly discuss present, and one among solely two South Asians — alongside Lilly Singh of A Little Late with Lilly Singh — to have a chat present within the US.
Patriot Act, due to Minhaj, additionally had a extra worldly outlook than different discuss reveals. It seemed on the atrocities of Saudi Arabia within the wake of Jamal Khashoggi’s dying, the heavy censorship and the feminist response in China, the specter of President Bolsonaro to Brazil, the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund scandal, protests in Sudan, and the way the US is exporting weight problems.
Minhaj twice checked out Indian subjects too, together with how corruption on the BCCI is damaging the worldwide development of cricket, and dove into Indian politics main as much as the 2019 nationwide election. Patriot Act entered the Indian information cycle when Minhaj tackled the Indian elections, with each the present and Minhaj trending on social media after the episode aired.
Patriot Act additionally made the information globally after its Saudi Arabia episode that was essential of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which was pulled by Netflix within the Center Japanese nation after the monarchy requested it to take action.
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