Friday, September 24, 2010

"Outsourced" Is Not That Offensive

Cooking at Home with Pedatha (Best Vegetarian Book in the World - Gourmand Winner)The new TV series "Outsourced" came upon some harsh criticism for being culturally insensitive and painting the Indian characters as one dimensional and based upon stereotypes. Can anyone say; "Thank you, have a nice day?"  Well, after watching this freshmen show I can say that it was hardly the 'blackface' is was painted as. The show is offensive, in the way the main character Todd Dempsy's illustrates to his employees the benefits of being American over being Indian. To assume that America has cornered the market on culture, especially popular culture, the world over is the only real offence. 
As for the show being funny, which should really be what is at issue here, it is... a little bit. A network comedy series that forgoes a laugh track is a victory in my book. I don't need to be told when to laugh "Two and A Half Men"!!! There was very little to laugh about though, the best parts of dialogue came during a conversation between Dempsy and another relocated American about how many days in a row you will shit yourself after eating a portion of local food. The magic number was five by-the-by.   

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