Aziz Ansari, the guy known for playing hilariously lovable douches like Parks And Rec's Tom Haverford and Funny People's Raaaaaaaandy!, is officially a feminist.
While on Letterman last night to promote his upcoming stand-up special at Madison Square Garden, the comedian credited his relationship with new girlfriend Courtney McBroom - a chef who previously worked at Momofuku and currently runs her own pop-up restaurant in Brooklyn - with opening his eyes to feminist issues.
"My girlfriend has an influence on me. She's a big feminist, and that made me think about those kinds of issues. I'm a feminist as well," Aziz told the Letterman audience.
"If you look up 'feminist' in the dictionary, it just means someone who believes that men and women have equal rights," he said, taking issue with the silent types in the studio audience who refused applause when he asked them to "clap if you're a feminist". "I think the reason people don’t clap is that the word is so weirdly used in our culture. People think 'feminist' means, like, some woman is gonna start yelling at them.”
Eventually, he landed on a pretty useful definition: "You're a feminist if you go to a Jay Z and Beyonce concert, and you're not like, 'Mmm, I feel like Beyonce should get 23 per cent less money than Jay Z.'"
According to recent reviews, Ansari's latest stand-up sets have taken a similar turn towards feminist issues - one, as described by Jezebel's Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, involved him turning the mic on audience members and asking them to share their own experiences with street harassment. "It was stand-up-turned-impromptu riot grrrl meeting," she wrote. "That Aziz Ansari was the Kathleen Hanna of that situation was... unexpected."
Unexpected but awesome, clearly.