Fox Digs In Its Heels on 'Dads' After Show Is Accused of Racial Insensitivity Deadline
Fox is standing firm on the controversial new sitcom "Dads" after the show was accused of racial insensitivity. Deadline.com reports that the network turned down a request by the Media Action Network for Asian Americans that the pilot be reshot.
Much of the attention has been focused on a particular scene, as we reported last week.
Deadline reports: "In the scene, business partners Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi have Brenda Song’s employee character dress up in sexy Asian Schoolgirl costume and giggle demurely to please Chinese businessmen."
The Deadline report adds: "Down the road, Fox execs promised the organization, 'You will see that Brenda Song’s character is a strong, intelligent, empowered young woman who basically runs the company, and who almost always gets the upper hand.' They also said the show, from Seth MacFarlane and team, 'is a show that will be evocative and will poke fun at stereotypes and bigotries -- sometimes through over-the-top, ridiculous situations,' adding, 'The series is based heavily on the executive producers’ own lives, and the relationships between the fathers and sons on "Dads" will continue to be the main driver of show’s comedic sensibility. Everyone involved with "Dads" is striving to create a series with humor that works on multiple levels and "earns" its audaciousness.'”