America’s Next Top Model actually had a “race-swapping” photo shoot challenge.
We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the times TV and movies were really insensitive about race. Here are the wild and unacceptable results, which will hopefully serve as a teaching moment.
In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, when Mickey Rooney, a white man, played Mr. Yunioshi, an incredibly racist caricature of an Asian man.
In That ’70s Show, when no one could pronounce Fez’s real name, so they just called him “Fez,” which was short for “foreign exchange student.”
In Sixteen Candles, when a literal gong sound was played every single time the Asian character Long Duk Dong appeared on screen.
In Friends, when Monica got braids in Barbados and the other characters reacted in disgust.
In Modern Family, when they continuously made stereotypical jokes about drugs, illegal immigrants, and even sex workers because Gloria was Colombian.
In Desperate Housewives, when Susan didn’t like a diagnosis from her gynecologist, so she insulted the credentials of all medical professionals from the Philippines.
In The Aristocats, when they had a Siamese cat play the piano with chopsticks, shouting “fortune cookie always wrong.”
In Glee, when Mr. Schue said this??????
In A Christmas Story, when the waiters at the Chinese restaurant sang “Deck the Halls” with stereotypical mispronunciations.
In America’s Next Top Model, when there was a “race-swapping” photo shoot and all the models had to portray a race other than their own.
In Dumbo, when the black men sang “Grab that rope, you hairy ape” during the “Song of the Roustabouts” montage.
In The Simpsons, when Apu had an arranged marriage to Manjula, and there were dozens of racist and stereotypical moments.
In Aloha, when they whitewashed the main character (someone of Chinese and Hawaiian descent) by casting Emma Stone in the role.
In The Jungle Book, when King Louie, an ape, sang a jazz song about wanting to be a real man because he wasn’t satisfied with himself.
In Sex and the City, when Carrie was disgusted at the engagement ring because it had a gold band, and gold only looked good on her “ghetto” jewelry.
In West Side Story, when Natalie Wood and George Chakiris were both put in brownface to portray Puerto Ricans.
And in Glee, when Mercedes said they should sing more songs by Black artists, and Rachel responded by saying, “It’s glee club, not krunk club.”
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