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Watching Lena Waithe’s ‘Master of None’ Episode Is a New Thanksgiving Tradition

Ahh, Thanksgiving. There’s no shortage of things to eat and things to watch. But, let’s be real, all those Friends marathons aren’t super queer. So, aside from a very pro-Native American Buffy the Vampire Slayer Thanksgiving episode Season 4’s “Pangs” what is there to watch to commemorate how awkward it can be to be queer on Thanksgiving?

Well, the answer is on Netflix.

This year, queer fam, let’s start a new tradition: watching the Emmy-winning Master of None episode “Thanksgiving,” written by Lena Waithe, the out lesbian who also stars on the show as Aziz Ansari’s best friend Denise. The episode also stars Angela Bassett as Denise’s mom and Kym Whitley as family friend Joyce.

The new tradition was first suggested by Los Angeles Times writer Tre’vell Anderson on Twitter.

But Waithe soon weighed in and approved.

When Waithe won the Emmy for comedy writing, alongside Aziz Ansari, she dedicated the award to her LGBTQIA family, saying: “I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers. Every day when you walk out the door, put on your imaginary cape,” she said. “Go out there and conquer the world because the world would not be as beautiful if you were not in it.”

Since her win, Waithe is working on multiple projects, including The Chi for Showtime and a comedy about black girls living in LA, led by a black queer woman.

So, let’s get to sippin’ and start a new tradition.