The Office Called Out for Problematic Portrayal of Asian Women by Guest Star Kat Ahn

Mar 30, 2021 21:04


'The Office' Called Out for Problematic Portrayal of Asian Women by Guest Star Kat Ahn https://t.co/bZ4GK1RcTS
- Movieweb (@movieweb) March 29, 2021

Season 3 episode from 2006 of 'The Office', "A Benihana Christmas,"
It features a scene with two Asian American waitresses from the titular restaurant accompanying Michael (Steve Carell) and Andy (Ed ( Read more... )

asian celebrities, the office (nbc), race / racism

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babarsuhail March 30 2021, 19:41:58 UTC
I fucking hate The Office.

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champagnexdream March 30 2021, 19:42:12 UTC
The Office is full of shit like this, I started a re-watch last year and was like wow this is even worse than I remembered

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chllschse March 30 2021, 20:31:42 UTC
Wasn't that the whole point of The Office though? Like did people miss that or not get it. The entire premise was that Michael Scott was a complete and total inappropriate jackass. Ditto for David Brent who was even a bigger ass.

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champagnexdream March 30 2021, 21:00:37 UTC
Of course but in retrospect I think a lot of the time it really went beyond what it needed to. I also need to finish my rewatch because I don’t remember if he ever really becomes a better person or learns because by season 4ish he definitely had not hah

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lozbabie March 30 2021, 23:40:27 UTC
Yes but I n the American version hes presented as sympathetic. Not the complete and utter asshole he is.

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josiefier March 30 2021, 19:43:39 UTC

Holy shit at the bit about the Sharpie.

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spoiled_water March 30 2021, 19:44:32 UTC
Good thing I never liked this stupid ass show.

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missjersey March 30 2021, 19:44:48 UTC
I routinely watch the Christmas episodes during the holidays but stopped watching this one, it makes me very uncomfortable. Esp at the end when Michael and Jim laugh about how he "can't tell them apart". Gross.

I also don't watch the S9 Christmas episode because it has full on blackface and it's slightly more self aware but like.... they still show the actor in full blackface.

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geneforrester March 30 2021, 20:50:22 UTC
i rewatched the whole show w/ my parents at the beginning of the pandemic and i had NO MEMORY of the blackface until we were watching that episode and i was like ...jfc why!!!

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trekkiepetrelli March 31 2021, 09:31:51 UTC
yes yes yes, this episode and the scott's tots episode is just an instant miss. i cannot watch those episodes for the life of me.

when he marks the girl with a sharpie so he knows "which one" he's trying to sleep with, it's so gross.

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