This Note Aziz Ansari Wrote About His Parents Will Make You Cry
Get your phones out because you’re probably going to want to call your folks after this.
Just a week after Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix series, Master of None, made its debut, the comedian penned a lovely tribute to his parents thanking them for their support and acknowledging the sacrifices they’ve made to allow him to pursue his dreams.
Taking to Instagram after appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the 32-year-old wrote a lengthy tribute to his parents alongside of a selfie he took with his father, Shoukath Ansari, a real-life doctor who made his TV debut in Aziz’s series as the lead character’s dad.
Aziz captioned the photo:
My dad took off most of his vacation time for the year to act in Master of None. So I’m really relieved this all worked out. Tonight after we did Colbert together he said: “This is all fun and I liked acting in the show, but I really just did it so I could spend more time with you.” I almost instantly collapsed into tears at the thought of how much this person cares about me and took care of me and gave me everything to give me the amazing life I have. I felt like a total piece of garbage for all the times I haven’t visited my parents and told them I wanted to stay in New York cause I’d get bored in [South Carolina]. I’m an incredibly lucky person and many of you are as well. Not to beat a dead horse here and sorry if this is cheesy or too sentimental but if your parents are good to you too, just go do something nice for them. I bet they care and love you more than you realize.
Aziz then went on to comment about the feedback he’s gotten concerning his show’s “Parents” episode, which highlighted the hardships two immigrant fathers had to endure in coming to America and providing their children. According to him, the episode was based on his own parents’ immigration experience.
“I’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the Parents episode of our show,” Aziz wrote. “What’s strange is doing that episode and working with my parents has increased the quality of my relationship to my parents IN MY REAL LIFE. In reality, I haven’t always had the best, most open relationship with my parents because we are weirdly closed off emotionally sometimes. But we are getting better.”
He continued, “And if you have something like that with your family — I urge you to work at it and get better because these are special people in your life and I get terrified when my dad tells me about friends of his, people close to his age, that are having serious health issues, etc. Enjoy and love these people while you can.”
BRB while we cry and FaceTime our parents.