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Comedian Aziz Ansari may have had some inkling that by casting his parents, Dr. Shoukath and Fatima Ansari, in his Netflix Original series Master of None, he'd turn them into the small screen's most endearing stars. But could he have known that the world would share in his newfound appreciation of good parenting soon after? Maybe it was all part of a devoted son's plan, maybe not. Even if you haven't watched the show yet (especially the "Parents" episode), Aziz has provided a touching reminder to call the person who raised you, offering this message on his Instagram and Tumblr:
My dad took off most of his vacation time for the year to act in Master of None. So I'm really relieved this all worked out. Tonight after we did Colbert together he said: "This is all fun and I liked acting in the show, but I really just did it so I could spend more time with you." I almost instantly collapsed into tears at the thought of how much this person cares about me and took care of me and gave me everything to give me the amazing life I have. I felt like a total piece of garbage for all the times I haven't visited my parents and told them I wanted to stay in New York cause I'd get bored in SC. I'm an incredibly lucky person and many of you are as well. Not to beat a dead horse here and sorry if this is cheesy or too sentimental but if your parents are good to you too, just go do something nice for them. I bet they care and love you more than you realize.
Watch this heartwarming and very funny father and son interview, which aired on Late Night with Stephen Colbert last night, then call the person you credit with raising you. It's the least you can do short of a successful Take Your Parent's to Work and Make Them National Heroes Day.