TV's Top 5 Racist Shows
2 Broke Girls, Glee, and WWE Wrestling indulge in stereotypes: Ian Forte
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2012 3:15 PM CDT
Kat Dennings, left, and Beth Behrs are shown in a scene from the comedy series "2 Broke Girls."   (AP photo)

(Newser) – Americans have come a long way since watching Benson seemed progressive and Archie Bunker was an amusing prime-time racist ... right? Not so, argues Ian Forte at Cracked. He lists five shows "that seem to not just exist in a vacuum, but revel in just how intolerant or ignorant of race they are":

  • American Gypsies: This National Geographic-produced “atrocity” aims to dispel myths about gypsies, but depicts them as fortune-tellers or hairy, brutish people who shout at each other over dinner.
  • Glee: Yes, the cast is multicultural, but all non-white characters are horribly stereotyped. “Hence the two Asian characters on the show have the same last name” and “the Jew's last name is Ben Israel," writes Forte. Not to mention that an Irish character is “believed to be a leprechaun.”
  • WWE Wrestling. No surprise here? True, but the devil’s in the details: Cryme Tyme was a black street gang, Japanese warrior Lord Tensai is played by a “a stocky white man,” and a Texan character sits at the Mexican border and “literally kicks a Mexican back into Mexico.”
  • 2 Broke Girls: The show's Asian waiter is such a stereotype that he “speaks like he just rolled out of the fortune cookie factory and is surprised to find a lack of bamboo in our crazy, Western world.” But don’t take Forte’s word for it: the New Yorker and Jezebel have both spotted racism on the show.
Click to read Forte’s take on America’s Hillbilly Renaissance.

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PeterTheodoropoulos
Aug 20, 2012 6:05 PM CDT
There are way more examples than those crappy show. B.E.T. Black shows only can't remember a White man on the show. The Huxtables if there ever was a White man on the show he was prototayed as an Idiot. Beauty pageant Blacks only. Hispanics same thing Hispanics only T.V. Beauty Pageant e.t.c. White only shows Fugetaboutit that would be Racist. American programing sucks.
AndrewyPadew
Aug 20, 2012 4:32 PM CDT
Sara responded I'm dazzled that you can get paid $5200 in four weeks on the network. have you look this(Click on menu Home)
HANKHILL
Aug 20, 2012 2:53 PM CDT
and we suck it right up! sickx999999999999999999999 99% of tv is PURE CRAP! I SOLD MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!