Despite the Media Action Network for Asian Americans’ request to re-shoot the controversial pilot for Seth MacFarlane‘s Dads, Fox has refused to comply with their request. The pilot has come under fire over content that the group claims to promotes “racial and sexual stereotypes.” In one particular scene, two men – played by Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi – get a female Asian character played by former Disney Channel star Brenda Song to dress up in a provocative school girl outfit and giggle flirtatiously to satisfy Chinese businessmen. In other scenes, Martin Mull Mull’s character calls Asians “Orientals” and jokes about drug use when referring to the city of Shanghai.
In response to the group’s disdain, Fox entertainment chairman Kevil Reilly and COO Joe Earley wrote a letter to defend the show’s sense of humor. “You will see that Brenda Song’s character is a strong, intelligent, empowered young woman who basically runs the company, and who almost always gets the upper hand on the guys,” wrote Reilly and Earley. “This is a show that will be evocative and will poke fun at stereotypes and bigotries — sometimes through over-the-top, ridiculous situations.” ~Alfonso Espina