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Asian-American Group wants 'Dads' Re-Shot due to Racism




Seth MacFarlane is no stranger to controversy, however his latest offensive offering may actually cause him some headaches: the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans (MANAA) is demanding that the pilot episode of the new FOX comedy 'Dads' be re-shot to remove racist elements in the program. 

MANAA is awaiting an official response from FOX, having submitted a letter the group sent on Monday. The letter requests that FOX re-shoot the "racist" scenes in the 'Dads' pilot. FOX told Deadline that they were in the process of responding to the request. Apparently, FOX was taking a little too long for MANAA's tastes, as MANAA took the issue to the press and made the entire exchange public record. 

'Dads' stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi as two best friends and video game developers who have their crass fathers move in with them and upend their lives. Comic legends Martin Mull and Peter FOXReigert play the characters' fathers, with stereotypical political incorectness dripping from every line of dialogue. Mull’s character, for instance, calls Asians “Orientals,” and says, of Chinese people, “There’s a reason ‘Shanghai’ is a verb.” 

If it seemed that FOX had a hit on their hands, they may have been quicker to defend the program; unfortunately, television critics blasted 'Dads' at the TCA conference earlier this month. Could this MANAA controversy spell the beginning of the end of this project? 

The scene that MANAA took the most issue with is a scene in which the sons are about to meet with Chinese businessmen and ask their Asian employee Veronica (Brenda Song) to dress up as a sexy schoolgirl. Green’s character suggests she also giggle demurely — “which is more a Japanese stereotype,” MANAA noted. “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,” the organization complained in its letter, a copy of which was sent to the media this afternoon.

FOX has attempted to defend the racism inherent by claiming that the problematic dialogue only comes from the dads, who are being painted as old-fashioned and out-of-touch. 'South Park' similarly skirts racial controversy, given that the problematic dialogue on that show comes from Eric Cartman, a character often vilified for being immoral and prejudiced. However, in their letter to FOX, MANAA explains that the scene where Song's character is encouraged to giggle like a stereotype features racism coming from the sons themselves, the lead characters. 

What do you think? Did 'Dads' take things too far? 

- Dads (2013)
- Seth MacFarlane
- Seth Green
- Giovanni Ribisi
- Brenda Song

Written by: bad_subject
Aug 16th, 2013, 9:25 am

Images courtesy of FOX


Message Posted On Aug 17th, 2013, 3:27 am
I think MANAA need to reevaluate what they're wasting their time on. I understand how that can be seen as racism, and how it could upset Asian people, but they're also the ones who chose to watch it. If they don't like it, they shouldn't watch it. If they don't know by now that Seth MacFarlane always makes crude jokes such as that, especially in Family Guy, then they haven't been paying much attention to him and his work to be upset by it. Speaking as a British person, the way we're portrayed in comedy shows is, to quote my friend, "Rather horrible and untrue", but you don't see us complaining. At the end of the day, if you don't like it, don't watch it. Leave Seth carry on what he's doing in peace.
MANAA = Hypocrites

Message Posted On Aug 16th, 2013, 4:58 pm
"Song's character is encouraged to giggle like a stereotype features racism coming from the sons themselves" ... I can think of 4 scenes off the top of my head featuring this EXACT DISPLAY OF STEREOTYPE & all take place in a motion picture. You didn't hear the outcry from this group then, why should it be considered relevant to pretend to care now? (oh that's right, its Seth MacFarlane).

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Message Posted On Aug 16th, 2013, 3:01 pm

Whether they went too far is a matter of personal opinion, but if Fox allows a special intetest group to edit/censor their material, they might as well close up shop. Fox didn't knuckle under to the criticism of Married With Children, and the world didn't end.

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