Two years into parenting, Hasan Minhaj has come to some funny conclusions about children’s media.
“I’ve been reading a lot of books with my daughter, but I’ve realized a lot of children’s books are insane in terms of the plot points,” the comedian told HuffPost while promoting his involvement with “Dads,” a documentary from Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard in partnership with Dove Men+Care, which aims to celebrate fatherhood as “the ultimate expression of a man’s care.”
“If you read ‘The Giving Tree,’ it’s super sad. That’s like a book about unfettered capitalism and/or global warming. It’s basically like, ‘You cannot trust human beings, they’re gonna destroy planet Earth,’” he said. “Or if you’ve read ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ that kid is a sociopath. He basically leaves his family to live with monsters, and he only comes back because dinner’s ready.”
Minhaj and his wife, Beena, have a 2-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son. He said he was inspired to get involved with “Dads” because of its goal to “dispel the stereotypes around being a father,” particularly the rigid notion of dads as providers who don’t have as much involvement in their children’s day-to-day lives.
Jokes about literary classics aside, the “Patriot Act” host said he’s found a lot of “really amazing” children’s books to read to his kids, including “Hair Love” by Matthew A. Cherry. The book encourages Black children to love their natural hair and highlights the beauty of differences, a message that’s all too relevant in 2020 as racial injustice dominates the national conversation.
The son of Indian Muslim immigrants, Minhaj believes in teaching kids messages of empowerment, diversity and inclusion.
“When my dad came to this country in 1982, his goal was to survive,” he said....