Recently I was talking to a friend about Aziz Ansari‘s Netflix show ‘Master of None’ and how refreshing it is to watch “someone” else address the whole lack of minority representation in TV/movies.
For those of you not in the know ‘Master of None’ is about a 32-year old Indian-American actor (Dev) who is attempting to make his way in life in New York City.
In episode 4 ‘Indians on TV’ Aziz touches on how Indians are depicted in movies/tv. Aziz first struggles with the stereotypes and only being up for roles where the Indian is a taxi cab driver, with an over the top accent. Then he and his buddy (fellow Indian-American) try out for a buddy show and are denied when the network doesn’t believe they can put on a show with 2 Indians.
As my friend pointed out, for years now it’s always Black people talking about the stereotypical roles of minorities in film/tv.
- Always have to be the thug?
- Always portrayed speaking in slang?
- Black women as sassy black friend
Now we hear the Indian perspective
- Why do Indians always have to be cab drivers, convenient store owners, and scientist?
- Why are Indians never depicted as love interest, especially men?
- Why are white actors hired to play Indians instead of just hiring Indian actors?
Overall checkout ‘Master of None’ good cast and good writing….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!