Los Angeles (March 05, 2018): Extending support to the ‘Dreamers’ in the US, Pakistan-origin comedian Kumail Nanjiani and actress Lupita Nyong’o from Kenya took a dig at their own immigrant status during the 90th Academy Awards.
“We are the two actors who you keep hearing about but whose names you have trouble pronouncing,” Nyong’o quipped before presenting the Best Production Design Oscar on Sunday night.Nanjiani added: “Actually, I have to complain… Kumail Nanjiani is my stage name. My actual given Pakistani name is Chris Pine. So you can imagine how annoyed I was when the other, the white one showed up… The real Chris Pine.”
Nyong’o, whose latest release “Black Panther” is doing well at the box office, then said: “We are also immigrants. I am from Kenya.”
Nanjiani said: “And I am from Pakistan and Iowa, two places that nobody from Hollywood can find on the map.”
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 5, 2018
Their comments come amid an ongoing immigration debate in the US over a programme that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.
US President Donald Trump announced an end to the programme in September last year but gave Congress six months to find a legislative alternative.