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Creator of Breakout Hit Sitcom Answers Charges of Racism

Jan 12, 2012  •  Post A Comment

In a heated exchange with critics Wednesday, the creator of one of the breakout shows of the 2011-12 season defended the series against charges of racism, reports EW.com’s Inside TV blog.

"2 Broke Girls" creator Michael Patrick King got into what the story calls a "riveting verbal brawl" during the Television Critics Association press tour. The freshman CBS sitcom has been criticized for its depiction of an Asian character named Han and an African-American character named Earl, the story says.

Han has been the focus of jokes such as, "You can’t tell an Asian he made a mistake, he’ll go in the back and throw himself on a sword," the piece notes.

Asked whether King wishes he had written Han differently, King responded, “I like his character. I like the fact he’s an immigrant. I like that he’s trying to fit into America. I like the fact in the last three episodes we haven’t made an Asian joke, we’ve only made short jokes."

After a reporter asked whether that means the show won’t return to Asian stereotypes, King exclaimed, "I’m gay! I’m putting in gay stereotypes every week. I don’t find any of it offensive, any of it. I find it comic to take everybody down," according to the story.

King also said: “The big story about race on our show is that so many are represented. The cast is not only multi‑ethnic, including the regulars and the guest stars, but it’s also incredibly not ageist. We represent what New York used to be and what is currently very much still alive in Williamsburg, which is a melting pot.”

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