What follows… is a response to Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. Let us just say that Blurred Lines was pretty damn shady. Okay it had a catchy beat. Okay it’s video basically was pornography. It was popular. But it was tasteless and had issues with the way it treated women and the rapey context of the lyrics.
A context? Goodness Gracious Me was a British TV sketch show about Asian Comedy and was widely regarded as insanely funny. It was “race” comedy but it was silly and light hearted and was a way to poke fun at our harmless weirdness of being Asian. Some of it was hard hitting though. In between all the silliness were sketches about Voluntourism (The practice of volunteering for a week at a charity in a third world nation solely for cool facebook photos while doing precious little useful work), the lack of understanding among groups to deal with spousal abuse in Asian families and amusing takes on Asian issues such as “Going for an English” which shows a role reversal of an “English Restaurant” in Mumbai and how similar behaviour among Brits would be in India. Or the “Jonathan” sketch where a white guy in India is treated like Indians in the UK where people cannot pronounce a simple “British Name” and instead mutilate it and get angry when the poor Jonathan requests that his name not be mutilated.
In light of the rape accusations in India and the changing reality of the Asian Man this does it perfectly. If the show is back, count me as a big fan.