Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Few More Russell Peters

Jamie Weinman, Macleans TV Critic, and a writer I often read and agree with, has me shaking my head in disagreement this morning, in a post where he roots for the demise of NBC's Outsourced, which is set to premiere this fall.

I really enjoyed the movie, and when I heard it was being turned into a TV show, I thought it was about time that we got a few South Asians on a show in North America. There have been sprinkles so far, with Anil Kapoor on the last season of 24, Kal Penn on House before he was hit by the politics bug, Reshma Shetty on Royal Pains, Aziz Ansari on P&R, and Archie Panjabi on The Good Wife, but the roles like that are few and far between for South Asian actors in North America, and especially in Canada.

At least in the UK there have been shows like Goodness Gracious Me, and The Kumars at No. 42. Toronto itself has a huge Bollywood scene (next year one of the major Indian movie awards shows will take place in Toronto), and yet when it comes to TV, as my South Asian actor friends tell me, it is a desert out there.

Personally I would like to see something like Outsourced turn that ship around and start to click. Amy Pohler is just fine and dandy, but I think I'd prefer to see more Russell Peters out there.

Exercising Prudence is a Lost Art

I came across this excerpt from the Toronto Star, via Macleans.

Toronto office administrator Sherry Good is now the face of a G20 class-action lawsuit filed Thursday against the Toronto Police Services Board and the federal attorney general, who represents the RCMP... Good said she was walking home from work on the evening of June 27 when she decided to join an informal demonstration. She was caught by a police technique known as “kettling” when about 250 people were encircled by a wall of police officers at the intersection of Queen St. W. and Spadina Ave. Good was released without charge, but said she suffered from stress and panic attacks as a result of the incident.

Stress and panic attacks? Too bad this wasn't prevented earlier by an attack of common sense.

Jump into a demonstration, on a whim, I can see. But during the G20, with the downtown full of police officers, and trouble makers, and after the press spent weeks obsessing over the possibility of violence, and the how the police were set to engage protesters, and you'd think that perhaps this woman might have, just for the tiniest moment, decided that prudence may be the better part of valor in this situation.

And yes, being arrested may be traumatic, but she was quickly cleared and let go, as any innocent person rounded up in a group engagement would be. You'd think she'd count herself lucky, having learned a lesson.

But no, that's not how things go, I guess.

Hopefully the courts won't reward her stupidity.