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From 'Gandhi look-alike' to fire-eater, Kal Penn reveals Hollywood's racist side

He tweeted audition scripts from his early career which included roles in shows like 'Sabrina The Teenage Witch' and 'The Simpsons'.

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Last Updated: Mar 17, 2017, 05.44 PM IST|Original: Mar 17, 2017, 05.44 PM IST
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The Indian-origin actor slammed racist and stereotypical Hollywood for reducing Indian characters in movies to cheap caricatures.
The Indian-origin actor slammed racist and stereotypical Hollywood for reducing Indian characters in movies to cheap caricatures.
In a series of tweets, actor Kal Penn shared audition scripts from his early days as an actor to highlight the stereotypes faced by Indian actors in Hollywood. They highlight television, film and advertisement roles that play up cultural stereotypes, including auditions for a "Gandhi lookalike", "snake charmer" lookalike", "snake charmer" and "Pakistani computer geek in a perpetual state of perspiration".

The Indian-origin actor slammed racist and stereotypical Hollywood for reducing Indian characters in movies to cheap caricatures. The star of Jhumpa Lahiri's 'The Namesake' said that he was often asked to make his accent more "authentic", which always meant that they wanted Apu from 'The Simpsons'.


The former White House associate director of public engagement in Barack Obama's first administration went on to expose scripts from shows (including 'Sabrina The Teenage Witch' and 'King of Queens') and ads he had auditioned for.



Referring to another audition, for a character named Prajeeb in 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch', Penn said, "We got into it about why he had to have an accent."



Penn is best known for roles in 'How I Met Your Mother' and 'Harold & Kumar Get The Munchies'.













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