Seth MacFarlane’s media empire is expanding this fall with the debut of his first live-action comedy series Dads on Fox. But now the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans (MANAA) has sent a letter to the network demanding that “racist” scenes from the pilot be re-shot.
“Our community can’t continue to be the target of racially insensitive jokes,” MANAA’s founding president Guy Aoki wrote, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
The examples singled out by Aoki include the actress Brenda Song dressing up as a “sexy Asian schoolgirl” and Martin Mull’s character calling Asians “Orientals.” He even made reference to a since-deleted tweet writer Alec Sulkin sent out the day of the March 2011 Japanese tsunami that read, “If you wanna feel better about this earthquake in Japan, google ‘Pearl Harbor death toll’.”
The show has gotten a particularly poor reception from critics who viewed advance screeners, with THR’s television critic Tim Goodman calling the pilot “terrible” and reporting that “critics haven’t stopped tweeting snark about it since the screeners arrived. Not only is the show not funny, it has heavily racist overtones for Asians.”
Watch the trailer for Dads below, via Fox, and judge for yourself:
[photo via IGN.com]
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