ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat — which has taken off after a promising, if inconsistent first season — is based on a best-selling memoir by Eddie Huang. Who doesn’t watch the show. Back in April, the chef tweeted: “I’m happy people of color are able to see a reflection of themselves through #FreshOffTheBoat on @ABCNetwork but I don’t recognize it… I had to say something because I stood by the pilot. After that it got so far from the truth that I don’t recognize my own life… I don’t think it is helping us to perpetuate an artificial representation of Asian American lives and we should address it.”
Huang still doesn’t have a season pass on his DVR, but he’s come to appreciate Fresh Off the Boat‘s cultural importance. “It’s done a lot not just for Asian-Americans, but people of color in America,” he told TV Insider, “It started a very important conversation. It’s been very productive for culture. That’s what I’m most proud of.” Huang said he can’t be proud of the show because he doesn’t watch it, but he should be, if only because it gave Randall Park and especially Constance Wu a weekly platform to be hilarious.
Everyone involved in that scene should be very proud.
(Via TV Insider)