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"Outsourced" the TV Show is Not What India is Like

Updated on October 9, 2010

Holy Stereotype Batman!

The India portrayed by the show Outsourced is about as genuine as New York City criminals portrayed by the Batman TV show of the 50's and 60's. For those of you who have watched this ridiculous TV show, my sympathies are with you.

With the mispronunciation of names and the blatant idiocy and stereotyping, let me say that it was hard enough to sit through more than 10 minutes of the second episode. Although It was pretty hard to get through the stupidity of the idea that you can only get meat at high end Indian hotels, I managed to keep watching but when the hot Indian girl teaches White Boy how to "bobble" his head correctly was when I couldn't take it any longer.

Let me assure you, if you are a meat eater, there are small hole in the wall restaurants, mid grade places and even high end hotels where you can go into food comma (Kebabs Anyone?). Everyone in India is NOT a vegetarian.

Contrary to convenient western belief, India is not a country of Vegetarian Pacifist Techies or Call Center Employees. It is a country with thousands of ethnic groups, cultures and languages and the last thing we need is yet another stereotype. First it was Temple of Doom and I had to hear about how I ate monkey heads and now its this. So tired of this crap.

Some people are saying that this show is the new "Friends." If that is the case, then I suppose it is accurate. Friends seemed to show that young semi-employed twenty somethings could afford giant apartments in a New York City that was strangely devoid of ethnic people. If you believe that, you will believe anything.

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      Siddhant 

      7 years ago

      You should lighten up. It's a comedy show, not a cultural documentary. Okay, the show probably doesn't paint a true picture of a 21st century Indian metro, and to be honest, I'm glad it doesn't because the middle class(referring to the characters of the show) populace in Indian metros in this day & age have lost track of their own cultures and traditions in an attempt to Westernise themselves and that's just sad.

      I loved the show the minute I started watching it. It has now aired 15+ episodes and I still love it. Not just me, my family and friends love it too. Infact, I feel it'll be a lot more successful in India than in the US. Anyway, The bottom line is, it's fun and entertaining. You apparently just watched 2 episodes and made a snap judgment. That's like criticising a movie after watching just the first 15 minutes.

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      cuban-american 

      7 years ago

      if you're looking to sitcoms to learn about other cultures, that's your first problem.

      this show is obviously, and quite purposefully, americanized.

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      lisa42 

      7 years ago from Sacramento

      I haven't seen this show, but now am curious about it. TV often seems to perpetuate stereotypes about people and places, no matter how ridiculous the stereotypes are. I'm not sure if it's out of complete stupidity, lack of information or a strange sense of humor. And for the record... I certainly never had a problem finding meat in any city I visited in India!

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      OpinionDuck 

      7 years ago

      trishool

      Thanks for the info.

      Although there is a great difference between people of Pakistan and those of India, I doubt if we here in America know the difference.

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      trishool 

      7 years ago from Delhi

      The American Sterotype is perpetuated by American TV. In India, we get all the American TV shows. I dont believe there is any Indian TV show that stereotypes Americans. But there is a stereotype that is perpetuated by American media itself kinda like Bollywood does for India which is sad

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      OpinionDuck 

      7 years ago

      Interesting hub, and I wonder how the American stereotype is cast on Indian TV

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