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Video: A Parodic Return to “The Social Network” Racism Accusations

Video: A Parodic Return to "The Social Network" Racism Accusations

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.

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