For those who think that nothing will change with Donald Trump in charge, all you have to do is comb social media for a half a second and you’ll stumble on yet another eye witness account or personal anecdote of an act motivated by hate committed in the name of Trump.
One such incident that’s been getting a lot attention happened to Silicon Valley stars Kumail Nanjiani and Thomas Middleditch on Friday in Los Angeles. The actors were at a Los Angeles bar with another friend when they were approached and harassed by two Trump supporters.
Both Middleditch and Nanjiani took to Twitter on Saturday morning, and offered an unnerving glimpse into what it might look like for minorities (Najiani is Pakistani-American) living in Trump’s America. Nanjiani writes that “two white dudes” in their 20's approached their group and began by saying what huge fans they were. However once talk turned to politics, things got dark.
“He goes on to say how we're wrong about Trump,” Nanjiani wrote. “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!' 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?'”
For those of you wondering what a “cuck” is, Middleditch shared Wikipedia’s definition of the word, which is short for “cuckservative,” a term that’s gaining popularity among the alt-right movement, as a derogatory way of describing those who lean left.
Though the incident never came to blows thanks to timely intervention from the bar's bouncer, the confrontation clearly shook both actors to their cores. “This happened at a bar in LA surrounded by people,” Nanjiani added. “I can't imagine what it must be like to be someone who looks like me in other parts. 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.”
See the rest of Nanjiani’s tweets below.