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Indo-Americans are upset over stereotyping their community in upcoming Jason Bateman comedy “Bad Words”.
Referring to Red Band trailer of the movie, Indo-American Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that addressing an Indo-American kid as “Hey Slumdog” and using the words “curry hole” for him smelled of xenophobia and racism.
Zed, who is Chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, stressed that Indo-Americans were for free speech as much anybody else if not more. But unnecessarily belittling a community with stereotyped remarks, even in a comedy, hurt the community. Filmmakers should be more responsible while handling race and faith related subjects, as cinema was a very powerful medium.
Moreover, talking to a young child that way was really inappropriate and disappointing, Rajan Zed argued.
Zed has urged the filmmaker to remove the words derogatory to Indo-American community in the movie and trailer and offer a formal apology.
Directed and starred by Golden Globe winner Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) and rated R (Restricted), “Bad Words” is scheduled for release in USA in March next.
As indicated at the beginning of the trailer, don’t watch this if you don’t want to hear crude and vulgar language… (ed.)