An Asian American actress who had a small part in an episode of “The Office” has condemned the NBC show for its “problematic” portrayal of Asians.
In an episode that aired in 2007, “A Benihana Christmas,” Kat Ahn plays the role of one of two Asian Benihana waitresses who are taken back to the office by Michael Scott, played by actor Steve Carell. During the episode, Carell’s character cannot tell the two women apart, telling other male charters on the show, “You know how all waitresses look alike.” He also puts a black mark on one of the women’s arms to differentiate between the two.
In a video posted to social media, Ahn called the jokes “problematic.”
“I actually understood why BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) actors play racist roles. You know, sometimes, you gotta pay your rent. Sometimes you want to join the union. Sometimes you just don’t want your agent to drop you,” Ahn detailed in a video posted