Through a series of tweets, Indian-origin actor Kal Penn on Wednesday exposed Hollywood’s racist and narrow-minded approach to minority characters.
The actor who is famous for his doctor character on “House”, took to twitter to share old script pages of roles offered to him that highlight the extent of racism Hollywood keeps while dealing with actors from third world countries.
Most of the characters he was offered were stereotypical including a “Gandhi lookalike,” a “quirky, Indian lab buddy” whose “language is peppered with Indian cultural references” and “Careem” with “a slight Hindi accent.”
He was mainly asked to play the character of snake charmers and fire-eaters with an exaggerated Indian accent.
Penn now is a successful actor in Hollywood after playing iconic characters like of a therapist on “How I Met Your Mother” and a stoner craving tiny burgers on “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.”
He had also served in the White House under President Barack Obama’s administration.
Here are his tweets: