Aziz Ansari jabs Aaron Rodgers over anti-vaxx stance in new Netflix comedy special: 'He makes a living getting hit in the head'

  • Aziz Ansari joked about NFL star Aaron Rodgers' anti-vaxx stance during his new standup special for Netflix, which hit the streaming platform on Tuesday
  • 'This guy makes a living getting hit in the head. Can we cut him a break?' exclaimed Ansari during one laugh-filled moment 
  • Rodgers, 38, has been the subject of controversy after he claimed he was 'immunized' against COVID-19 but later admitted to being unvaccinated  
  • He'd go on to catch covid and openly used ivermectin to 'treat' the virus
  • Aaron was fined for putting other players and staff at risk and he later apologized for his 'misleading' comments suggesting he was fully vaccinated

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Aziz Ansari takes several jabs at NFL star and staunch anti-vaxxer Aaron Rodgers  in his upcoming Netflix comedy special, titled Aziz Ansari: Nightclub Comedian.

Rodgers, the 38-year-old quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, has been the subject of controversy after he claimed he was 'immunized' against COVID-19 but later admitted to being unvaccinated and, eventually, caught the virus.

He then poured fuel on the fire, saying that he was a 'victim' of a 'woke mob' who criticized him for choosing not to get vaccinated.'

'This guy makes a living getting hit in the head. Can we cut him a break?' exclaimed Ansari, who'd encouraged his audience to be a less surprised that a football player came to 'the wrong conclusion' about vaccines.

Jabbed: Aziz Ansari takes several jabs at NFL star and staunch anti-vaxxer Aaron Rodgers in his upcoming Netflix comedy special, titled Aziz Ansari: Nightclub Comedian

'People hate [Aaron Rodgers]' began the Parks And Rec star, 38, before impersonating an angry 'woke mob' member: '"[Aaron's] a f**king idiot!"'

He continued: 'It’s like, alright, calm down! He’s a football player, he read some articles, he got skeptical, he did some research.

'Are you stunned that he came to the wrong conclusion? Did you really think he was gonna crack the case?' he joked.

Aziz also took a moment to highlight how ridiculous it would be if Aaron's findings had actually caught the attention of NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Controversial: Rodgers, 38-year-old quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, has been the subject of controversy after he claimed he was 'immunized' against COVID-19 but later admitted to being unvaccinated and, eventually, caught the virus; Aaron pictured in November

Continuing to take jabs at his 'jock' status, Aziz compared the public outrage towards Aaron and his vaccine stance to that of high school students 'making fun of the quarterback for doing bad on the science test.'

'"You’re a dummy, Aaron! You’re a dummy! You don’t know anything, do you? You’re a dumb dumb,"' exclaimed Aziz with a finger pointed at an imaginary Aaron.

After mockingly coming to Rodgers' defense, Ansari touched on his 'misleading' phrasing about being 'immunized' when he was unvaccinated, as well as the subsequent interviews that made the athlete seem 'pretty arrogant' at times.

'He was out here, like, "you know, I'm a critical thinker,"' said Aziz with a laugh as he mused about Aaron 'running the scientific method' which he joked as being made up of 'listening to podcasts and talking to a few sketchy doctors.'

Cut him some slack: 'This guy makes a living getting hit in the head. Can we cut him a break?' exclaimed Ansari, who'd encouraged his audience to be a little less surprised that a football player might come to 'the wrong conclusion' about vaccines

'He’s a football player, he read some articles, he got skeptical, he did some research. 'Are you stunned that he came to the wrong conclusion? Did you really think he was gonna crack the case?' he joked

Despite all the jabs and jokes, Ansari stressed that he does not think that Aaron Rodgers or fellow vaccine skeptic Nicki Minaj are 'idiots.' Instead, he believes they're 'trapped in a different algorithm than you are.

'You know what I mean by that? And if you're calling them idiots and stuff, then you're trapped in another algorithm.'

He continued: 'I know everything you're gonna say about everything. "Oh all these dumb [unintelligible] taking horse medicine."

'Well, technically, humans can take that medicine, alright? Yeah there's nothing that shows that it actually helps with covid but when you say they're just "taking horse medicine" it pushes them further away.' 

Under attack: Continuing to take jabs at his 'jock' status, Aziz compared the public outrage towards Aaron and his vaccine stance to that of high school students 'making fun of the quarterback for doing bad on the science test'; Aaron pictured in 2019

'I don't know, man. We just gotta figure out some way to have some empathy. We're kind of just all trapped in our own little world. Unless we figure out how to talk to each other in real life again, it doesn't really matter what the problem is.'

Aziz encouraged his audience to 'click on some of the stuff' that the willingly unvaccinated 'click on' on the internet 'for a few days and see what's going on.

'But don't go too hard [or] by the end of the week you'll be like, "Fauci's a pedophile!"'

Aziz Ansari: Nightclub Comedian is Netflix's first comedy special of 2022 and boasts a 25-minute runtime.

Not so fast: After mockingly coming to Rodgers' defense, Ansari touched on his 'misleading' phrasing about being 'immunized' when he was unvaccinated, as well as the subsequent interviews that made the athlete seem 'pretty arrogant' at times

No name calling: Despite all the jabs and jokes, Ansari stressed that he does not think that Aaron Rodgers or fellow vaccine skeptic Nicki Minaj are 'idiots.' Instead, he believes they're 'trapped in a different algorithm than you are'

It became available to stream on Tuesday and marks Ansari's fourth standup special with Netflix.

Rodgers' COVID-19 vaccine controversy kicked off in August 2021 when he made the 'immunized' claim and was later forced to admit that he was unvaccinated. He'd go on to catch covid and openly used ivermectin to 'treat' the virus.

He was fined for putting other players and staff at risk, and lashed out against a 'woke mob' encouraging him to get vaccinated. He later apologized for his 'misleading' comments suggesting he was fully vaccinated. 

In an ESPN profile that was published last Friday, Rodgers spoke heatedly about Biden recently labeling COVID-19 the 'pandemic of the unvaccinated.'

'When the President of the United States says, 'This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,' it's because him and his constituents, – which I don't know how there are any if you watch any of his attempts at public speaking -- but I guess he got 81 million votes,' Rodgers told ESPN. 

Heated: In an ESPN profile that was published last Friday, Rodgers spoke heatedly about Biden recently labeling COVID-19 the 'pandemic of the unvaccinated'; Aaron pictured on January 22

Like Rodgers, Ansari has dealt with his own fair share of controversy which touched on in his Netflix special Right Now back in 2019. Specifically, he addressed the sexual misconduct allegations made against him in 2018. 

A woman had claimed he ignored verbal and non-verbal cues that she didn't want to be physical with him at the end of a date they went on together.

He said: 'I’m sure some of you are curious how I feel about that whole situation. And it’s a tricky thing for me to answer ’cause I felt so many things in the last year or so.

'There’s times I felt scared. There’s times I felt humiliated. There’s times I felt embarrassed. And ultimately, I just felt terrible that this person felt this way,' he told the crowd. 'And after a year or so, I just hope it was a step forward.' 

Like Rodgers, Ansari has dealt with his own fair share of controversy which touched on in his Netflix special Right Now back in 2019. Specifically, he addressed the sexual misconduct allegations made against him in 2018; Aziz pictured in 2019

While the situation was difficult for him he found a positive in it. And said that the way it made men he knows think about intimate situations would ultimately be good.

'It moved things forward for me and made me think about a lot. I hope I’ve become a better person. And I always think about a conversation I had with one of my friends where he was like, "You know what, man? That whole thing made me think about every date I’ve ever been on."

'And I thought, "Wow. Well, that’s pretty incredible. It’s made not just me, but other people be more thoughtful, and that’s a good thing."'

He closed by saying: 'And that’s how I feel about it…and I know this isn’t the most hilarious way to begin a comedy show. But it’s important to me that you know how I feel about that whole thing before we share this night together.'

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