Daily Notes on Literature, Pop Culture & Media, and Academia

Outsourced (sigh…)

Posted by litdaily on October 7, 2010

So far, there have been two episodes of Outsourced. The TV series has been reviewed all over the place, from mainstream media such as New York Times to small blogs.  Regardless of the site, it seems that critics don’t really know what to make of the show.  Is it funny? Is it offensive? Is it boring? Is it accurate? What is it???

I’m inclined to think that it’s all of these, all at once.  It’s definitely funny to see Parvesh Cheena dance to a Pussycat Dolls song. It’s offensive to see the Indian girl who can’t speak up to save her life (I’m trying to picture her calling for help). It’s also offensive that there are non-Indians playing “Indian” roles.  The head-bob scene last week was just boring.  And how accurate can the portrayal really be if the background setting looks like cardboard boxes designed like buildings or a small alley in Vegas with cobblestone walkways?

Like everyone else, I am waiting to be surprised.  I am still waiting to really laugh, and not uncomfortably.  Either way, I’ll give it one more shot tonight and see what happens.





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