that the very intentional recognition of powerful dominant
ideology within the narrative of the series and the lack of self-
reflexivity among creators to alter its method of criticism has led
to the creation of implicit messaging to viewers as a means to
propagate the very ideologies the show is attempting to subvert. In
trying to direct viewers to the more progressive and educated way
of dealing with socio-cultural issues, the series serves only to
propagate those issues as the dominant ideology. To support this
claim, I will take a deeper look at two episodes of Master of None:
“Indians on TV” and “Ladies and Gentlemen.”
The episode “Indians on TV” brings up the issue of
stereotypical portrayals of Indian people and, by extension, all
Asians on television. Dev goes in for an audition and does not get
the part because he refuses to perform a stereotypical Indian accent
while he is reading for the part. After the audition, he has the
following conversation with a friend, another Indian actor named
Ravi (Ravi Patel), who auditioned for the same role. They are
discussing a casting call that was just put out for a convenience
store owner named Pradeep, a character who has “a funny Indian
accent.”
Dev: Look, I get it. There’s probably a Pradeep who
owns a convenience store. But why can’t there be
a Pradeep, just once, who is an architect, or he
designs mittens, or does one of the jobs Bradley
Cooper’s characters do in the movies?
Ravi: Dude, I think about that too; I just can’t wait for
that. I gotta work. And look, in the meantime, I
could do real good things with this Pradeep money.
Dev: Well, at least they’re getting Indian actors now to
do those roles and not go on the “Short Circuit 2”
route.
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