Indo-Americans are upset over stereotyping their community in upcoming Jason Bateman comedy "Bad Words". Referring to Red Band trailer of the movie, distinguished Indo-American statesman 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.