‘2 Broke Girls’ Comes Under Fire For Racist Jokes

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Popular TV show 2 Broke Girls has come under fire in Australia for making jokes about Aborigines.

During the season four episode, titled And the Fun Factory, a male character is shown chatting up an Australian woman online before explaining, “She’s part Aboriginal but has a great personality”, to a friend.

The joke was taken badly by many Australians, who took to the social networks to criticize it.

Such jokes are common to the show, which stars Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs.

In 2012, showrunner Michael Patrick King, who also directed Murphy Brown and Sex and the City, defended the show’s racially charged “humour” and the willingness to walk the line between offensive and funny.

“People pull away from something if it’s not in good taste. More and more people are leaning in to 2 Broke Girls,” King said.

“I feel no need to pull away from the brand of 2 Broke Girls which is ‘in-your-face girls.’ It is ballsy. It is right in your face, and hopefully funny.”

Wana

Wana

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  1. It does not say what country she is part Aboriginal, I am Aboriginal of Canada, I have never heard about the Australian Aboriginal are there many ? As we have very many in Canada as I am sure many other countries have, BUT as for part Aboriginal what does that mean ?

    1. Aboriginal refers to an indigenous person of a country or place i.e. the original inhabitants of a land before colonisation from outsiders. American Indians for example could called the aboriginal peoples of the Americas. The half aboriginal reference refers to someone that has part Australian aboriginal heritage possibly ancestry that is part European. The joke itself would have fallen pretty flat in Australia.

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