According to Variety, the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) wrote to Fox yesterday (August 15) with a demand to re-edit the opening episode, which was shown on the TCA summer press tour.
The pilot of the sitcom, which stars long-time MacFarlane collaborator Seth Green alongside Giovanni Ribisi, reportedly features a reference to “Orientals”, and one character stating that he “didn’t trust the Chinese”.
MANAA’s statement said: “Our community can’t continue to be the target of racially insensitive jokes.
“Considering the consistent feedback from our community and television critics in general – and the creators saying they hadn’t properly defined their characters nor gotten used to their actors when they shot that first episode – this sounds like a no-brainer.”
Fox executive Kevin Reilly was recently quoted as saying said that the comedy will need to be adapted before it airs, following mixed critical reviews of the first episode.
However, Dads executive producer Mike Scully, an ex-showrunner for The Simpsons, said: “We don’t want this to be the racial, insult comedy show. It’s a show about fathers and sons.”
Fox is reportedly in the process of responding to MANAA.