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Racial Stereotypes Can Be Funny – Slate

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A look at Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and how its most offensive moments are the ones where it isn’t confident enough to take refuge in audacity.

Before I binge-watched Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, I was very aware of the criticisms swirling around Tina Fey’s new show: about race, gender, and the politics of being an Asian dude who’s into redheads. I came into it having read this, and this, and this, prepared to have thoughts about whether the elements of Jacqueline’s Native American parents were offensive. I knew that as an Asian man married to a white woman I am contractually obligated to have thoughts about the character of Dong, Kimmy’s Asian suitor. My verdict? They weren’t offensive enough.

In general, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was awesome. It’s everything I loved about 30 Rock, with an added dose of something totally unexpected with Ellie Kemper’s performance as the titular 13-going-on-30 ’90s refugee.

(Read the entire article at Slate)