'2 Broke Girls' Asian Casting Call Asks For Stereotypical Tech Geek

Comments (0)


Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 1:32 PM
click to enlarge The legacy of Long Duk Dong. - UNIVERSAL
  • Universal
  • The legacy of Long Duk Dong.

Hollywood has ushered in a new era of stereotypes this year. Only days after ABC canceled the horrific show Work It about two guys who dress up as girls to get work, CBS is being called out for a casting call that recalls a Hollywood notion of an Asian American man.

Ah yes, it's not just any Asian guy the producers of 2 Broke Girls are looking for, but a "hot Asian guy" who -- of course! -- "is the web designer for the girls' cupcake site."

He's a computer geek? Imaginative. The upshot of all this is that ...

... the addition of said new hot guy might actually be some sort of mea culpa / consolation prize after the show was ripped for its Asian character Han, a geeky diner owner whose "broken English," says the Hollywood Reporter ...

... played like some sorry minstrel show ...

Ah, but Asian Americans should be pleased. This isn't just any Asian geek stereotype. He's hot! You see, Hollywood's going against the grain here. Asian guys aren't supposed to be hot (sorry, Daniel Dae Kim).

(This is postmodern colonialism at work: Covet thy women, clown your men).

Yeah. The blogger Angry Asian Man quickly called bullshit:

... Does one studly Asian dude's guest starring role really make up for Han, the second coming of Long Duk Dong? Um, no.

Will Hollywood ever learn? Not as long as it doesn't care about behind-the-scenes diversity. Not as long as the makeup of the Hollywood trade press is 95 percent white (just guessing here, but feel free to challenge us on that).

Hopefully some studio titan will take his gaze off SOPA for a second to consider that these kinds of black eyes can be avoided when you have a diverse workforce.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

Related Content

Now Trending

Los Angeles Concert Tickets


  • 21st Annual Classic Cars "Cruise Night" in Glendale
    On Saturday, spectators of all ages were out in multitudes on a beautiful summer night in Glendale to celebrate the 21st annual Cruise Night. Brand Boulevard, one of the main streets through downtown Glendale, was closed to traffic and lined with over 250 classic, pre-1979 cars. There was plenty of food to be had and many of the businesses on Brand stayed open late for the festivities The evening ended with fireworks and a 50th anniversary concert from The Kingsmen, who performed their ultimate party hit, "Louie, Louie." All photos by Jared Cowan.
  • The World Cup Celebrated And Mourned By Angelenos
    The World Cup has taken Los Angeles by storm. With viewings beginning at 9 a.m., soccer fans have congregated at some of the best bars in the city including The Village Idiot, Goal, The Parlour on Melrose, Big Wang's and more. Whether they're cheering for their native country, favorite players or mourning the USA's loss, Angelenos have paid close attention to the Cup, showing that soccer is becoming more than a fad. All photos by Daniel Kohn.
  • La Brea Tar Pits "Pit 91" Re-Opening
    Starting June 28th, The Page Museum once again proudly unveils the museum's Observation Pit, which originally opened in 1952 but has spent most of the last half century closed. Now visitors can get an up-close look at Pit 91, which is currently under excavation. The La Brea Tar Pits, home of the Page Museum, is one of the world's most famous ice age fossil locations, known for range of fossils from saber-toothed cats and mammoths to microscopic plants, seeds and insects. The new "Excavator Tour" is free with museum admission if purchased online at tarpits.org . All photos by Nanette Gonzales.