'Everyone needs to remember, this is a comedy,' so the actor says in defense of the Seth MacFarlane-executive produced show, which has a lot of ethnic jokes.
On the heels of "Dads" premiere on FOX, Seth Green spoke up against racism accusation that plagues the new comedy. In an "Ask Me Anything" forum on Reddit on Tuesday, September 17, he noticed that "there have been some groups who through their own cultural sensitivities feel that jokes that we're making are inappropriate for television."
However, the actor who plays one of the main characters, Eli, added, "I don't think any of those people have really seen the show as a whole and are solely focusing on singular jokes without considering them in the context of the entire show."
"The creators of the show are smart and clever, and we all grew up loving this kind of TV for being both a mirror to what we're all going through, and also provocative enough to ask questions about why we behave the way we do," Green continued writing.
"And everyone needs to remember, this is a comedy, it's not about making fun of people but it's about having fun with the situations these people get into."
Controversy surrounding "Dads" began when the pilot was screened to TV critics at the TCA summer panel. Some people took offense with the ethnic jokes, including one which saw an Asian-American woman asked by her bosses to dress as a "sexy Asian schoolgirl."
At that time, executive producer Scully said, "We don't want this to be the racial-insult comedy show," promising that there would be a "noticeable change in the tone and a [better] balance" after the first episode. Co-creator Alec Sulkin added, "We ideally want to keep it insulting and irreverent. If we missed the mark a few times in the pilot, we're aiming to hit it better in coming shows."
The show, also executive produced by Seth MacFarlane, premiered Tuesday, September 17. Despite the given explanation, some people found it racist. Entertainment Weekly's Darren Franich even called the show "a depressing portrait of the contemporary white American male."
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