Kumail Nanjiani has been exercising caution, including pulling out of this year’s SXSW before the Austin festival was ultimately canceled, since the early days of the pandemic — and with good reason. The actor’s wife and screenwriting partner, Emily V. Brown, has the Still’s disease — as documented in their Oscar-nominated film, The Big Sick — and is thus considered to be in a high-risk group.
Over the past several months, the actor and comedian has used his platform to encourage fans to stay home, even partnering with Gordon to create the podcast Staying In with Emily & Kumail as a way to discuss quarantine life and raise funds for charities helping those affected by the pandemic. But eight months in, and with concerns of a fall surge taking hold, the former Silicon Valley star admitted in a lengthy, now-viral Twitter thread on Sunday that he’s feeling “hopeless and helpless.”
Nanjiani’s thread — shared by the likes of Chris Rock and Bradley Whitford — sees the Eternals star venting his frustration at leaders he says are “doing nothing and blaming us for being concerned,” as well as at naysayers who dismiss wearing masks or leaning on scientific evidence as “weakness.”