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The Campaign To Save NBC's Outsourced Ignites Racial Debate

IMB_outsourced_nbc Having moved from a city where political correctness barely exists (Sydney) to one where it was invented (Washington DC) qualifies me as something of an expert. The idea of the importance of being politically correct is good in principle … because there are many things that people can unintentionally do to marginalize or demonstrate an ignorance for another culture or gender. Yet the downside of a culture where political correctness dominates conversations is that people are forced to demonstrate a fake indignity over certain things simply because they feel they are supposed to.

This week a campaign led by many South Asians and including people from many other cultures
has been leading the charge to save a comedy called Outsourced from being cancelled by NBC. It is about a call center based in India and the culturally shocking adventures of the one American who has been sent to India to manage it. Does the show make fun of India? Yes. Does it make fun of being American in India? Yes. As a result, there are many people who feel that the show is too politically incorrect.

The show is filmed in India and features a cast of nearly 100% actors of Indian origin. There was a time when if you asked anyone to name an Indian character on TV, the only name that would come up was Apu from The Simpsons. Recently there have been an influx of Indian actors in leading roles on Parks & Recreation, The Office, Scrubs, House, Heroes, Lost, ER and many more. A film set in India featuring an Indian story even won the Best Picture Academy Award in 2008.

So a show like Outsourced was perhaps inevitable as the next evolution – using an all Indian cast and putting a contentious social issue like outsourcing and the tension it causes between cultures front and center. The show is a comedy about the real life challenges of communicating across cultures – and that is the subject line for many of the episodes. As our world gets more global, this is a subject that we need to talk about and one that we need to laugh together about.

Outsourced is not politically incorrect toward Indians, it puts a spotlight on how funny and universal the idea of relating to someone from a different culture can be. The show is hilarious and this is a subject worth spotlighting through a primetime comedy.

If you agree, check out some of the links below and support the effort to save Outsourced:

NBC Outsourced Facebook Page:
Outsourced Twitter Account:
Direct Email To Write A Letter Of Support:

And a few video clips from the show:



41 thoughts on “The Campaign To Save NBC's Outsourced Ignites Racial Debate”

  1. Gee. I’ve never actually lived in a culture where “political correctness” “dominates conversations.” I suspect nobody else has either.

    “Political correctness” seems to me an invented concept, giving certain people on the political right something to always complain about, no matter how trivial, or even imaginary.

    In terms of the imaginary, witness that the people who inform the world of the evils of “political correctness” don’t agree on how it came to be or even where it developed.

    The blog writer says it was born in Washington D.C. Others claim Lenin’s Moscow. Or Willie Munzenberg’s Frankfurt, Germany. Or Antonio Gramsci’s Turin, Italy. What would be a large point of dispute in normal academia almost never pops up as an issue.

  2. it’s ridiculous the way these execs cancel shows that people like outsourced was a good show very funny nbc should keep this show

  3. this show is not racist its just funny not politically incorrect just makes us laugh if you wanna see racist or politically incorrect then i suggest south park which has been on tv for way too long nbc didnt even give outsourced a chance

  4. HOW TO GET OUTSOURCED BACK!!! Got a Facebook? A Myspace? An Anything? Tell everyone you know to watch outsourced on Hulu. If they like it and want a second season, they will do the same. Next things next and 1,000,000 are knoking on the front door of NBC and they start the second season. Really, 5 minutes to post on your facebook wall “Watch Outsourced, love Outsourced, tell your freinds and SAVE OUTSOURCED!” wont be that hard. Please do this and help save a truly good comedy from dying.

  5. This is the funniest show ever I watch outsourced every week help save this show nbc is losing their damb minds Big Big Big FAN SAVE OUTSOURCED

  6. outsourced was #2 on the ratings why did they cancel it? it was the best show on nbc..i think the execs at nbc are racist pigs this isnt right discrimination is a crime

  7. you got to bring outsourced back it was the best show i ever saw, i bet hundreds of people watch it on Hulu the next morning so your’r getting a lot more viewers than you thought. WE NEED A SECOND SEASON WE NEED A ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Does N.B.C. stand for No Big Craniums? Thats what it seems to be. Any other suggestions on what N.B.C stands for?

  9. we need more posts so pleas contribute outsourced fans! we need to get enough posts to make them to change there mind and realize the mistake they made.

  10. Were sorry. We dont have the largest cranium in town, but we know enough to bring outsourced back. We need more comments and facebook clubs to finalize our decision.

  11. GOOOOOOO get it back. In aint racist, yaaawwl seen South Park? Thats racist. And you fellers think this show is racist. Talkin about countin chickens before they hatch. Am I right or am I right yaawwl?

  12. outsourced is not racist its funny and i think that most people can make there own choices not to use racist words in public using your frontal lobes, but on the TV/computer its fine

  13. Hi, Im Indian.This show is very correct and acurate and not racist. I hope NBC brings this show back becuase it is a pleasure for India to have it, not an insult.

  14. i dont think that we should stop posting until we change there minds, tell every one you can to write a note to NBC!!

  15. i didnt know about outsourced until my friend showed me and with less than one episode, i loved it and it became my favorite show ever,

  16. One of the few shows I really enjoy! Great comedy & I love the beautiful Indian people! Please reconsider keeping Outsourced!!


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