Is anyone else bothered by the trailers for NBC's Outsourced ?

Raise your hand if, like me, you're already dreading NBC's Outsourced. Trailers for the new sitcom—which was announced during the Upfronts in May and premieres in the network's Thursday-night comedy lineup this fall—have been airing in heavy rotation this summer, and if they've got you squirming on your sofa, you're not alone. The show is pretty racist.

NBC has made plenty of boneheaded decisions in the past, but I still never expected them to stoop this low. The network has basically pigeonholed a bunch of possibly talented actors into a stale "Indian nerd" stereotype, by attempting to squeeze laughs out of ignorant jabs at Indian culture. The show's white main character, Todd Dempsy (Ben Rappaport) is the primary deliverer of these jabs, which he gets to dish out without receiving any in return. And, from the looks of the preview, he scores with the only other white girl in the cast.

Political correctness aside, haven't we already exhausted the whole jokes-about-Indian-people thing? They (the jokes, I mean) may have been mildly funny once, but they certainly aren't now. Indian-Canadian comedian Russell Peters hit the nail on the head when he pointed out during his standup routine that "Indian people are fully aware of what their accent sounds like" and scolded, "Don't think for one minute that we don't know that you're mocking us when we're not around."



Peters has it right. In his comedy, everyone is target—but on Outsourced, the only joke about white people consists of an Indian guy doing an impression of someone from the American South. And suddenly, we're back in "Indian nerd with funny accent" territory.

It's not that racist humor doesn't already exist on TV. Many current shows that pre-date Outsourced get away with it all the time—and, ironically, NBC airs two of the big ones. The Office's humor originated in Michael Scott's (Steve Carell) unintentional, ignorant, and insulting comments about the gender, age, and race of his employees. Community regularly pokes fun at each member of its diverse cast and in its first season made a running joke out of the line, "That's racist!" And over on FX, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia gets its laughs from the absurdly racist, sexist, and generally offensive actions of its main characters.

But all three shows get their laughs from culturally-ignorant buffoon characters—The Office's Michael, Community's Pierce (Chevy Chase), Sunny's Mac (Rob McElhenney)—rather than from the targets of the characters' jokes. in contrast, Outsourced gives me this sinking feeling that we're supposed to crack up watching an Indian girl bumble through Run DMC's "It's Tricky," or chuckle as a white guy complains about the spiciness of curry. Shame on you, NBC, for cheapening—hell, outsourcing—your own once-brilliant brand of comedy. Unless you re-vamp Outsource, I'm not tuning in.


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Stefanie is an prime example of one of the politically correct idiots who got this fantastic show cancelled. Yes is is a characterture of Indian culture and paints are cartoon picture of Indian culture. Yes they completely missrepresent religous and cultualnissues. But it is done with sensitivity, is not malicious and provides a rose-tinted view of India. That is exactly why it appeals so many of my Indian and Mauritian friends,they love this type of non-offensive escapism with or without stereo- types (you just have to see how popular 'mind your language' is in Asia). Have you ever seen a Bollywood movies, perhaps these should be banned to protect Indians fragile minds against such stereotyping. If you want to attack racism, you could start with Russell Peters, the most racist comedian since Bernard Manning. Just because he is Indian does not give him immunity against being racist (great character for Stefanie to quote and it does not give him the inside track of all thing related to India) You may want to discuss a different topic when you host your next dinner party with your trendy politically correct friends.
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It's just an American learning about Indian culture and Indians learning about American culture. Where's the racism there? Those who think that it's a racist show may be a little narrow-minded. Many Indians and Americans are fans already. Come on. Try going to Mumbai yourself, Americans and see how life goes there. Won't you feel curious about things there, too? Indians who went to America may have felt culture shock, too. CULTURE SHOCK, people! CULTURE SHOCK! Gosh. Check out definitions of Racism, too. And to the writer of this news article, this isn't news. News is an unbiased article. This is definitely biased. Please read definition of "news". This might be a little late but I am one of those fans hoping for a season 2.
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sooo... outsourced only started in South Africa a couple of weeks ago (drumroll for all the hard@$$es that are gonna say I am steroetyping Africa by making that public - find something more constructive then criticizing everyone else) anyway, I love the show. I'm Indian, African and work in a call centre. I have one black manager and one white one. so i'm pretty neutral and exposed. you guys need to stop looking for sh** to complain about. the show is funny and its worth the time on air. deal with it
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grateful for the cancellation of the most ridiculous, distasteful, and shameful show that america could ever come up with.



GOD BLESS YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS

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, and highly insulting comedy. Whether its poking fun at the sacred idols or exaggerating the potential stomach upset from consuming indian food or even using deep religious beliefs (episode about diwali) as a mock-foreplay, the whole concept of the show isnt appealing. Considering the fact that it was intended to be a continuation of a low budget movie of the same name, it appears as though the creators were simply just running out of ideas albeit their prestigious arts degrees from renowned universities like Northwestern. Perhaps, we must outsource "Outsourced" to more qualified and result-oriented candidates who actually know their culture and the best way to portray it. Hence, I am extremely happy and grateful for the cancellation of the most ridiculous, distasteful, and shameful show that america could ever come up with.



GOD BLESS YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS

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All of you who say that the show is not racist should immediately consult a physician to check for blindness, mental retardation or deafness. Clearly, the show is created by ignorant and arrogant americans who view their culture as the "ideal" and other cultures as irrational and absurd. The inherent racism in the show arises from the insignificant scenes that just dont fit the plot in any possible manner and embarassingly fail to even provide a comic relief. Indians, in reality, are in no way remotely similar to what they are being portrayed in this show. We too hate Monday mornings, mock at foreigners, have our own versions of sunday barbecues, and most importantly, date. Its a shame that all that this show has to offer is a self manifestation of an ignorant writer's personalized stereotyping of a beautiful culture that has existed for more than 4000 years. For all the wonders that this show could have brought, its a pity that all NBC can offer is a cheap, unpolished, and highly insu
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All of you who say that the show is not racist should immediately consult a physician to check for blindness, mental retardation or deafness. Clearly, the show is created by ignorant and arrogant americans who view their culture as the "ideal" and other cultures as irrational and absurd. The inherent racism in the show arises from the insignificant scenes that just dont fit the plot in any possible manner and embarassingly fail to even provide a comic relief. Indians, in reality, are in no way remotely similar to what they are being portrayed in this show. We too hate Monday mornings, mock at foreigners, have our own versions of sunday barbecues, and most importantly, date. Its a shame that all that this show has to offer is a self manifestation of an ignorant writer's personalized stereotyping of a beautiful culture that has existed for more than 4000 years. For all the wonders that this show could have brought, its a pity that all NBC can offer is a cheap, unpolished, and highly insu
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All of you who say that the show is not racist should immediately consult a physician to check for blindness, mental retardation or deafness. Clearly, the show is created by ignorant and arrogant americans who view their culture as the "ideal" and other cultures as irrational and absurd. The inherent racism in the show arises from the insignificant scenes that just dont fit the plot in any possible manner and embarassingly fail to even provide a comic relief. Indians, in reality, are in no way remotely similar to what they are being portrayed in this show. We too hate Monday mornings, mock at foreigners, have our own versions of sunday barbecues, and most importantly, date. Its a shame that all that this show has to offer is a self manifestation of an ignorant writer's personalized stereotyping of a beautiful culture that has existed for more than 4000 years. For all the wonders that this show could have brought, its a pity that all NBC can offer is a cheap, unpolished, and highly insu
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The show is not Racist. It simply points out the massive differences between the US and the Indian cultures. I have watched a few episodes and have not found any gross inacurracies in the way that Indian people are portrayed.
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I like the blonde
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I dont know what show the writer was watching but most of the stereotypical jokes are made at the expense of the Americans. While some of the Indian characters are goofy, its no different that goofy American characters we have watched since TV started. I find it a very amusing show. Sure its not very sophisticated, but it makes me laugh. As for the those who dont like it because Outsourcing has taken away jobs from Americans, its a TV show, it neither takes jobs away from American nor brings them back to America
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Most of you are crazy. Why cant anyone take a joke anymore? One of my good friends is from India and he thinks the show is f'n hilarious. Why is it so many liberal americans have lost their sense of humor? It's almost always some white american wanting to pretend they're culturally sensitive when in fact, theyre the one's being racist by not treating everyone equally. For God's sake, take things at face value at least some of the time.
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I agree to an extent, I miss programs of the ilk of 'Mind Your Language', now that was a classic example of equal opportunity piss taking in a tasteful way in an era when you would hardly expect it (70's/80's).

@ shelostcontrol On the subject of outsourcing what do you expect, the rich get richer because the people let them, you can decide to not watch this on a silent protest or just because of your disgust at an endemic problem in the US, namely the government is not controlled by the people but by those who benefit from starving their so called countrymen. Until people take control of their own government the everyday Joe/Jane will suffer because of legislation or lack of that is serving the few rich in power. The US has always been a polyarchy but the people have the power to make it a true democracy!
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no Stefanie I do not find it bothersome, rather it is amusing and educational as we get an insight to this culture that we would not normally get. E.g. the head bobbing.
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As an American who has had her job outsourced several times, and who has had several colleagues and friends lose work due to outsourcing, this show is extremely distasteful. Especially in light of the ongoing record unemployment in our country. I will not be watching the show.
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I'm Indian, and this is not offensive. And we haven't exhausted the whole jokes-about-Indian-people thing. If you think you know everything there is to know about Indians based on what Russel Peters has said, then you are highly mistaken.

I don't understand why there is so much controversy over this show. "Adults" complain when there is a show revolving around outsourcing, but you don't see kids crying when a show revolves around, or has bullying in it. You think bullying has no psychological effect on kids? No, seriously. Get over it. Take it for what it is: comedy. Kids know better than adults. If you don't think it's funny, then don't watch. And people say "but outsourcing isn't funny". Yeah neither is bullying. AND, nobody said outsourcing is funny. Stop bending the message of the show to fit the argument you all want to bring up. The comedy is in miscommunication, not in lost jobs.
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Wait... Everyone is blaming NBC because of idiotic decisions by corporate and political leaders? That's like blaming producers of CSI that they're insensitive because people who know people who've been killed would be upset to see it on TV. If you're upset about jobs being moved overseas, don't vote for people like Carly Fiorina who's running for sunset and was CEO when HP moved 18000 jobs overseas. Now, I have no idea if this show is good or not... I'm not going to hold my breath waiting to find out.
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This is wrong in so many dimensions. [Dimension 1] Yes Americans, Canadians, Brits have all lost jobs to Emerging Markets (India, Latin America, China) -- but who makes the decisions? Not Indians/Latino's or Brits...... It's the Leaders and Shareholders of these companies.......
[Dimension 2] It was like watching a train wreck - poor Actors, Accents and sets (even the sacred Cow had PRIME Grade A US Cow written all over it).
[Dimension 3] It only served to reinforce stereotypes

Irresponsible from every dimension.
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PETITION against "OUTSOURCED". Petition is found at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/ProtestOutsourced/
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It may be racist, but the most blatant offense is in thinking it is a funny issue that thousands of American jobs have been lost to outsourcing, placing Americans on the unemployment line and devastating our economy
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Although you can find humor in most situations this isn't one of them. To say that this is in poor taste is to drastically understate the case. Millions of jobs have been outsourced (given away) to stimulate the economies of third world countries. Well, we need to bring those jobs home to stimulate our own failing economy. Racism should not even be an issue here. Starting to get tired of every race, creed and color and nationality whining about political correctness. The concept of the program is offensive.
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So let me get this straight. It's okay for Indians to take away American jobs and provide horrific, unintelligible service at our financial call centers, but it's racist to make fun of them.
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I lost my job this year. It was outsourced to India. I am NOT laughing. Doesn't anyone care that jobs are being sent out of this country! This is NOT funny and is in extremely poor taste. I hope this show bombs.
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I am Indian and don't find this offensive to my. I dont know people think of the show as racist because when you are american its ok to laugh at other americans and it the same for Indians. Because we are Indian we like to laugh at ourselves every once in a while. I thought the trailers were quite funny.
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I couldn't even make it through the trailer. Its not offensive, its just not funny.
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there are a couple billion indians in the world, so i dont think they can claim minority status in the global village...are you saying we can't criticize American or British culture, now? I guess all comedies about human must now be canceled. Only pet humor allowed on network tv in the future.
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looks kind of funny but I can see how that could seem offensive. I'd have to watch an episode first to make my judgment. But the thing that threw me of was the jab at Indian turbans. Other than that I didn't sense that it was RACIST.
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I don't know I actually thought that was pretty funny even for NBC
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LOL looks kinda funny to me but im not indian so idk if this would be offensive or whatever. I will be tuning to see if its any good.
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Thumbs up for David Sylver!!!
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Being asian and actually working in a call-centre I find nothing in the Outsourced trailer offensive in the slightest. The show looks reasonably entertaining and little more than a humorous fish-out-of-water scenario. Saying the show is racist is just another tv.com attenion grabber saying more about the reviewer/hack than the actual show. A trend infamous on the site IGN although sadly seeping in here now. Whatever next; an article about the UK sitcom Eastenders slating it for portraying londoners in a cliched manner? Get a grip...
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Let's stop making assumptions so soon. Wait till midseason. Who knows? This might turn out to be NBC's next big hit (Although I'm not holding my breath).
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NBC has a history of being out of touch with the public. Here's one example...they 'picked up' Emeril, a sitcom based on the tv cook back in 2001. It was God awful. Which morons greenlit that?!?!? I work at a post production house in Hollywood and snuck a peek at Outsourced, the full pilot. Everyone who expects the worse, well, its all in there. Dumb, outdated, simplistic humor, at the expense of the indian culture. I also noticed something as well. I've got a pretty good Gaydar, and at least two of the main characters, the indian guys, are uber effeminate. Gay men with an accent must equal comedy gold for NBC. Heck, it worked on Frasier and Will and Grace with their in and out of the closet characters, without the accents. I will not tune in. I'm all for diversity, like the cast of Lost, Flash Forward, ER, and the new Hawaii 5-0, but this was based on a movie in like 2005. Have you been to India lately? I have. Now they are beginning to Outsource to poorer nations and are super hip and westernized. Heck, half of the population of India can get into Ivy league schools here in the US with their eyes closed. Get a clue NBC.
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Being an Indian living in India, I didnt really find it racist. But Honestly! Whats with the stereotyping of the accent?? I dont know why everyone assumes that all of India speaks the same way?? How come none of the TV Executives have ever come across an Indian with a different accent?? When will people grasp the fact that we are actually a country of more languages and mini cultures than any other! Infact there is more of a difference in the Southern Indian accent and Northern Indian accent (same goes for Eastern and Wstern Indian) than there probably is between a French and a British accent! Its really rather disappointing to see no effort by people outside to grasp this fact. Not all of stress our T's and roll our R's. Stop stereotyping please!
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I don't think it's racist. And I'm Asian. That's all I have to say.
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whether it's funny or not, it ticks me off that NBC is airing a show that constantly reminds people that we're in the middle of a horrible recession and greedy American companies are outsourcing much needed jobs...thanks NBC
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Could someone please explain why this is racist? Because most of the cast is not 'white'? Because they speak with an accent? (It's not a funny accent it's just an accent) Or maybe for some it is just shocking to see a cast with some cultural differences.

Well, hold tight for I have got some news : there is a whole world outside the USA. American culture is not the world standard.

I have been in India and believe me, it is a very different culture. And, like in the trailer, some of the people and situations are unwillingly funny. But differences is what makes us human.

Are fat Americans in tracksuits funny? Yes! Does the smile on my face makes me a 'racist'? No!

Please lighten up. Don't be so sensitive and accept differences.
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Let me clarify that this is not racist because of the accents or the culture clash jokes as much as because of the heavily colonial undertones of the white alpha dogs treating their Indian employees like pets. It's not racist because the indian girl is shy, it's racist because (if) the love interest turns out to be the blonde girl. It's not racist because the indian guys have a funny indian accent (ok, it is a bit) but because the plot of the episode is that they need to learn to be more American... only the American stereotypes they make fun of are heavily domestic pop culture references. America is not wars and junk food, God forbid, it's Beyonce and texan accents. You can make most of these jokes and not be racist. They just happen to be made in a racist way here. I mean, compare to Big Bang Theory, where they do pull a bunch of stereotyping Indian jokes but mellow them out by being more self-conscious and showing the character in a more independent, fleshed out way. It's still cringe inducing (had it been a token black character in Big Bang instead the show would be off the air right now), but at least the subtext is generally positive.
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I don't think it's racist, deliberate and ignorant maybe, but not racist. Anyway, it looks funny and I want to watch it to see what it's like. The Indian accent IS funny, but the rest of the promo looked funny too.
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seriously? grow up and don't watch it if you don't like it
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It's racist and even worse it's bad. I'm not a fan of politically correct but if you're going against the grain, you need to have a good reason and I'd feel better if the American character seemed to be treated like the Indian characters are. It's not the case and the writing and acting stink anyway.

First to go next season. You can bet your monthly salary on it.
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This is just wrong. It is a copy of the British show called Mumbai Calling. I think NBC has just given up on creating comedy shows after The Office.
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This is wrong. This show needs to go.
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Sounds like the author of this shouldn't look at comedys of the past. Might wind up freaking out that oh my goodness, there little feelngs get hurt. People need to grow a backbone and quit being offended at everything. No wonder nothing is funny now.
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Actually, I didn't really find much racism involved with this trailer. Personally, I didn't find the trailer to be funny outside of the girl who speaks in whisper. Personally, I think everyone needs to take a look at Patrice O'Neil's commentary on "funny" and "unfunny" when he was on Fox News. It's on youtube and he makes it clear that people need to calm down with all this "racist, sexist" garbage.
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I'm indian... and this show is based off the movie with the same name.. It was funny then.. itll be funny now... Also Russell Peters made his career making fun fun of asians in general... he is hilarious.. hes had many performances in India making fun of indians... we loved it... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outsourced
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I'm not convinced, they look quite well paid...
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uhh, not racism. sorry. pointing out differences in cultures is not racism.
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i understand it's summer season and there's less tv news around so i'm not surprised you guys have another senseless article and you haven't seen the final pilot yet and your here trashing this show that could turn out to be really good, this site is going downhill day per day with this one of a kind stupid commentaries and articles
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It seems the show is making Americans look pretty stupid, so laughs all around!
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