New CBS sitcom under fire: ‘So offensive I don’t have the words’

New CBS sitcom under fire: ‘So offensive I don’t have the words’
Image: CBS via The Hollywood Reporter

[Ed. – Show to be canceled, literally, in 5, 4, 3…]

A new CBS sitcom is coming under fire for its handling of an Afghan character.

The Big Bang Theory producer Chuck Lorre’s latest – the midseason series United States of Al – is being criticized for casting a non-Afghan actor in its titular role, and for the character’s depiction in general, while one of the show’s executive producers has issued a staunch defense.

The uproar was seemingly sparked by the show’s official trailer, which first debuted online a couple weeks ago, but ignited a controversy that had Lorre trending over the weekend. The show is framed as a warm-hearted comedy about the friendship between a Marine combat veteran (Parker Young) struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and his Afghan interpreter, Awalmir (Adhir Kalyan), who served with his unit and has just arrived to start a new life in America.

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