October 25th, 2011
08:00 PM ET
Critics claim '2 Broke Girls' uses racial stereotypes
New CBS comedy series “2 Broke Girls” is attracting criticism for their portrayal of a Korean character and their alleged use of racial stereotypes.
The character of Korean immigrant Bryce (Han) Lee, as played by Matthew Moy, runs the diner where the “2 Broke Girls” (played by Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs) are employed. As we mentioned in our recap back in September, the only drawback to the series premiere was that Moy's character certainly "walked the line of turning into a stereotype."
CNN's Henry Hanks called it "truly disappointing to see this on an otherwise smart show," and other critics have since chimed in.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that “each week Han’s broken English gets played like some sorry minstrel show.” Questionable jokes include emphasizing Lee’s problems with pronunciation.
Blog Racebending observes that “Lee can’t wear his pants correctly, can’t speak English properly, and doesn’t understand the concept of holidays.”
And it’s not just Bryce Lee. “[T]he ensemble of stock ethnics gave me a migraine,” commented New York Magazine writer Emily Nussbaum of the show’s population.
HitFix reports that the show’s creators, Whitney Cummings (who also stars in “Whitney”), and “Sex and the City” writer Michael Patrick King, claim the diner is representative of the multi-ethnic neighborhood (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) it serves.
"By ethnic characters, I'd say the hipsters,” King said when the question of stereotypes came up during the Television Critics Association press tour. “And Max is sort of the lord and ruler of that diner, so she's going to take everybody down, the hipsters, the immigrants, the girls, and most importantly, herself."
As for the accusation that Bryce Lee is a stereotype, King and Cummings don’t see it. "There's a comic sweetness to him that's an innocence, and the fact he's an immigrant from Korea is part of his character," writer/producer/director King said, noting that the character will be rounded out as the season goes on.
“The character is not dumb,” Cummings added. “He just moved to the country six months ago. He literally doesn't know the language. That doesn't mean he's dumb. In the subsequent episodes, we're going to see how smart he truly is.”
King may be an equal opportunity offender. When asked if a joke about Stephen Hawking (who suffers from the motor neuron disease ALS) would stay in the show, King replied in the affirmative. "Yeah. I think it's funny," he said. “I'm sorry."
“2 Broke Girls” airs Mondays at 8:30 ET/PT on CBS.
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If you want to see real racism you should watch the Korean MBC channel. Recently they had an episode detailing the "Shocking Relationships with Foreign Males". Basically a bunch of racist crap about protecting the poor Korean woman from the evil foreign males who just want to give them aids and steal their money. This from a national broadcast company in Korea. Just google it and see the wonderful episode.
I tried to watch this show for the first time last night. Only a few minutes into it I realized it is the filthiest most disgusting show on TV right now. It's even worse than two and a half me. I quit watching that show long before Charlie Sheen left because of the filth.
So disregarding someones ethnicity is alright as long as it makes you laugh , i have watched many comedians make fun of many different races whites , blacks , Hispanics , etc , funny yes , insensitive no . Think about it . How many of you actually know someone who is Asian and has a problem with speaking english ? I do and i try to correct him when i can . But how do you correct some of our beautiful dread wearing brothers and sisters , white , black , brown , yellow , or green when you describe their hairstyle as being something that looks like it came out of a filthy vacuum cleaner . Yeah that is funny !!
Horrible, portraying someone other than a white person in a less than perfect manner, should be illegal. Should only be allowed to poke fun at white males.
All of you white racist g@ybirds can STFU already cause you wont have the heart to say what you are saying in here to anyones face, you racist bytch made pale pieces of s#it.
Hate much, do you?
Ahh, idiots. Seems to be 98% of America's population is one. When you write articles like this..claiming that a 30 minute comedy TV show is racist for just making fun of stereotypes all it does is add fuel to the actual racism flames. Stereotyping people is not racist. Ignorant sure. But racist? no. Things like this does more harm than good. Jesus christ I hope 2012 is true.
Then what you are saying is things really have not changed , your so called new world is really the old world and racial and ethnic slurs are still commonplace in this country and that our skins should be thick enough by now where it really should not matter if someone who just happens to be offended by these degrading stereotypes spoke up ? What a wonderful new we live in . I do not wear rose colored contacts !!!!
What "you" see as "types" I see as common work place. You show me a work place where all of the above isn't done and you will see that you are either at the Pentagon or on a battleship. This show is like an every day work place. A blending of people who have to work together to make a paycheck. If you seriously cant handle this show then watch reruns on TV Land. Welcome to the new world...
this weeks racial slur about dreadlocks on 2 broke girls comparing them to something that came out of a dirty vacuum cleaner was the final blow , i will no longer watch the show . There has been so many insensitive ethnic comments since its inception i have had enough .
well, its true...thats why sterotypes exist, they are trueisms
The criticism of the character is off the mark. A. It's a character. B. It's a comedy, and C. Like it or not, there are a lot of people in this country who are like that. I work with a guy who came over from Vietnam, been here over 20 years, and he had never heard of a little band called Metallica.
It's a simple fact that the nature of a large proportion of immigrants stick to their own communities within a larger setting, and thus you have the archtype for the Bryce Lee character. It's funny and it works because we all know someone like that.
There are some mediums that stereotypes have no place in....comedy is NOT one of them.
People can't be creative nor imaginative if they have to be so politically correct and sensitive. What's wrong with stereotyping. People in Europe stereotyped Americans as being ignorant, uneducated and totally dismissive of reality.
Get over it, the show is hilarious. If you don't like, don't watch it. People cry about everything nowadays.
The show 2 broke girls is hilarious and I wouldn't change a thing. Yes there is some racial critiisizm but this is NY & New Yorkers are like this if you don't have the stomach for it no body cares the show must go on! Keep it movin!
I wonder if the black character will
a) Talk loud during the movie
b) Yell for no reason whatsoever while on their cell phone in public about their friend "Day-Day" who done them wrong
c) Stare at every car that passes them when walking down the sidewalk
d) Purchase a 1,000 dollar car with 3,000 dollar rims
e) Buy their newborn an Avirex or FUBU jacket yet come up financially short when it comes time for Baby Food.
f) Pay late for a 10th consecutive time on their "note", read (car or house payment)
g) Responding to a customer's question with "I ain't know" while working the reception area
Yeah, we know. White people will never want to integrate with black people. Tell us something we don't know
Why is it that White people are never offended by any particular racial stereotypes towards their own race? Only the other(Non White) races are offended. I guess Whites will always remain at the top of the food chain where no "racial" stereotypes are ever deemed offensive to them. I guess it is the responsibilty of all other races to feel insecure about their own race and have sensitivity issues towards anything that is said towards them. It's funny how that works
This show is horrible! It's not funny at all. It reminds of the show Alice from the 70's. That show too took place in a diner.
All ethnic characters must be portrayed as physically attractive, without any obvious faults, and a PhD from Harvard.
the world just need to get over all this overly sensitive garbage. You poor picked on baby.
are you kidding me??? cant you just watch a show and laugh!!!!!??? and stop trying to analyze everything to make it negative!!! isn't there already enough negativity in this world !!!!!!!!!
AMEN! People just need to laugh and stop creating negativity in everything.
I am really tired of this modern era where the only safe bet is to make fun of a white person. Seriously people, we won't get past racial issues until we move past getting upset over every little thing ... the Korean guy does not represent every Korean out there, but I'd bet money there is at least one out there like that ... we exaggerate for comic effect, that is one of the largest basis for comedy! I agree the Koren character does skew negative stereotypical, but its a comedy and every minority character cannot play a straight-laced brain surgeon just to avoid offending someone!
That is exactly right. It is only safe to make fun of White people because Whites are not offended by anything, and why should they be? White people know that they are at the top of the food chain and no slurs or insults against them ever stick. Every attempt to mock whites is ineffective. It is all the other races who have sensitivity issues regarding their race. That is their weakness, and that is their problem
your kidding me right? WOW! there was such a love fest with the same themes done by Norman Lear......I happen to enjoy the show.......Never once have I thought of it as racist.......maybe your putting way to much onto it. Norman Lear was NEVER politically correct! and yet his shows today are atill in rerun......Give it a rest!
Difficult to keep m,y eyes open because of how boring it was to read –
0 for presentation
0 for even thinking about profiling – just laugh and get the F over it
0 for trying to convince folks that because critics had something to say it would apply to the rest of the viewing public
total score = FAIL
I truly enjoy this show. I think its funny and fresh. I also liked the episode about the credit card bills...who hasn't avoided calls because they know its a creditor? Love it!
Oh white people don't get stereotyped? I thought we were all rich and shopped at the Gap?
My white friend who just lost her job, lives on a shoestring, has no savings and has no real estate can't get energy assistance. The folks down at Social Services, who, incidentally, are all "of color", tell her "Oh, no, YOU don't quality." But they can't give her a reason why. That is not racism or discrimination? Give me a break.
Most of us are just poor white trash trying to make our way in the world. Just like the characters in "My Name is Earl". We didn't pitch a fit about that.
Come on people it's a comedy not a reality show! Don't be so darn politically correct. So sick of everyone getting up in arms over stereotypes. I'm from the South but I don't get all up on arms when there are redneck jokes. I don't have spare parts in my yard & I didn't marry my cousin. It's a joke!!! Laugh or change the darn channel. But shut the heck up & quit ruining funny material for the rest of us who understand that tv isn't a real reflection of life. Geez!!!
What is wrong with stereotyping? There are always real people who fit the stereotypes and it can often be really funny.
I'm insulted this show doesn't have more racism. What am I to be now ignored? First you insult my race and now you take it away pretending it does not exist? Outrageous! Bring back racist comments and stereotypes to levels never seen before. Otherwise I will sue this website and TV show.
Stereotypes exist for a reason... They're not only funny (sometimes), but they're also a huge time saver.
I realize why these article writers come up with a comment response section. It is to promote and keep alive America's worst Disease- RACISM.
Yes, it was such a shame when they made NCIS's Ziva have trouble with English too! That caused SUCH an uproar too!! Oh, it didn't? But that character was a foreigner, new to the country too! Why not? Maybe the Korean community wasn't as concerned about how an Israeli was portrayed? Or, maybe it is just a quirky characteristic of the character that is entertaining! Hmmmm...
If everyone as a group is being made fun of with comedic or dramatic intent, it's stereotyping. If one person/group is being disparaged with oppressive intent, it's racism. Sometimes the difference isn't all that apparent (especially if the comedy falls flat), but people really do have to look at INtent, not just CONtent, before crying racism. If a white comedian makes a stereotypical joke about black people, and a black comedian makes the exact same joke, how can it be considered racist from one and not the other? How many ethnic comedians make jokes about their own race or culture that would have the PC groups howling and frothing at the mouth if those same words came up in the act of someone of a different race? Let's face it – there ARE people of ALL races/cultures/professions that perpetuate the stereotypes (lazy Mexicans, white trailer trash, black thugs, shady lawyers, etc.), and there always will be. But use some common sense – any reasonable person knows the majority are just normal people, with variations like everyone else. So if it's comedy, accept it for what it is and be amused by it or not. If it's a person spouting hate, simply ignore him/her for the bigoted ignoramus he/she is. And by the way, I'm a chubby white grandma – also a computer RPG player, actress, martial artist, gourmet cook, karaoke singer and avid reader. So stereotype that!
I blame Obama for this
I think this show is funny people are becoming to sensitive! Get over it.
So I guess the character of the rich ditzy blond is a racist stereotype for rich white girls then...
Once again another example of "If you don't like it, then don't watch it." Stop complaining and trying to pass your views on to other people. Learn to use your remote and change the channel.
That slant is hilarious. Best part of the show
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I think the show is fine, and the fact is it's only a stereotype if it doesn't reflect reality. I know people who are exactly like the Korean character in this show. And stereotypes regarding other minorities are reinforced with the thousands of people every day who engage in unintelligible discussions with call centers, telemarketers and phishing scam artists based in places like India. If you don't like 2 Broke Girls (or 2 1/2 Men, or American Idol) don't watch, case closed. There are plenty of people who like 2 Broke Girls (the first new show in a decade that I've liked that actually seems safe from cancellation after the first season) who get the humor. And as the writers say themselves, the character will become more rounded as the series progresses. If they dropped the character people would complain about the show not being diverse enough.
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I can't celieve no one has figured out the simple solution to this problem. It's so obvious.
Fire all the minority cast members. That way none of them can do anything "stereotypical"
See, problems solved.
As a society, we are enabling these over sensitive subjects way to much. It's humor people. We all do it at some point. Take it for what it is. If it were written in anger, i would see your points. With very minimal effort, you can take any show and find a politically incorrect reference or character. It's actually sad that we give these bloggers and critics any credit at all for their views of humor and intention of the writers. Last I checked, Archie Bunker is still on Nick@nite feeding us some great HUMOR. GET OVER YOURSELF and let a little humor into your life. After all you make the same off color jokes in private with your friends anyway.
Sounds like the shows writers are saying oops. Lets round out the character before we get cancelled.
I cant believe its still on the air.........its a stupid show.
This show has everyone stereotyped – and it's funny !! But how come no one complains that the "chick from Brooklyn" is a stereotype, or the ditzy blonde is being stereotyped ? How come it's only the foreign guy stereotype that everyone is complaining about ?
Know why stereotypes exist? Because, more often than not, THEY ARE TRUE.
It's a TV show and if you don't like it don't watch it. I think the show sucks but you have to give it a break on the racial stuff.
First of all, I don't watch the show. In talking with my friends however there have been many references to rape and domestic abuse used as jokes on a show To me that is much worse than a sterotype. I am a fat white guy myself. You don't think I hear jokes from time to time? Who cares. They are just words aimed at me by people that feel they are superior, that is how sterotypes start. Do we make jokes about murder, suicide, or any other heinous act? Why would we find jokes about domestic violence ok then? the real problem is that this article doesn't address the real problem.
Is this thing still on ?? I was so offended by the first episode that I could only watch a few min. of it 😮
WELL DUH! DIDN'T SEE ANY ISSUE WITH STEREOTYPICAL WAITRESS' OR RICH SNOB THAT ONE OF THEM WORKS FOR AS A BABY SITTER (WHO NAMED THEIR TWINS BRAD AND ANGELINA) HUMOR BEING A BIG DEAL! AND I'VE NEVER SEEN ANY 'OMG THEY ARE STEREOTYPING GEEKS AND LONE DUMB BLOND CHICK' ON BIG BANG THEORY! GEL OVER IT PEOPLE ITS A COMEDY SHOW AND QUITE FRANKLY FUNNY AS CRAP
Most comdies are based on stereotypes, to a degree. Besides, if everyone in a sitcom acted "normal" it would be BORING. Funny people are usually STUPID, in some sense, extremely self-centered, or cruel. All of which makes us the viewers feel intellectually and \ or morally superior in comparison. This is true of even the great sitcoms – "The Honeymooners", "The Odd Couple", "All In The Family", though "Seinfeld", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", and "Arrested Development".
Yes, this is true, as you said, for GREAT sitcoms. However, the article's subject sitcom does not fall into this category.
The "white" girl is also stereotyped as rich, thin and beautiful. Oh wait, I forgot – aren't ALL white people rich, thin, and beautiful? It's TV folks, give the viewing public a little credit for knowing the difference. It's a good show and one of the freshest of the new season.
As an asian, born and partially raised in asia, i poke fun of my ethnicity and stereotypes all the time and i certainly have no trouble getting a good laugh out of it when someone else does it. Stereotyping is essentially the majority's subjective perspective on the minority population. You might not see many white stereotypes in hollywood, because the majority of the population is Caucasian. However, one should realize that caucasians are almost always stereotyped in asian entertainment industries. Stereotyping is more reflective of the observer's mentality than those being observed, so why getting offended by it?
The show is terrible. If it needs to be accused of anything it should be for wasting cable bandwidth.
They've got to do something, because this show is terrible. But I do enjoy looking at Kat Dennings. In fact, I'm usually stroking myself when she's on screen.
This is hardly the only show that does it. Stereotypes are rampant if not always this blatant.
You want a way for the show to make up for all the bad stereotypes they make the Asian guy do? Here's a great idea: LET HIM GET WITH ONE OF THE HOT WHITE CHICKS!!! Hey, it's TV, and if he gets one of the hot white chicks (preferably the main characters), then all is forgiven. 😀
Oh crap! Someone got offended. First we need a lawyer for the lawsuit and then a focus group so people can address their feelings.
White People: Just know this. We don't mind being stereotyped. We just mind be stereotyped ALL THE TIME. You guys don't have that problem
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You simply CAN'T use the excuse "White people are stereotyped all the time too". Stereotypes are a "drop in the bucket" compared the tons and tons of great and varied roles whites get. Most of the minority depictions in hollywood have been stereotypical.
Left out the fact is that Han owns the diner the 2 Broke Girls work in. Stupid and dumb don't own diners.... Plus this is a comedy so people really need to get over themselves and enjoy the laughs
political correctness is for f@ggots and n!ggers. Most of you narrow minded kool aid drinking dolts won't get that joke.
everybody needs to relax and not be so sensitive.
Grow up! get over it! deal with it!, for Gods sake WTH 1 is a freaking comedy show !, is fiction Hellooooooooooooooooooooooooooo stop ruining everything by finding offese in it where are we going to end up????
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That's just wong.
Do people still watch sitcoms anymore? Or CBS for that matter?
I love this show... stereotypes, political incorrectness and all. The Untied States has WAY BIGGER problems on its plate... than worrying about this junk. Dummies... wake up. They use this stuff as a diversion so that the goons at the top can do more harmful things to us all... and you're worried about name calling. Get a grip.
Why can't people stop the freaking PC insanity already, can't we laugh at ourselves like we used to? Look at Sanford and Son and All In The Family, classic shows that could never make it on TV today because people forgot how to laugh.
Here we go again with the racist card. If it was the other way around with blacks making comments about whites, it is just satire. Moreover, if the actors thought it was racist, then why audition for the parts and take them.
Don't you mean, "he can't speak engrish properry"
What a crock. Do they want the other "races" to be more white...? Is the black guy too black, the Asian guy too Asian? This article is racists, not the show.
The only racists are the ones who cry racism when none is actually present....
Okay people all over the world make fun of everybody, case in point; you have asian, white, black, etc stand up comedians who make fun of their own race as well as others. It's all on how you look at it and the way I see it WE ARE ALL ALIKE; no matter how much you want to deny it; WE ARE. And the truly funny part is; NO ONE wants to admit that there is NO ONE RACE better than the other. Everyone has their good qualities as well as their flaws and it's okay to laugh at them. It only becomes a problem when people start making statements as if they were facts and in which case they usually are not. I can give you three statements that people honestly believe is a fact and it really was just someone's opinion and people ran with it: 1. People of Asian decent can't sing – Check out singing sensation Charice – she can sing her heart out! 2.Black people are ignorant – Maya Angelou, Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson – some of the nicest, well spoken Black Americans. 3. White people can't dance – Justin Timberlake, Pixie lott, and Pink to name a few can dance like their lives depended on it!. Basically you just got to lighten up a little; a wise person once said – "There are going to be a lot of battles that will come your way; you have to pick and choose the ones you want to fight and the others just let it go because ultimately you want to win the war. Just my opinion.
I like this show and am sick to death of political correctness.
As the foundering and only member of PETZ (people for the ethical treatment of zombies), I am shocked at Hollywoods treatment of certain groups. You think 2BG sterotypes, just watch that Walking Dead. Every week that mean insensitive sheriff goes around with his shot gun shooting innocent zombies. The writers on that show take no effort in exploring the zombies' feelings. Just like Bryce Lee on 2BG, the zombies are new to our culture and should be treated with respect and dignity.
drivel drivel drivel
every character on that show is an exaggeration of their race ...who cares? sensitive ho-bags
That yellow skin sure is thin!
That's it, I quit. The progressive nuts have taken over the nut house and sadly the breadcrumbs on the path back to common sense were blown away by the Eastern ACLU winds.
#1 – This show's writing is so forced and contrived it isnt at all funny.
#2 – Racial stereotypes are funny – white ones, black ones, asian ones. See chapelle's show. That guy really got it. The PC police are trashing and ruining this country faster than politicans – well, maybe not that fast.
#3 – The brown haired actress is a hottie!
Get the papers. Get the papers.
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Wha' ezackry is prlobrem here? Miyagi is just praying a chalacter. it's not lacism. ooops. my bad. Grow up people. Besides, who watched network TV?
But the rich dumb blonde is not a sterotype?
Seriously? That's what you have to complain about? The show is funny and the fact that several ethnic characters are portrayed as, well, as the way most real people of their ethnic groups are just makes the show that much funnier. So Han has a problem with English. So what? I worked with an Asian "immigrant" who moved here over 25 years ago whose English was even worse than Han's. That's not a stereotype, that's a fact. All this PC crap is getting out of control.
This article is stupid. I'm Asian, Vietnamese to be precise, and I don't take offense at all. This show is funny and not mean spirited. There is a difference of being racist and racial. The characters all have flaws and the show plays on them but they are also make them endearing...
If it were a black character being stereotyped poorly, Jesse Jackson would raise hell, but Asian-Americans will suffer in silence like they always have.
i jus threw up all over the keyboard..
News flash! Television has always been one of the most racial aspects of america. Even BET. Its sickening, thats why i limit giving my time to them
What I want to know is, does the Korean drive?
He drives your mom. 😀
i'm a big fan of the show, and i'm also asian. yes, the character does fall into some stereotypes but they show doesn't make them offensive at all. i actually find his character kind of endearing, someone you'd want to root for.
Yes, and it also stereotypes pushy brunettes and dumb blondes. Not to mention it's heinously bad portrayal of horses.
Come on people, get a grip!
To quote Ducky from "Pretty in PInk": "It's a sense of humor. You should get one, they're nice...."
People need to relax.... If they don't like the show then don't watch it. I personally thing it's a great show and its a nice break from all the other garbage shows that are on TV that somehow keep getting renewed.
I am SO SICK of everyone and everything being thrown out there as "racist" havent we been thro enough in this country? now everything has to be "racist" the show is hilarious ok im sure they r sorry if they offended anyone im sure it wasnt intentional noone can laugh or have a good show/joke without it being racist....grow up! theres enough ignorent people in this world being racist because they r immature and pathetic go blast them all over the news
Things have gone way too far with the PC BS in this country. Time for the pendulem to swing the other way back towards normalcy. Its gotten to the point that the law cant protect people confronted with real racism and other crimes because the system is so burdoned with false claims, people throwing words around, etc – I really hope this country gains a new perspective.
The proof is in the ratings. If you don't like it then turn it off! I think the show is great, however if I didn't agree w/ it I would change the channel. No one is forcing you to watch.
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Stereotypes aren't the bad part; it's the lazy writing that disappoints.
I think a certain level of stereotyping is always going to be expected. A 30 minute sitcom isn't a medium which really lends itself to profound character study. Still, as a Korean-American, what's bothersome is that there just aren't many portrayals of asian-americans at all on tv, so one reoccurring character on a mainstream television show will actually have a far greater impact on perceptions than for another race, religion or gender. True, it's not the end of the world, but it is disappointing that more nuance and originality hasn't been evident in the character up to this point. Billy-burg brooklyn is incredibly diverse with Asian-Americans from all walks of life. I just wish that the writers could've taken more care, time, effort and originality to capture this fact.
Amen- well said. There's always gray areas that need to be explained.
Watch Walking Dead.
I'm sorry the writing disappoints you, Ken... this is a COMEDY show. It may be a good one, it may be a bad one. Either way, it is not a sociological study of the Korean-American culture.
BTW, as a white person, I often feel misrepresented by the media. It's not racism! We all try to make sense of clear and real cultural differences and find our common humanity in the process.
People, puh-leaze do not search for accurate definitions in popular media. You will only end up disappointed... like Ken.
Thanks for your thoughts Ken. I agree with what you're saying. It isn't that we can't have and laugh at stereotypes, but if it's the only thing we have that's being shown on TV, that's a problem. There are 2 types of Asians typically show, the FOB (Fresh Off the Boat) and the uber brain from the strict "tiger mother" family. Most Asians I know don't fit either one of those. I know, as a naturalized American from Korea, I sure don't.
Let's have fun and laugh at ourselves but make sure we're doing it out of place of respect and compassion– not derision, malice and social conceit.
Blame the writers of the show.
Very liberal show, so should expect this level of racism from the far left party of hate.
To paraphrase Chelsea Handler. Stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason...they are based in common truth. Stereotyping is NOT racism. Stereotypes are funny, racism is not.
I'm wondering HOW do one determine that it is a LIBERAL show.... Oh I know... they have a black person in the cast.. YOU ARE STUPID... That's why RACISM still exists.
Liberal? Interesting how you made a television show about minorities Liberal. Lets see...immigrant cook (minority), diner owner (minority), black guy at bar (minority), 2 single women living on their own and struggling to get by (minorities)....is that the best you have? No WHITE MEN holding a significant role in the entire show...therefore it MUST be a Liberal show?!
Get over yourself. Not everything in the U.S.A. has to be about Republicans and Democrats. When will you two groups of people get over yourselves and let the rest of us live in peace?!!
We need a legitimate third party just to shut up all of these Liberals AND Conservatives. Just for once, I want to be able to laugh at a funny show and not have someone pea in my cheerios!!!!
Cupcake anyone? 😉
I can only assume the person who brought this up doesn't live in the same world as the rest of us?
You could say this about every comedy. Can you tell me ONE which doesn't stereotype men, women, religions? Can you 'spot the Jew jokes' in the Big Bang Theory, for example!?
Am I the only one who thinks this article is the joke?
It's a silly show, but I don't see anything mean about it. Right now humor is the best thing we have going. Get over it.
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A wookiie's not an animal? So what is it then, a vegetable?
Someone get this big walking carrot out of my way!
You know why stereotypes become stereotypes...............?? Because they are true (for the most part) thats also why cliches are cliches.....sorry its just the way history has unfolded.
Thank you for saying what I was thinking. People fall into stereotypes...that's why there's stereotypes. So, does that mean entertainment should only allow those characters that don't fall into stereotypes to be PC? Just stupid. This idiotic critics need to stop taking things so seriously and learn to see humor rather than some unPC message that isn't there.
well stated. very, very well stated. they aren't good or bad-they just 'are.' Love it.
I am entertained by 2BG.
I loved the animal sound project ! Shows things can be funny and nice too.
YES! I actually laughed out loud and not lol.
Thanks! I originally did it to annoy people...but then it turned out to just make me smile. Glad it did for you too~ 🙂
They should have had Long Duck Dong play the part. Ruts happering hot stuff
Squeak squeak squeak~
Hoo hoo hoo~
White people love Asians,because the love them they are the least threatening of all minorities.So riten up Wyn
To the extent an Asian stereotype exists in this country, it's that they exemplify everything RIGHT about America – a good work ethic, studiousness, wholesome ambition to succeed, and respect for parents. Honestly, I'd have been worried about stereotyping in "Two White Girls" if the cafe owner had been a monkish, upright, painfully morally correct exemplar of a man.
Quack Quack Quack~
Caw caw caw~
Gobble gobble Gobble~
My Animal Sound Project: "Ur doin in rong"~
I guess non of these critics ever saw, All in The family, The jeffersons, Good times, Chico and the man, those shows were full of stereotypes. But back then we knew how to laugh at the world... now can't say this, can't say that.... might offend someone.... might be non PC.
Finally an intelligent response. Good job.
Amen! Very intelligent response. This show is a COMEDY, people! Change the channel if you are offended. Let's just replace all actors with robots speaking the same tone, tempo and pitch. And as to the person, above, cracking on @Please (ric) for claiming "white people runt he television shows," quite presumptious and stereotyopical of you.
Bring back those old shows. Hey-WKRP? Where's Loni Anderson showing the way seccretaries should be.
(By the way, All in the Family is shown every evening and man oh man it just goes to show how sensitive people are nowadays.)
well said RC!
Being politically correct means always having to say you're sorry - have to say the ALS "joke" is in bad taste tho – my brother in law has it and trust me, it is a horrible disease that is certainly no laughing matter – and I know that's personal to me but I also believe that "I have early onset Alzheimer's" jokes, etc. are also in bad taste – you wouldn't joke about someone dying from cancer would you?
Actually, I would make a joke about someone dying from cancer. Both my parents have cancer and I make jokes with them all the time. I realize that one of them probably won't ever go into remission, and instead of tiptoeing around the subject I'll make light of it sometimes. There's a time to be serious about those types of things but you can't be all "doom and gloom" about the situation. That'll just depress them even more.
Totally agree with RC/TheLazyComic/JonNewton/Edwin/EWagner635. It is a comedy. It is funny and we all need to get a grip. There are worse matters incorrect in the world than this show.
Don't like it?
Then do not watch it.
Pay attention to what a writer from NY Magazine comments on? Do not think so.
Amen @RC people are way too sensitive these days!!
I have to admit, I might make a joke about cancer too. After all, I do pick on my grandfather who had a pretty serious stroke about his speech and ability to get up and around. He's a really good sport about it and humor does seem to help. Haven't you read that laughter is the best medicine? No wonder American lifespans are shortening.
Thursday nights, all of those shows came on. You had All In The Family and Sanford and Son back to back. It was a lot more laid back.
You guys obviously didn't watch those shows and see the context in which the racial humor came into play.
Matthew Moy just plays the stereotypical Asian foreigner, there to be mocked, goofed on and laughed at by both the characters and audiences.
Shows such as The Jeffersons, All in the Family and Sanford and Son addressed racism and used comedy to make the messages go down easier. But they were still insightful shows, more the Jeffersons and All in the Family than Sanford and Son.
In no way does 2 Broke Girls have the same insight, intellect or purpose.
You guys all really need to take some courses in logic and history if you think that 2 Broke Girls is cut from the same cloth and has the same intentions.
Hiro's the only one who truly understands. Save us evil white people from ourselves, Hiro!
Well, the issue is that Norman Lear was able to get by with it because in every instance in every show of his, it was white people played buffoons, morons, pansies and thoughtless idiots. "Archie Bunker" was a cynical, Amos-and-Andy-esque portrayal of a blue-collar Irish Catholic... speaking of the last fashionable prejudice.
@Guinn: You have a great idea – a comedy about people dying of cancer. I am, and my friends and I joke about it quite a bit. One of my very best friends convulsed me with laughter by suggesting this for the inscription on my headstone –
"I TOLD you I was sick... "
...white people get made fun of for being white all the time on tv. Cry me a river, Korea.
"ethnic racial stereotypes to hurt people."
They are words. They don't hurt. Grow some thicker skin and get over yourself.
...the urge to use a bunch of racial slurs then laugh it off, just to prove that I can in fact do what you said I couldn't.
Did you even fully read the article? Did you see the critics who commented on this show??? Call me crazy, but Henry Hanks and Emily Nussbaum don't sound like Korean names to me...
Go "Please..." yourself
...stereotyping people by their names. Whose to say Henry Hanks and Emily Nussbaum aren't Korean?
Remember the good old days of Sanford and Sons, Jeffersons, All in the Family and Good Times? All stereotypes, all the time. And guess what? We all somehow made it out alive. Pathetic.
More reasons why Norman Lear could never make in today's market. Too many oversensitive, thin-skinned television viewers.
This show sucks and hopefully won't last long. The stereotype of a rich, thin, pretty blond isn't true here because that blondie aint pretty.
It isn't Koreans or other Asians as a group that get upset by this stuff. Most including my wife and kids get a kick out of it. It is the left wing PC bunch mostly white that are insulted as usual,
Awww, us poor widdle white people get called all kinds of stereotypical things...like smart...and rich...and well-spoken. It's just not faaaaaaair!"
Spare me. Your stereotypes never keep you out of a job or the country club.
What shows are you watching? Your comment can't be further from the truth.
Well said, Skegeeace.
Once again, to no surprise, all these white people come out of the woodworks, posting about something they know little next to nothing about: racism.
And basically they're all saying, "Well, hey, it doesn't affect me, or bother me, so everyone else should think and feel just like I do."
Talk about narcissistic fools.
And I've met enough of these ignorant, narcissistic whites to know that they're feverishly defending the racial status quo that still favors whites. They decry "affirmative action" because it helps minorities "unfairly," but they have no qualms about "white affirmative action" (i.e., the racist status quo that has existed in America since before its inception). They tell minorities that they should only be allowed into colleges based on academics, but then when Asians start doing very well in academics and earning spots at universities, whites all of a sudden want to limit the number of Asians at schools (they mockingly and backhandedly praise Asians) because "they're taking OUR spots," meaning white people's spots.
Now, now, underperforming white students, start doing better at academics and maybe you'll get in. Don't go crying to the chancellor and the politicians to save "your spot" just because you're white.
@ Hiro – it's so funny that you can't whine about racism without making yourself look like a racist fool.
Hiro sounds pretty bitter today. But don't forget, ranting about whites isn't racism! It's only racism when you hate someone who ISN'T white. Or so the internet has taught me.
Poor Hiro, television shows hurt his little feelings and he's too stupid to just change the channel. Fortunately there is no right not to be offended. If you don't like what someone has to say you can whine and cry like a pathetic little baby or you can act like a mature adult and WALK AWAY. Or in this case, change the channel. If something offends you and you stick around to be further offended, you are an idiot.
@Hiro kinda sounds like your stereotyping as we speak.By you saying I've met enough of those white people.Well I've grown up around Koreans all my life.I live in one of the most heavily populated places in America for Koreans and one of my best friends is from Korea and we laugh at this show and how to the point it is.He's been here for 18 years and still speaks funny when pronouncing certain words.Stop being such a panzy.
WHAT ethnic stereotypes about Koreans? I am personally unaware of ANY Korean who has a problem with getting ladies. I sure was left off the distribution list when the memo went out telling us what we're not supposed to think all Koreans do. I read this article and read it, and read it again, and couldn't find anything but people projecting their own very weird feelings about Korean men on the writers of that show. Now if it had been a Serbian cafe owner raping Bosnian waitresses in the freezer and making their kids watch, I could understand the concern. But come ON...
LOL @ bok bok bok : )
On the next episode Garrett Morris is going to be drinking some Kool Aid when a dog chases him towards a swimming pool and he has to he saved by the girls after he jumps in and can't swim.
Now THAT'S funny!
None of you are not even worthy to kiss his feet!
Are you sure they won;t throw him a watermelon to use as a flotation device?
Does he have fried chicken and watermelon after gettting out of the swimming pool, and then light up a crack pipe?
As usual racist comments coming from a bunch of low life cowards. You all have a good day, OK?
well its going to have to be grape kool aid!
It isn't Kool-Aid!!! It's red drink. or grape drink!!!
I heard it was going to be Eddie Murphy reprising his deathless role as Buhwheat... speaking of things that would make this commentator go "Ewwwww.... "
who really cares this show sux and wont last
Guess you will be disappointed then because it's coasting to renewal right now by beating How I met Your Mother each week.
so what? how i met your mother also is not too good.
Guess you don't know good humor when you see it. 2 Broke Gilrls and How I Met Your Mother are 2 of the funniest shows on TV.
Yea if you can't afford cable
The show is pretty darned funny! Leave it alone already.
NO, sitcoms are horrible and should have died in the 80s.
You're missing the boat. Millions love it. And I don't care who you are, we all use racial stereotypes. ALL OF US. Get over it.
We'll know when racism is dead in this country – when salad tongs are no longer needed to pull the underwear of news commentators out from where their heads go when a someone of a color other than light beige portrays an unsympathetic character on television. I saw the premier episode of "Two Broke Girls" and while I found it unduly predictable, I didn't think the cafe owner reinforced any unfavorable stereotypes about Koreans. Then again, I don't hold any such prejudices against them – I think the commentator was projecting some internal feelings about Asians on the show's writers, myself.
You're assuming whether a show sucks has ANYTHING to do with how long it lasts. American Idol has no prospect of going off the air. Neither does the Late Show with David Letterman.
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