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Racebent Pretty Little Liar Emily Fields

Racebent Pretty Little Liar Emily Fields

Actress Shay Mitchell plays Emily Fields on the television series Pretty Little Liars. How has the series handled this new depiction of the character, who is now depicted as a character of color? “She doesn’t look anything like me. I think it says a lot. The girl-next-door isn’t just blond-haired and blue-eyed anymore.” – Shay Mitchell, on her character as described in the books &n...
Unoriginal Asian Stereotypes in “Two Broke Girls” pilot

Unoriginal Asian Stereotypes in “Two Broke Girls” pilot

Racebending.com was recently alerted to a very stereotypical, appalling casting call for a Korean immigrant character on a CBS sitcom pilot, Two Broke Girls. It’s from the mind of Michael Patrick King, whose previous contributions to entertainment media include Sex and the City 2‘s awkward magic carpet ride to Dubai. The character, “Rice Lee,” is portrayed as a stereotypic...
Groupon’s Superbowl “Tibet” Commercial

Groupon’s Superbowl “Tibet” Commercial

So much has been said about Groupon’s “Tibet” Superbowl commercial and the company’s backpedaling about it that I think most people are familiar with the controversy. To many folks, the ad trivialized the suffering currently experienced by the Tibetan people; human rights violations became fodder for a commercial punchline. What’s interesting to note is how far Grou...

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