Did Jimmy Kimmel show Asians as bad drivers?

Did Jimmy Kimmel show Asians as bad drivers?

The ever-outspoken Crepaudia had a complaint about Jimmy Kimmel’s Aloha to Lost special.

I’d watched the special.  I enjoyed the interviews with the cast, although the sketches fell a bit flat for me.

However, Crepaudia was offended:

“Did you see Daniel Dae Kim in the Sopranos spoof?  Did you notice how he was shown as a bad driver, bumping into things?  Any particular reason you slapped that stereotype on the American actor, Kimmel?”

I do think that’s an interesting point.  I haven’t seen the original Sopranos episode…maybe that driver was shown as a bad driver?  Since Kim’s character on Lost (Jin) was a crime enforcer for a time, it would make sense that he would be the hit man in the sketch. 

It’s a stereotype, though, that Asians are bad drivers.  If that wasn’t an inherent part of the spoof, it does seem like an odd thing to choose to get laughs on a Lost special.  Lost had a diverse cast, and while some dialogue on the show may have had a racial component, that wasn’t the tone of the show. 

It may have just been an unfortunate coincidence that Kim was given that bit of comedy to perform, but I can see how it could offend some people.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

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