‘Silicon Valley’ Actors Recount Being Harassed By Trump Supporters

The two comedy series stars were out for a drink when they were accosted by Trump supporters.

Following this week’s presidential election result, there has been a drastic surge in reports of racist, xenophobic violence — and this time, two TV show actors were caught in the backlash.

Comedy series "Silicon Valley" stars Kumail Nanjiani and Thomas Middleditch, who are both outspoken supporters of Hillary Clinton, recounted in a series of tweets their ordeal of being harassed by Trump supporters while they were relaxing in a Los Angeles bar.

According to Nanjiani, who plays software engineer Dinesh Chugtai in the show, a bunch of young men in their 20s approached them while they were having drinks in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles and proceeded to tell them how they have got the wrong impression of Trump.

Despite the fact Nanjiani and Middleditch (who plays programmer Richard Hendricks in "Silicon Valley") said they were not interested in talking about politics, the men kept getting in their faces. The interaction soon escalated into harassment when the men started calling the two actors “cucks” — a pejorative, alt-right term for people who are wimps or losers.






However, the two stars were able to escape violence when the bouncer of the bar grabbed the men and threw them out. The hostile encounter left the two actors shocked.

“The bartender is awesome & apologetic. Thomas & I are stunned,” wrote Nanjiani.

Soon after they posted their encounter online, they soon began receiving replies, some from people who claimed they were lying.




Middleditch has now dubbed the bar “gentrification central.”

“I can’t imagine what it must be like to be someone who looks like me in other parts,” wrote Nanjiani, who is Pakistani-American.

However he has not lost hope and tells his followers to step up to racism.



Banner/Thumbanil Credit: REUTERS, Steve Marcus

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