Hasan Minhaj Barred from Attending Howdy Modi Event; Kunal Kamra Speaks Out

Hasan Minhaj Barred from Attending Howdy Modi Event; Kunal Kamra Speaks Out

Hasan Minhaj was barred from attending the Howdy Modi event, comedian Kunal Kamra spoke up calling it a ‘shame’. See videos

World famous stand-up comedian Hasan Minhaj was recently denied entry to the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, US, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Howdy Modi event was held on Sunday. A clip of the artist outside the stadium has now gone viral on social media. In the video, Hasan is seen trying to get his crew inside the venue, however, his efforts are in vain. It was first uploaded on Twitter by The Sparrow Project with the caption, "An Islamophobic attack on press in 3 acts: Muslim journalist and host Hasan Minhaj was denied access at Trump/Modi event. Event producers cite lack of credentials (despite credentials set for him), cite lack of space for broadcast (press pool & camera risers 1/2 empty)."

Hasan can be seen talking to an event manager about getting entry into the stadium. "We are just trying to get our credentials,” he says. The authority on the phone replies, "Yeah, but I don’t have any credentials to get you." After which, Hasan can be seen pointing to the credentials set for him on the table saying, "There’s credentials right here." The authority guy replies, "I know, but I am telling you that outside of one journalist, there’s no one else coming. But there is no other credential that I can give you."

In the next clip, Hasan can be heard confronting the person, "You told me 'You were denied because of the jokes'." To which the man replies, "I didn’t say you were denied because of the jokes." Hasan can be heard replying to that saying, "Some people were not happy." This was in reference to an episode, aired on March 17, on Patriot Act, called Indian Elections, in which Hasan took a quirky jibe at Modi. He was later trolled for the same. Soon after being denied entry, Hasan posted a picture of himself outside the stadium on Instagram. He wrote, "Here to celebrate two great nations coming together to hug and tug. India first. But America first too. #HowdyModi."

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