Classes at Greendale Community College
Why don’t more people watch this show?
“You Know What Men are Like”
- Marzuki Alie, the country’s parliamentary speaker
I find BBT to be much more tolerable than Community because it’s typically less racist.
I don’t know, the little brown boy line in BBt was pretty fucked up.
Oh I definitely agree with you. Raj serves as the token Asian in the series, complete with the typical treatment given to this sort of auxillary PoC character.
As is usually done with male Asian characters, Raj is desexualized and emasculated for the comic relief of the audience. He’s completely inept at attracting (always white) women and can’t speak to them without being drunk (“selective mutism” as the show calls it). What’s unique about Raj’s construction is that the show actually does make it clear that he has sexual desires and he’s often expressing these desires to his friends. —But, not surprisingly, his “condition” ensures that he’s never a potential threat to the white men of the crew & that the show writers will never have to develop his character in any sort of substantive/meaningful way.
The one time he did get down with Penny, the storyline was merely used to desexualize/emasculate him even further. Not only was it stressed that Penny only hooked up with him because she was ~*toootaaaallly shitfaced*~, but there were multiple jokes made about how he didn’t even get to engage in vaginal intercourse with her because he jizzed on her hand as soon as she touched his penis (or something along those lines).
Furthermore, the Howard character is constantly making racist jokes about India(ns)/South East Asia(ns) and developing countries in general. This is supposed to be totes okay because Leonard and/or Raj are always there to say “That’s Racist Dude!!” Of course, the audience isn’t actually required to challenge Howards racist thinking because he always quips back with a basic assertion along the lines of, “Hey, it might be stereotypical & racist, but it’s true!”
Oh, and let’s not forget!!—The token Asian character wouldn’t be complete without a “FOB” accent!! I mean, what the fuck would be fun about having an Indian-American character who’s not a first generation immigrant!? It’s unimaginable that Raj could be funny in his own right without all his goofy mispronunciations and cultural faux pas, amirite!?
Aaaand another thing…(last one I swear)…Sheldon—a white American—is constantly lecturing Raj about Raj’s own damn country, culture, and religion!! WTF!?
I totally understand that BBT is problematic and racist in MAAAAANNNYYY ways. I just happen to think it’s less offensive & racist on a consistent basis than Community.
I just can’t deal with a SNAP-MY-FINGAZ-N-A-Z-FORMATION Sassy Black Woman(TM)* character PLUS several other PoC Tokens(TM) ALL OF WHOM serve little purpose other than to help further the development of the central white character(s). I just find it exhausting to watch & very un-fun.
*I absolutely abhor this trope
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