reviewed: Office Ladies
Good...until Hollywood culture seeps in
I just finished the Benihana episode and I am now disappointed and a little put off by the show. Hopefully my question can be addressed in an upcoming episode. Let me start by saying that although the writing for Benihana and Michael’s encounter with the Asian American women may be a little touchy in today’s climate, it was the first time I saw this inappropriate and cringey behavior addressed on TV. I guess my question to you is why did you fail to mention the Asian American actresses and perform a deep dive on their lives? How come you didn’t reach out to them about their thoughts on this particular joke in the episode and how it felt to play out this scene? You guys do deep dives on people with less screen time or on things that don’t really matter but you failed to highlight these Asian American actresses. As an Asian American I didn’t need to hear from Jen celotta and her vague statement on what is appropriate today and how writers must learn these new boundaries , I needed to hear that American entertainment and society see and value an Asian face on screen. Instead, In this episode of the office ladies, you perpetuated the Benihana satire of Asian Americans and made these ladies seem obscure, foreign and not worth recognizing. I know this is just one voice, mine. But I hoped to mention it to you because I know your voice will impact so many people like me.
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