More importantly, how do we begin to undo the damage that the Apu stereotype has caused for millions of Desis not just in America, but around the world? And if it’s generally accepted that blackface is inappropriate and racist, then why the hell is Apu still a thing?
“I’m sure Jodie Whittaker will be great as The Doctor, but this was still quite the lost opportunity for some much-needed color representation in a franchise that has only recently been diversifying its main actors.” For Wear Your Voice Magazine, July 2017.
“When the dominant visual media paradigm is one of hegemonic whiteness, there are a limited number of choices for women of color. Submit yourself to the hegemony and take whatever scraps casting agents, directors, producers throw at you even if they might be problematic. Or, smash that shit and begin carving out your own space. More and more black and brown women are choosing the latter, and it is glorious.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, June 2017.
“Hasan Minhaj’s eloquence and ability to reflect on micro and macro levels is so inspiring. I feel transformed for the better after spending an hour and change with him and his epic storytelling abilities.” For Wear Your Voice Magazine, June 2017.