Riz Ahmed Tells Trevor Noah Why He Prefers ‘Representation’ Over ‘Diversity’

Riz Ahmed appeared on “The Daily Show” last week, and his comments about diversity have struck a chord.

During a discussion with host Trevor Noah, the “Venom” star explained why he’s not a fan of the word “diversity,” preferring to go with another term.

“In terms of diversity and representation, I don’t like to talk about diversity. I feel like it sounds like an added extra. It sounds like the fries, not the burger. It sounds like something on the side, you’ve got your main thing going on, you get a sprinkle of a little bit of diversity on top of that,” said Ahmed.

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“That’s not what it’s about for me,” added the 35-year-old Brit. “It’s about representation, and representation is absolutely fundamental in terms of what we expect from our culture, and from our politics. We all want to feel represented, we want to feel seen and heard and valued. I prefer to talk about representation.”

Twitter was quick to respond, with numerous fans lauding Ahmed for making such an important distinction:

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