The group was referring to the pilot episode of “Dads,” which screened at Fox’s Television Critics Association panel earlier this month and featured one character (Martin Mull) calling Asians “Orientals” before telling his son he didn’t trust the Chinese, that “there’s a reason Shanghai’s a verb.”
“Our community can’t continue to be the target of racially insensitive jokes,” MANAA wrote in the letter. “Considering the consistent feedback from our community and television critics in general–and the creators saying they hadn’t properly defined their characters nor gotten used to their actors when they shot that first episode–this sounds like a no-brainer.”
Fox chairman Kevin Reilly acknowledged during his exec session the derogatory nature of the “Dads” pilot, and how the show will need retooling and recalibrating in order to find an appropriate comedic balance.
“We don’t want this to be the racial, insult comedy show,” Scully remarked. “It’s a show about fathers and sons.”
“This is an opportunity for characters to have that discussion in the way most people can’t,” star Seth Green added.
“If you wanna feel better about this earthquake in Japan, google ‘Pearl Harbor death toll’,” he tweeted.
The org responded: “Given the level of hostility we felt in the “Dads” pilot, perhaps it should come as no surprise that Sulkin’s involved.”
“Dads,” starring Seth Green and Giovani Ribisi, debuts this fall on Fox.