Polygraph Testing: What Does Vanity Fair Have to Say about Popular Celebrities?



Polygraph Testing: Global entertainment magazine Vanity Fair always has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the hottest trends in pop culture. This goes for TV, fashion, politics, commentary, or beauty to name only a few. The century-old publisher Conde Nast has been printing Vanity Fair since 1913 thanks to their tireless provision of riveting content.




In the modern age, the magazine and its content are now thoroughly integrated with the media technologies of the current time. For this reason, we can find a wealth of video format content produced by Vanity Fair on their website or other digital media sites such as YouTube. Interestingly enough, they even have a video series wherein they conduct polygraph testing.


But it does not stop at just that. The interviewees in these polygraph testing examinations are in fact world-renowned stars such as Kevin Hart and 50 Cent. This is honestly such a fantastic concept — subjecting some of the biggest celebrities (with consent, of course) to an interview format wherein they are almost completely unable to lie when giving answers to questions. What’s not to love?


You can obviously see why we at Polygraph Truths found great interest in this series. Vanity Fair has taken a machine most noted for its use in criminal interrogations to quiz famous stars on their personal matters. This coerced spilling of the beans makes for remarkably exciting dialogue that leaves the audience in hysterics.


For those of you who love celebrity media, this is the perfect series to get more familiar with the psyche of your favourite stars. Vanity Fair asks their guests a series of increasingly personal questions. Without the ability to rely on their well-practiced poker faces, stars are forced to truthfully answer questions regarding private matters such as love, family, and insecurities.


It is almost charming to see a formidable interrogation tool such as the polygraph machine being used for such light-hearted purposes. Feeling a bit inspired, we have decided to start a little series of our own in which we will document the most memorable parts of these interviews. With over 54 interviews to sift through, we can guarantee a lot of entertaining updates to this series over the next few months.


In this first instalment, we have decided to talk about the interview conducted with American TV star Hasan Minhaj. Having reviewed this 12-minute video, it is safe to say that we have plenty of spicy engagements and memorable moments to talk about. So, without further ado, let us begin.


How Does Hasan Minhaj Fair through Round 1 of His Polygraph Testing?


A writer, actor, producer, and television host, American comedian Hasan Minhaj truly is the Swiss army knife of showbiz. Most widely known for his Netflix series Patriot Act and his hilariously controversial White House Correspondents Dinner performance, Minhaj is syndicated for his witty political commentary wherein he often takes on a representative role for Asian minorities in the United States.




In December of 2019, Mihaj managed to sit down with Vanity Fair to perform this polygraph test shortly before COVID-19 would send the world into quarantine and isolated. Thank goodness for the fortunate timing because his episode was one for the books.


An astute individual by nature, Minhaj kicks the interview off by asking the operators handling the polygraph test for a scientific breakdown of how exactly the machine performs its function — perhaps in vain hopes of finding some means to gain the system.


The specialist rigging him to the machine then calmly explains that the machine detects all sorts of body movements such as breathing, skin conductivity, and heart rate — things that he could not feasibly maintain individual control over at all times.


The first round of questions are simple and their answers are of general knowledge to Minhaj’s peers and fans. He responds in the affirmative to questions regarding his name being Hasan Minhaj and his birthplace being Davis California.


He then goes on the make a funny quip about these questions being a ploy to determine whether or not he is an illegal immigrant. For fans of Hasan Minhaj, it can be agreed that this kind of humour is right on the money for a comedian such as him.


In the three questions following this we find out that this is his first time undergoing polygraph testing, he is feeling nervous, and he does not feel ready. The interviewer then follows this up by stating that the next series of questions will concern is his life, scoring a loudly gasped “what?” from Minhaj.


What We Know about Hasan Minhaj’s Personal Life through Polygraph Testing?


And thus begins the second round of interrogation, kicked off to a strong start with the question being whether or not Minhaj thinks his parents have a favourite child. More than prepared for this one, Minhaj confidently expresses that both his parents do indeed have a favourite child, with him being his mother’s favourite and his sister being his father’s.




Hasan then proudly boasts that this is the ideal situation for him given that he believes that the mother’s love is what people tend to vie for the most. Seizing on the perfect opportunity to throw in a joke, Minhaj then compares a mother’s love to the US dollar to describe its high value, contrasting the description to a father’s love being like Bitcoin in that it is esoteric and its value is oftentimes indeterminable.


We then find out that Hasan likes his mother way more than his father, that he does not consider himself to be a good brother, and that his sister did not like him very much when they were growing up together under the same roof. Considering the answer he gave to the first question in this round, we can all agree that this pretty much checks out.


Pausing for a second, here we can appreciate how polygraphs can prove the validity of statements in relation to statements made prior or afterwards. This is an excellent way to cross-reference claims with other information and statements to determine whether or not a subject under interrogation is providing a true narrative.


The next series of questions really get Minhaj uncomfortable in the hot seat when he is quizzed about his then-recent interview on American actor Dax Shepard’s podcast. He is quickly forced to provide an honest out-of-ten review of Shepard’s attractiveness to which he reluctantly delivers an average score of 6.5-7/10. At least the tough rating came with a sincere apology directed at Dax.


This is a particularly spicy moment in the interview given that Shepard had given Minhaj a 9/10 on the podcast. Minhaj’s explanation for his harsh scoring is that it is easier for average but approachable-looking white men like Dax Shepard to fit into show business.


Minhaj jokingly explains that for men of colour, in order to make it as a star, you have to look like Zayne Malik, Idris Elba, or Henry Golding. He mocks show business’s attitude towards people of colour further by saying that you have to be able to hold a pencil between your pecs and never touch bread or cereal if you want to make it as an Asian in Hollywood.


Minhaj wraps up this fantastic lecture in the equitable distribution of perceived attractiveness by stating that he believes he is far more attractive than Shepard. Although most people would agree with Minhaj on this one, let the record state that this statement was made by Minhaj with an ear-to-ear smile across his face.


In the next question, we get to see Minhaj’s first lie of the interview get shot down quickly and effortlessly by the hands of the polygraph testing machine. Mere seconds after claiming that he does not spend a lot of time on his hair, the woman to his right running the machine claims with an amused grin that the truth of his statement is questionable.




The polygraph machine proving to sophisticated for him, Minhaj is then forced into sub-textually admitting that he has in fact cancelled plans in the past due to his hair not being styled to his preference. He confesses that the attention he gives his hair is simply in order to avoid the limp straightness of its natural state which, according to him, makes him look like a young Korean boy.


We then find out that Minhaj is not proud of his 13.10 score on his SAT’s in relation to his sister’s and cousins’ scores. He does, however, state that he was proud of being able to perform at what he believes was his best at the time.


Despite this, he confidently states that he would make his daughter retake the test if she got this score because he wants nothing but the best for her. Notably, Minhaj actually talks directly to the person inspecting the readings of the ongoing polygraph testing, asking her to confirm that what he said was true. In turn, she keenly confirms the undeniability of his statement.


Minhaj then confirms to the polygraph testing interviewer that, when he was younger, he did indeed often lie to his parents about going to the library to study when he was in fact sneaking off to various clubs to perform his comedy routines.


Before the interviewer can up the ante any further, however, Minhaj goes on to determinately say that he will not provide insights into any of the other many lies he has told his parents, he says this is simply because he knows that his mother would definitely see the interview since she is such a big fan of him.


Nonetheless, the interviewer does manage to wrangle out some answers regarding other things Minhaj has lied about to others such as his age. He goes on to admit that he once lied profusely and seemingly unnecessarily in Del Taco application.


Minhaj then also dishes some dirt regarding his congressional testimony on the student loan crisis in the United States. During his testimony, he at one point states that he is proficient in Microsoft Office.


According to Minhaj, this claim is completely fabricated and is one that he has made in past job applications. This is as funny as it is spicy given that lying during a congressional testimony would technically constitute a violation of the law.


The best thing about this interview lies in Hasan Minhaj’s hilarious commentary and elaborate explanations for his answers. If you want to find out more about the remaining half of the interview, you should look for it on YouTube. This is actually an ingenious celebration of polygraphing’s place in pop culture




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