The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) has asked producers of Fox’s new show Dads to reshoot “racist” scenes in the pilot for the network’s live-action comedy series from Seth MacFarlane.
A rep for Fox said on Friday that the network received a letter from MANAA on Monday and was in the process of drafting a response. Sources tell EW it’s very unlikely the pilot will be re-shot.
“Our community can’t continue to be the target of racially insensitive jokes,” Guy Aoki, founding president of MANAA, wrote in the letter, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Fox has an opportunity to fix fatal flaws in the pilot and to improve the show’s chances for success when it premieres next month. We are asking you to reshoot the inappropriate scenes of the pilot. Considering the consistent feedback from our community and television critics in general — and the creators saying they hadn’t properly defined their characters nor gotten used to their actors when they shot that first episode — this sounds like a no-brainer.”
Last month at TCA, reporters questioned the showrunners about the humor. “We don’t want the show to be the racial insult comedy show,” veteran executive producer Mike Scully said at the time. “It’s a comedy about fathers and sons … anytime you’re doing a show, for the first six episodes, you’re still improving.”
— With reporting by James Hibberd