Fox have been asked to reshoot Seth MacFarlane’s new sitcom Dads after the Media Action Network for Asian American (MANAA) complained some scenes are racist.
The show – which stars Seth Green and Giovani Ribisi – is about two successful video game developers whose lives are unexpectedly changed when their fathers move in with them, and is set to air on Fox in the autumn.
But MANAA has complained about the pilot episode of the show in which one character, played by Martin Mull, calls Asians “Orientals” before telling his son he didn’t trust the Chinese, Variety reported.
MANAA stated: “Our community can’t continue to be the target of racially insensitive jokes. 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 has previously acknowledged the derogatory nature of the Dads pilot, and how the show will need tweaking to find the right balance between comedy and being offensive.
But executive producers Mike Scully and Wellesley Wild have defended the show.
“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.