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Sigh, alright, here goes, from the Huffington Post (archived link because don't give Huffpo page views, you wouldn't feed a bear would you? So why are you giving page views to HuffPo?)
I can't tell if this documentary is satire or not (there are a lot of comedians behind it) but if it is serious (and the HuffPo believes it is) it is beyond retarded to go after such a beloved character who represents a hard working, industrious, married man with a family who has his flaws in life, but loves his country. As a guy of Indian heritage myself, I never understood the "I want to see people who look like me" point, I grew up just fine and no one in popular culture looked like me, and I didn't have a problem with it. When I was a kid, I liked to watch the Dukes of Hazzard (no one in Hazzard County looks like me), MacGyver, way, way, way too much Star Trek, play vidya and read comics, lots and lots of comics. If I put my stock in representationalism, I wouldn't have liked any of those things. HuffPo also used representation when they posted an article about a little girl who met Gal Gadot at Comic-Con this last weekend: I don't really understand why a woman super-hero would be important, there seem to be superheroes from every other culture on earth in mainstream comics except for Asian Indian People. I have always been a big Star Trek fan, and there have been officers on the various shows from every culture on earth, but there has never been a Star Fleet officer of Indian Birth, despite the fact that 1 out of every 7 people on the planet (roughly) comes from that background. It never bothered me, I just liked Star Trek, and even the one Indian guy we got (Khan) was played by a Mexican actor.
You want to know what's almost worse? The representation we do get is trash. Kal Penn is the star of tons of stoner, college raunch movies that are frankly embarrassing to watch. Kal Penn is a joke, literally, and nothing he's ever done has a shred of artistic integrity. Mindy Caitling is not funny or entertaining, and the views of her own brother ("she's a whore, plain and simple") is how a lot of Indian people I know view her. They're embarrassed by her.
None of that really bothers me, and I don't see why you would make moves to reign in a fictional character who is at least a representation of Indian people that is good and decent and not go after the real Indian people in Hollywood who have issues. Nobody wants to take Kal Penn aside for a moment and tell him "dude, every time you make a Harold and Kumar movie, you make it that much harder on all the rest of us." Which he doesn't (that is, make it harder on the rest of us) because that is just identity politics talking.
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