I haven’t seen a moment of Eddie Huang’s Fresh off the Boat, the first Asian-American sitcom since Margaret Cho’s failed All American Girl, but I can tell you this much: I’m a little in love with it already.
Why? Because Huang — who based the sitcom on his memoir — is clearly avoiding cheap laughs based on Asian stereotypes. In fact, he eschews them. Last week at the TCAs, a reporter asked him and the cast — which includes Randall Park (the only good part of The Interview) — if the show would feature chopsticks, and he and the cast gave a hilarious racist series of answers to a racist question.
Now he’s legit pissed off at an infographic that the marketing department behind show’s Twitter account posted, and for good reason.
Here’s the since deleted tweet:
How’d Huang respond? Perfectly.
.@chineseguy88 people at studio actually listen to you cause you're a "good chinaman" lol could u please have them take the turban ad down?— RICH HOMIE HUANG (@MrEddieHuang) January 29, 2015
Based on those tweets alone, I’m giving Fresh Off the Boat at least a six-episode commitment. The sitcom premieres on ABC on February 10th.