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"Drunken Indians?"

Posted 03-14-2013 at 06:09 PM by RestlessN8iv
(Originally posted 3-02-13 RestlessN8iv)

As some of you may be aware, a "joke" was recently made on the CBS network that has many American Indians outraged. Before we get into that, let me point out that I have forgiven CBS for a lot.


The Mentalist - (Isn't that basically an unfunny, less interesting Psych?)


How I Met Your Mother - (the show tries to hard to reproduce the Seinfeldian ability to create new slang, and jargon. Seriously no one talks like this),


I even remained a fan of The Big Bang Theory despite all of the inaccuracies, and logical fallacies spouted out by their so-called "genius" characters. (in what world does the "x" in "x-men" refer to Charles Xavier's name, and not the X-gene that separates homo sapiens from homo sapiens-superior?)


But the latest transgression from CBS is, I'm afraid, a bit more dire than a mere lack of creativity, and piss-poor writing. This latest trespass comes from a recent episode of Mike and Molly the latest incarnation of the Honeymooners, (or the King of Queens, or Yes, Dear, or Rosanne, or any other sit-com featuring a heavy, blue collar couple). one character, allegedly uttered the phrase:


"Arizona? Why would I move to Arizona? It's nothing but a furnace full of drunk Indians."


Okay, First of all THAT is your Arizona joke? Really? Has the writing staff over at CBS been watching the news lately? The state recently passed a law that the cops can pull you over for being brown, and demand proof of citizenship. (if you speak with any sort of accent, that's a cavity search).


But seriously to refer to a place (that isn't my hometown of McColl SC) as "a furnace full of drunken Indians" is just poor tastes and a lame attempt a shock humor.


I haven't seen the show, but I can imagine Mike's mom is the folksy old racist who says offensive things for offensiveness' sake. I make this educated guess based on the fact that "entertainers" have used this sort of backdoor racism since Archie Bunker. It is also one of the most tired tropes used in television today.


That's the thing people. bigotry, be it the "women in refrigerators" of comics or casual racism in television, is just piss-poor writing. It's writing based on stereotypes, and stereotypes are rarely adequate building blocks for a believable, or interesting writing.

Natives are not the first group that the show has slammed. After further research I've learned Mike an Molly have also angered Asian, and LGBT groups with their humor.


Granted we can't police humor, or restrict an artist's creativity, I believe that. Be that as it may, I don't think it is unreasonable to demand certain writers take responsibility for their words. We have come to expect something of this nature from Daniel Tosh, the guys from South Park, or Family Guy but for a primetime sitcom? I think it's pretty tasteless.


I'm disappointed, and if this is the kind of "humor" sit-com writers are relying on these days, I invite them to go back on strike.
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I think you're totally right on this. That joke was a lame attempt to attract some kind of attention to an otherwise mediocre and boring show, and it was disgusting.

I'm right there with you on Psych, too. My son says that show always makes him laugh! Me too!
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