A while ago I wrote a blog entry about if you can’t have one with out the other. For example, you can’t have a show about racism, such as The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, without fat shaming, sexism, and homophobia. One always needs to compensate for other in order to create “comedy.” And to relieve white male viewers. But for the female viewers, they’re just that much more uncomfortable, unless of course they laugh along with the guys because they’ve internalized the patriarchy so much they don’t realize what’s going on. Anyway, this applies to another show that is much more recent, the ABC show, Speechless.
“I love interacting with Asian people. They’re so wise, knowledgeable, polite.”
CBS doesn’t know how to write east Asian characters, and I’m not even talking about 2 Broke Girls, I’m talking about Superior Donuts. Though I can stand the show, there are some extremely cringe worthy parts. The basic blonde woman, Maya, they use in order to show how our generation is making everything so PC and “difficult.” She’s even used to show how ridiculous fighting for feminism and racial equality is. “Donut holes really symbolize vaginas.” She’s well intentioned and I agree with a lot of what she says (not that quote, but other ones about how it’s sexist to call women “baby” or “honey”). But she’s made to sound so ridiculous and the other characters don’t like her that we in turn are told not to like her. Next, there’s Fawz, who’s an immigrant from Iraq. He’s a pretty solid character, but he too falls into being racist and sexist. But at the same time, he acknowledges that he’s racist, which is good, but he just doesn’t care. There’s also a female chauvinist pig white female cop, a Jewish white donut store owner, and a black male cop, but I wont get into right now. Lastly, there’s Franco, an African American guy who actually gives some really poignant points when it comes to racism and police brutality. And that’s the episode I’m going to talk about today. For all the shows flaws, it does talk about racism when it comes to Arab people and African American people. However, when it comes to Asian American characters the show falls extremely flat.
24 year old English major and ESL Teacher. Currently living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Feminist and kill joy with a cause.