Bring Back Patriot Act

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Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj was a Netflix comedy talk show hosted by Hasan Minhaj. It explored the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity. Hasan created a show that was timely and timeless at the same time. 

Netflix has cancelled the weekly political talk show after a run of 39 episodes across six “volumes” — or seasons, as you please — over a period of less than two years (20 months, to be precise). The streaming service didn't say why it had decided to end Patriot Act, one of its only talk shows. More importantly, it's also the only Netflix talk show to win an Emmy and a Peabody Award.

Minhaj was the only American of South Asian origin with a weekly talk show, and one of only two South Asians — alongside Lilly Singh of A Little Late with Lilly Singh — to have a talk show in the US.

Patriot Act, thanks to Minhaj, also had a more worldly outlook than other talk shows. It looked at the atrocities of Saudi Arabia in the wake of Jamal Khashoggi's death, the heavy censorship and the feminist response in China, the threat of President Bolsonaro to Brazil, the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund scandal, protests in Sudan, and how the US is exporting obesity.

Minhaj twice looked at Indian topics too, including how corruption at the BCCI is damaging the global growth of cricket, and dove into Indian politics leading up to the 2019 national election. Patriot Act entered the Indian news cycle when Minhaj tackled the Indian elections, with both the show and Minhaj trending on social media after the episode aired.

Patriot Act also made the news globally after its Saudi Arabia episode that was critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which was pulled by Netflix in the Middle Eastern country after the monarchy asked it to do so.

The show covered and gave light to so many worldly, political topics, which educated people and raised awareness about issues that weren't spoken about enough.

I do not get why Netflix would cancel a news comedy show that had a person of colour as the host, and covered a massive range of social and political issues untouched by most mainstream media. With enough petitions, we can bring it back. We can make it happen