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1. In Breakfast at Tiffany’s, when Mickey Rooney, a white man, played Mr. Yunioshi, an incredibly racist caricature of an Asian man.

“This movie has aged like an apple left out in the fruit bowl. Even if it looks fine on the outside, it’s rotten inside, and the flies are buzzing at it.”

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2. In That ’70s Show, when no one could pronounce Fez’s real name, so they just called him “Fez,” which was short for “foreign exchange student.”

“He was basically a walking racist punchline who was associated with being a predator. He was also constantly made fun of for his accent and for potentially being deported. How messed up is that?!”

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3. In Sixteen Candles, when a literal gong sound was played every single time the Asian character Long Duk Dong appeared on screen.

“Everything about his character in that movie was racist, stereotypical, and problematic.”

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4. In Friends, when Monica got braids in Barbados and the other characters reacted in disgust.

“As a person of color who wears their hair in a similar style, what really jarred me were her friends’ horrified and hysterical reactions to the braids — from Phoebe’s utter mirth to Chandler’s expression and sound of horror. Friends made my normal hairstyle a laughingstock.”

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5. In Modern Family, when they continuously made stereotypical jokes about drugs, illegal immigrants, and even sex workers because Gloria was Colombian.

“I had to stop watching Modern Family because of the way they portrayed Gloria. They always talked about Latinos being criminals, drug dealers, or sex workers. There was even an episode where Gloria’s family visited, and they ended up stealing their stuff. If that isn’t tone-deaf, I don’t know what is.”

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6. In Desperate Housewives, when Susan didn’t like a diagnosis from her gynecologist, so she insulted the credentials of all medical professionals from the Philippines.

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7. In The Aristocats, when they had a Siamese cat play the piano with chopsticks, shouting “fortune cookie always wrong.”

8. In Glee, when Mr. Schue said this??????

“How was this line written and put on the air? Honesty, Mr. Schuester should have had a million lawsuits against him by the time the show ended.”

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9. In A Christmas Story, when the waiters at the Chinese restaurant sang “Deck the Halls” with stereotypical mispronunciations.

“I cringe every time this scene comes on.”

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10. In America’s Next Top Model, when there was a “race-swapping” photo shoot and all the models had to portray a race other than their own.

“They even had their skin painted. I still cringe just thinking about it.”

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11. In Dumbo, when the black men sang “Grab that rope, you hairy ape” during the “Song of the Roustabouts” montage.

12. In The Simpsons, when Apu had an arranged marriage to Manjula, and there were dozens of racist and stereotypical moments.

“The entire episode with Apu’s wedding to Manjula was especially tone-deaf. The blatant racism in that episode toward South Asians was disgusting. They personified every negative stereotype about us.”

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13. In Aloha, when they whitewashed the main character (someone of Chinese and Hawaiian descent) by casting Emma Stone in the role.

“The character’s name was Allison Ng, and she was meant to be a quarter Chinese and a quarter Hawaiian descent.”

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14. In The Jungle Book, when King Louie, an ape, sang a jazz song about wanting to be a real man because he wasn’t satisfied with himself.

Disney originally wanted Louis Armstrong to voice the character, but they ultimately went with a white singer (Louis Prima) to avoid extra backlash.

“I loved the movie and song as a kid, but then I watched it as an adult for nostalgia. I ended up being absolutely horrified by the amount of anti-Black racism there was.”

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15. In Sex and the City, when Carrie was disgusted at the engagement ring because it had a gold band, and gold only looked good on her “ghetto” jewelry.

“There were a lot of moments with a lack of representation (including all of Season 4, which somehow didn’t include a single person of color). Let’s also not forget the notorious episode when Samantha dated Chivon, a black man, and she stereotyped her outfits as ‘hip-hop.’ To make matters worse, Chivon’s sister was first portrayed as a successful, friendly chef, only to become a stereotypically angry black woman.”

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16. In West Side Story, when Natalie Wood and George Chakiris were both put in brownface to portray Puerto Ricans.

Rita Moreno, who’s actually Puerto Rican, was even covered in the same brown makeup while filming, which she never understood: “I remember saying to the makeup man one day ― because it was like putting mud on my face, it was really dark, and I’m a fairly fair Hispanic ― ‘My God! Why do we all have to be the same color? Puerto Ricans are French and Spanish.’ And it’s true, we are very many different colors.” The makeup man responded with, “What? Are you racist?” Moreno was so stunned that she couldn’t even respond.

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17. And in Glee, when Mercedes said they should sing more songs by Black artists, and Rachel responded by saying, “It’s glee club, not krunk club.”

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