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Outsourcing 'Outsourced': What Our India Office Thought of NBC's New Comedy (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 23rd 2010 8:10PM


OutsourcedI've made my thoughts on 'Outsourced' pretty clear, bashing it here and here for being what I feel is an outdated, humorless, racially insensitive excuse for a comedy.

But I started thinking: what if it only feels horribly close-minded because we're sensitive to racially-charged jokes as a culture? I know we've been spoiled recently with smarter comedies like 'Modern Family' and 'Community,' but could a broad show like 'Outsourced' stand a chance and actually (gasp!) be a ratings hit for NBC?

So I turned lemons into, well, lemon-scented chutney and decided to make my own little social experiment out of the show. I outsourced any further review of 'Outsourced' to our own AOL office in Bangalore, India. Watch the video to see our Indian coworkers' honest instant reactions to the pilot.

'Outsourced' premieres Thurs., Sept. 23, 9:30PM ET on NBC

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August 04 2011 at 2:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
StuBotNYC

We need to make laws in this country prohibiting companies from hiring slave labor. In india labor can be had as cheap as 21 cents an hour. thats almost thirty five Indian workers for the cost of one American to sweep the floor in this country. If it is illegal for an American to go to a country with different laws and break american laws as a visitor regarding the age of sexual consent and murder or rape, then why is it legal for a company operating out of America to outsource jobs to countries with lax laws on labor and safety?

This is the reason why we are in an economic freefall and while the rich get obscenely richer the middle class and poor here will have nowhere to turn to except welfare or a full scale revolution. The republicans have vehemently opposed any rules on commerce and this is what you get- a country whose unemployment figures are downplayed and watered down and the investor class paying little or no taxes. The Republican agenda is clear- attack labor, do not tax the rich, and take away services and health care to the working poor.

Remember the phrase, "let them eat cake" right before the French revolution? The streets ran red with the blood of the oligarchy soon after.

I will not watch this show, it is making light of a situation that must be stopped NOW. Perhaps I should create a show about slavery or sexual tourism?

March 26 2011 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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November 25 2010 at 5:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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October 21 2010 at 3:26 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
anonymous

i work in a call center. im american. we HATE when the indians call us. they are rude and pushy. they cant understand us. they make us repeat everything. they say A as in hotel. B as in carrot. ugh! i blame regan and clinton!

September 30 2010 at 6:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Xiocomara

It certainly isn't funny, especially in this economy, when jobs are outsourced. However, the show is not the problem - it's just dealing with something that happens in a funny way. I found it entertaining and will watch it again. As a nation we tend to complain a lot, but we also like to maintain the status quo, ergo...? Lets leave politics out of entertainment.

September 25 2010 at 3:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
just3horses

It might be funny if it wasn`t true. the economy is too bad and too many Americans are out of work and losing their homes to laugh at someone over in India doing the job they used to do.

September 25 2010 at 1:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
TCRAZYOLDLADY

I WAS HOPING FOR A FUNNY SHOW BUT I DID NOT FIND THAT. WHEN HE WAS ASKED ABOUT THE MISTELTOE APRON AND THE KISS--THAT WAS IT FOR ME---HARDLY FINNY AND DEFINITELY DISGUSTING--TO THINK I MISSED PART OF WHAT I NORMALLY WATCH FOR THIS LOSER & I AGREE WITH THE POSTER THAT SAID IT IS NOT FUNNY TO SEE JOBS FROM OUR FOLKS SENT TO OTHER COUNTRIES. WITHOUT SLURRING INDIA I KNOW Y'ALL HAVE HAD IT HAPPEN WHEN YOU CALLED FOR ASSISTANCE & GOT THE INDIAN OFFICE AND THE FRUSTRATION--IT WAS NOT THE FAULT OF THE ANSWERER BUT THE FAULT OF THOSE WHO USED THEM IN AN AREA THEY WERE NOT & ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH.

September 24 2010 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ben

Being one who has lost his career because of outsourcing, I am personally insulted by the show. However, it is really funny! Unfortunately, the US is headed to third world status because big corps are outsourcing all the jobs. Not everyone can work at Micky D's.

September 24 2010 at 3:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Craig Ranapia

It could. After all, I find it hard to believe that a show where every woman is nutty, slutty or a castrating shrew. But 'Two and a Half Men' keeps on keeping on -- and I'm sure many shows would love to have a "bad year" where you draw an average 15 million viewers.

September 24 2010 at 6:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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