Hey Aziz Ansari! I’m gonna be one of those infamous seat fillers at this year’s MTV Movie Awards 2010 on June 6th! You better be winking at a brown face you see in the audience, because I’ll be winking back…!
First of all, how did Aziz Ansari get a gig like hosting the 19th Annual MTV Movie Awards? I mean we’ve written about his rise in fame here, and here, and here… but damn! A national awards show? Is it possible that he could just be the first Desi to host a national televised award show? Moving up. Second, how precious are those baby pictures? (h/t Ami)
Stephen Friedman, the general manager of MTV, said Mr. Ansari’s pop-cultural tastes made him an ideal embodiment of the millennial-generation viewers whom the channel wants to reach.
“He’s playing with music, our sweet spot, but doing it in a way that creates a visceral connection with everyone in our audience,” Mr. Friedman said. “This guy gets us in a much more immediate way than other comedians. He’s grown up with the audience.”
What Mr. Ansari won’t do is exploit his minority status for laughs, or make it the focus of his comedy. You won’t hear him opining about his parents’ background as Tamil Muslims from India, and he said he’s tired of people’s assumptions that he encountered rampant racism growing up in the South. [nyt] Somehow, in all my blogging about Aziz, I totally missed the Tamil Muslim thing.
Finally, a seat filler? You mean look pretty and keep some famous person’s seat warm while they go use the bathroom in the hopes that I rub elbows with some other famous people? Heck yeah. This is as Southern Californian as trying out for Jeopardy in Culver City, hiking to the Hollywood sign, or sticking your feet ankle deep in a Grunion Run. I’ve never been a seat filler before but when this opportunity came up, I just had to take it. Though I’ve been told I can’t take pictures or even bring in my phone, I need to find a way to tweet from inside the awards ceremony. Count on me to try and figure out how to smuggle an electronic device past security. That was a joke, officer.
Aside from Aziz, I’m not sure what other Desis I need to keep an eye out for… Mindy Kaling, M.I.A., or Jay Sean? Anyone from the mutinous horde making an appearance? Have you been a seat filler before and have some advice? And most important girls, what do I wear?