That is the last time I will watch that show!
Deconstructing Mike and Molly
I saw and reposted the image above, which led to a discussion with some Facebook friends:
If I'm not mistaken, he's a cop and she's a waitress.
"Privileged" probably wasn't the best word to use in this context.
Yeah, but as Rob pointed out, that wasn't what was conveyed in this. I mean the whole discussion about "white privilege" as a general societal concept and and whether someone is "privileged" are two different things. Also, I don't think whites in Appalachia, for example, get the benefit of the doubt all that much.
Imagine the character saying, "Move to New York? The greedy Jews control everything there." Or using any other ethnic stereotype. The firestorm of protest would be instantaneous.
The actors could've and should've refused to film the scene with those lines. But they don't bear the primary responsibility. The producers and writers do.
Therefore, I'd say replace "fat privileged" in the image with "ignorant." Then it's fine.
For more on "drunk Indians," see Indians Testify About Negative Images and Drink's "Sexy Pilgrim & Indian Party."