Is “The Social Network” guilty of “brownface”? Back when the film came out, there was much debate about its possible sexism and, to a lesser extent, racism. But most of the accusations regarding the latter seemed to involve the portrayal of Asian women as generally crazy and romantically suited to Jewish guys. I didn’t see as much address of the issue of having actor Max Minghella, the son of a white filmmaker and a Chinese-Scottish dancer, portray the Indian-American Divya Narendra. Was his skin actually darkened for the role? I’m not sure, and I can’t find confirmation that this is true. According to a Washington Post query, Sony Pictures claimed at least no make-up was used for the portrayal.
Regardless, the comedy troupe Political Subversities have lampooned the “brownface” (or is it still “blackface”?) and general racism of “The Social Network” in a new video, which you can watch after the jump.