Monday, October 3, 2011

Light Racial Humor or Blatant Racism?


I was very excited about this new TV show "2 Broke Girls" on CBS as I am a fan of Kat Dennings (on your left) work and I figured if she is on this show it will be funny. I was also impressed by the preview so I thought why not give it a shot. 

I watched the pilot which was decent but by the second episode I was completely unimpressed with the ethnic and racial "humor" of the show. Don't get me wrong, I'm not little Ms. Sensitive as I laugh at racial humor just like the next person if it's done properly and in a tasteful way. Unfortunately, it seemed that this show took it too far and that's why I had to sit back and ask myself, "Is this show racist?

This question was asked because I was thinking there is no way writers can be this ignorant but I guess I was wrong.  For instance, with lines like, "You can't tell an Asian he made a mistake, he'll go in the back and throw himself on a sword," "Three blocks and fifteen ‘Hola, chica!’s away from my apartment."  WTH, is what I was thinking when I heard these lines and this was just two lines out of many in one episode but I believe you get the point. I understand pushing the envelope in television makes for good TV but what some writers have to understand is that racial humor can be a very touchy subject if it's not done in a funny and tasteful manner.  These lines were not funny and very distasteful, not a good combo at all. 

Are the writers just going for comedic humor or are they showing how they really feel and just hiding behind the pen while doing so? 

Thank you all so very much for reading and please make sure to leave your thoughts and comments below.

xoxo
~Positively Jewls

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