Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs Slam ‘2 Broke Girls’ Joke About Aboriginal Australians
The stars of “2 Broke Girls” distanced themselves on Saturday from a recent joke on the show that many Australians have called racist and offensive. Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs both spoke out against the line, which took a jab at Aboriginal Australians. See the video below.
In the controversial scene, diner owner Han (played by Matthew Moy) is upset because he can’t find his iPad. He explains, “I’m in a casual flirtation with a woman in Australia! She’s part Aboriginal, but has a great personality!” The implication that Aboriginals are physically unappealing did not go over well with Australian viewers, many of whom lashed out on social media.
“How dare you make such a racist disgusting joke about Aboriginals,” one fan wrote on the show’s Facebook page. “If it had been said about an African American it would never have made it to screen. Not impressed!” Even Kevin Rudd, the former Prime Minister of Australia, spoke out. He tweeted, “Pathetic attempt at racist humour by American ‘comedy’ – ‘2 Broke Girls.’ How low can you go for canned laughter? Program should apologize.”
On Saturday, the two lead actresses agreed with the show’s critics. Dennings tweeted, “That line was a moment of ignorance from whoever wrote it. It does NOT reflect how I or cast feels. Hope this helps anyone rightfully upset.”
Behrs repeated what Dennings said, writing, “I second @OfficialKat That line was a moment of ignorance from whoever wrote it. It does NOT reflect how I or cast feels. Hope this helps anyone rightfully upset. We love you Australia, New Zealand!” What do you think of the controversy? Watch the clip below.