Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA)’s Guy Aoki has criticized Seth MacFarlane latest attempt at humor for stereotypical lameness at the expense of – dare I use that umbrella term – “Asian-Americans”.
“Our community can’t continue to be the target of racially insensitive jokes,” Aoki wrote. “Fox has an opportunity to fix fatal flaws in the pilot and to improve the show’s chances for success when it premieres next month. We are asking you to reshoot the inappropriate scenes of the pilot. Considering the consistent feedback from our community and television critics in general — and the creators saying they hadn’t properly defined their characters nor gotten used to their actors when they shot that first episode — this sounds like a no-brainer.”
Writing about the show’s “racial and sexual stereotypes,” Aoki cited such moments as actress Brenda Song dressing up as a “sexy Asian schoolgirl” when the main characters were about to meet with Chinese businessmen and Martin Mull‘s character calling Asians “Orientals.”
“[N]o one corrected him (will he later call blacks ‘negroes?’),” Aoki wrote. “He later warned his son that he couldn’t trust the Chinese, that ‘there’s a reason Shanghai’s a verb.’ Supposedly all was made right when the Chinese agreed to the deal after the ‘creepy interpreter’ sent a picture of his penis to Song, who, predictably, said that it was tiny.”
Aoki also referenced a tweet written by Dads co-creator Alec Sulkin on March 11, 2011, the day a tsunami hit Japan, killing thousands of people: “If you wanna feel better about this earthquake in Japan, google ‘Pearl Harbor death toll.’ “
MacFarlane responded that the show would be an “equal-opportunity offender”. Does that include people who use stereotypical generalizations because they are too lazy even to steal a real writer, like Louis C.K., who just might happen to have a compelling narrative that tells a story about a real person, who has, by the way, lived a real life and not some boardroom?
Yawn at your own peril here.