“Did Someone Order a Sexy Persian Wingman?”

A few weeks ago, South Park did a pretty funny spoof of the film “300,” pitting Persian club owners against lesbians (the YouTube clip got taken down when Viacom complained). Now, the animated sitcom “American Dad,” which is about a family in which the father is a right-wing CIA agent, has bestowed the Persian community with yet another dubious animation honor: the alien character, Roger, goes undercover in this episode as a “sexy Persian wingman.”

Here are some memorable quotes:
“I’m a Persian stud… I live with my parents, big house, no yard… I sell X, don’t use it.”
“This is my boy Behrouz, he imports rugs.”
“I only invited him because our folks escaped Tehran together.”
“I’m not gonna end up a worn-up ho, having breakfast for dinner with an abusive Persian. I’ve lived that life.”

“American Dad” also had an episode that included Iranian neighbors, which actually makes more fun of the main characters than of the neighbors:

The Persian wingman clip is pretty offensive, mostly for all the misogyny. It’s a shame that they chose to play up Iranian cultural stereotypes for laughs. Then again, this is “American Dad,” and it’s generally pretty misogynistic, sometimes pushing so far that it’s not satire anymore.

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great stuff, I love the “my friend is making porno” clearly a lot of these writers are hanging out with the LA persian crowd.

well, at least it’s making fun of modern LA persians and not stereotyping persians in iran.

Honestly, with shows like this starting to “highlight” the darker/eccentric sides of persian-american culture- I’m kind of honored. We were the LAST untouchable group. If we can’t laugh at ourselves then how can we change the dynamics of our relationships with other cultures? In the end it is making more fun of the PERCEPTIONS and PERCEIVERS than the PERCEIVED. :) thats my take on it anyway!


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