Archive for May 7, 2012

Ashton’s Brownface ad

I’m sure everyone’s heard about the Ashton Kutcher “brownface” ad now. Personally, I thought the whole ad sucked – poor script, direction, and just not funny – and not just the mocking Indians portion.

Basically, the reason people are offended isn’t just the context of this one ad, I think it’s been a build up over time to the point where Indians really needed to finally stand up and say ” We Indians are part of the mainstream now, stop depicting us as brown and always with an accent.” If you think I’m just exaggerating let me remind you that most Indian characters are constantly portrayed in American TV with the accent (ie think Raj in Big Bang, the Indian kid in that Disney show Jesse (obv faking an Indian accent), etc.).

Hassan’s points are dead on and it’s time Indians were integrated better into the world of TV and Film.

The time has come for the US (like the UK has done for a several years now) to just have Indians be like any other character in a show… depict us as you depict any other race – as having an ethnicity, but American accent – and not the token “haha your accent is funny” character. We Indians are over it.

TYT Network saying it’s not offensive:

Hassan’s vids:

Stop bullying.

Truly an inspirational story, but also a remind how disgusting our modern society has become.

We’ve become a society so corrupted by the quest to reach “perfection” in beauty, that we’re missing the fact that beauty isn’t just external. Beauty goes beyond just physical characteristics. We need to judge people based on their intelligence and ability, on their internal beauty, and not just the outside packaging. If you’re judgmental and always trying to pull others down, that is not a sign of beauty.

The fact that this girl was able to rise about such negativity is impressive and highly commendable. For those who don’t want to sit through the video, essentially while in high school she was labeled the world’s most “ugly” woman on Youtube. It’s sad and terrible that she had to endure such negativity at a young age, but instead of caving to such attempts to bring her down, she was able to rise above it all. This is true beauty.

It really bothers me that people have become so superficial these days. Personally, I think the most attractive feature in a person is their humility and intellect. Hopefully, more people will realize that the world will be better if we see the good in others.