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Excerpted from The Hollywood Reporter: The hits keep on coming for Fox’s forthcoming comedy Dads.
Two weeks after producers were put on the defensive at the Television Critics Association press tour over the show’s controversial nature, the Media Action Network for Asian Americans fired off a letter asking that “racist” scenes be reshot before the show premieres.
Guy Aoki, founding president of MANAA, which touts itself as “the only group solely dedicated to being a media watchdog for Asian American media issues,” sent the letter addressed to Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly, COO Joe Earley, senior vp comedy Marcus Wiley and senior vp current programming James Oh.
“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.” Keep reading