2 Broke Girls Fights Racism Charges

Sometimes I wonder why I bother to watch 2 Broke Girls. The jokes can be shoddy, the pop culture references are just a touch out of step, and worst of all, the supporting characters (and occasionally the main characters, played by Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings) are cheap stereotypes. I’m not the only one that feels this way, as evidenced by the reaction that critics gave Michael Patrick King, the co-creator of 2 Broke Girls at the TCA panel yesterday. (The show was also created by Whitney Cummings, who’s pretty busy starring in her own sitcom at the moment.)

Questions were raised about the use of racial stereotypes on the show, as evidenced mostly by the characters that work at the diner. At one point, King actually said that he was proud that the last three episodes had jokes that focused on Han’s height rather than his Asian descent. King claimed to be an “equal opportunity offender,” as if that excused the behavior.  “I consider our jokes classy dirty,” he defended. “They’re high lowbrow.” Reports of his responses were generally negative, as seen here, here, and here. Critics seemed to agree that if this was the viewpoint of the showrunners, then there wasn’t much hope for the show to improve on its weaknesses.

I keep tuning in because I appreciate the humor and heart found in the friendship between Caroline and Max. With approximately 12 million people tuning in every week, I’m clearly not alone. Have you been watching 2 Broke Girls? I’m curious what keeps viewers coming back week after week.