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Kal Penn: Time's Joel Stein is Xenophobic!

Kal Penn: Time's Joel Stein is Xenophobic!

Kal Penn is speaking out against Joel Stein for his so-called xenophobic piece against Indian Americans in Time magazine.

The 33-year-old actor and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement wrote a piece called “The ‘Hilarious’ Xenophobia of Time’s Joel Stein” via Huffington Post:

“I want to applaud Joel Stein for his hilarious account of Edison, New Jersey in his Time magazine article this week, ‘My Own Private India’; it is as unique and groundbreaking as Thomas Alva himself.

“Were it not for the intelligent, fresh sense of humor of individuals like Mr. Stein, the world may never know about Americans who happen to be of Indian descent. Gags about impossibly spicy food? I’d never heard those before! Multiple Gods with multiple arms? Multiple laughs! Recounting racial slurs like “dot-head”? Oh, Mr. Stein, is too good! I don’t know how he comes up with such unique bits. (I was worried that he’d missed an opportunity to joke about Dr. King’s predecessor, Gandhi, but I see that he got to that hilarity on Twitter. More never-before-heard satire!)

“Growing up a few miles from Edison, NJ, I always thought it was hilarious when I’d get the crap kicked out of me by kids like Stein who would yell “go back to India, dothead!” I was always ROTFLMAO when people would assume that I wasn’t American. He really captured the brilliant humor in that one too!

“Critics might call Mr. Stein‘s humor super-tired or as played out as the jokes about that cheap Jewish car that stopped on a dime to pick it up, or that African American kid who got marked absent at night school. Although unlike Stein‘s Indian American piece, in 2010 those other jokes don’t show up in mainstream media like Time Magazine. I wonder why that is…”
And here are a few snippets of Joel‘s piece:

– “In the 1990s, the not-as-brilliant [Indian] merchants brought their even-less-bright cousins, and we started to understand why India is so damn poor.”

– “Whenever I go back [to Edison], I feel what people in Arizona talk about: a sense of loss and anomie and disbelief that anyone can eat food that spicy.”

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99 Responses to “Kal Penn: Time's Joel Stein is Xenophobic!”

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  1. 1
    offtheproperty Says:

    People from California should stop bothering Arnold Schwarzenegger with their problems.

  2. 2
    Joel Stein is a Douche! Says:

    Wow, Joel is a douche. He is Jewish and knows or should know what it feels like to be discriminated. HOLOCAUST Joel :)

  3. 3
    Alban Says:

    No, he’s not xenophobic, there are too many Indians immigrating into America. They are not wanted in Australia and the U.K. so they flood into America. Dotheads go home!

  4. 4
    [marie] Says:

    I guess Stein would call that comedy… When people aren’t laughing, would this douche-nugget still consider himself a comedian..?

  5. 5
    Donovan Says:

    It bothers me so much when people confuse being intolerant and slyly bigoted with being witty. I agree with the former’s post on here. Someone from a social minority should know better than to stoke such ignorance for humor’s sake. Especially when the S H I T isn’t even funny!

  6. 6
    Ozzy Says:

    Indians stink and never wear deodorant they worship cows while the poor stave in the streets.

  7. 7
    Jordan Says:

    Hey backwoods retards on this site…
    Amerikkka was founded by immigrants, that was the WHOLE point of america. The white man doesn’t own the country, sorry to burst your little bubble. Go Kal Penn!

  8. 8
    Owen Says:

    If foreigners don’t like it perhaps they should just stay home. Americans don’t immigrate to your country so be quiet or go back. Please stop comparing the situation of American immigrants to today it is totally different. I think we need to declare a moratorium on foreigners coming here for the next twenty years unless they come from Europe.

  9. 9
    alexis Says:

    I don’t know which is worse. Joel Stein’s so-called “satiric” article or the ignorant, racist comments posted by several individuals viewing this site.

  10. 10
    lina Says:

    stein is such an idiot

  11. 11
    Mycal jaksun Says:

    What do you expect? Joos are some of the most racist zionistic supremacist in the world!

  12. 12
    Disgusted Says:

    That’s a great point. He is Jewish, he should know what its like to be hated for your race, religion etc. People like him will never let the world become a better place. Racism is just DISGUSTING.

  13. 13
    Dayana Says:

    They sound so bad.

  14. 14
    JoyLee Says:

    Joel Stein’s article is bad enough — but the remarks by some of these comments are just as bad. If all the foreigners should go back to their countries — I think that would leave just the American Indians.

  15. 15
    Josie Says:

    A jewish guy who has lived in America where he is considered white as rice ( not too long ago he was a K***e in America) has forgotten where he came from. Ironically, Hitler would have prefered Karl Penn to jewish Joel Stein.
    He needs a reality check, fast. (psst, this just proved that not all jewish people are funny).

  16. 16
    Serio Says:

    We have to remember that America belongs to the Natives. Everyone bombarded the Natives’ country and now everyone is calling it their own. This land is the land of the fortunate, freedom and opportunity. Not only that we live in the best nation in the world so why are people complaining.

  17. 17
    gigi Says:

    I’m with Kal on this one and am left wondering why attacks on certain ethnic groups or even religions are considered fair game.

    Stein’s comments are outrageous. Shame on him.

  18. 18
    anon Says:

    It is ironic isn’t it? Many native Indians think the country would be better off if all white people went back from whence they came.

  19. 19
    terrence Says:

    Really, Joel? —–Insert unfunny racist joke about Jewish people—–

  20. 20
    WTF Says:

    People that think like Joel Stein are the problem in this country. Unless this pale face is native american he is also from immigrant family himself. So it is okay for his ancestors to come to america but none else is allowed. F*%k Y@u Joel Stein.

  21. 21
    flutters Says:

    Is this Time magazine going for Ramin Setoodeh/Newsweekesque outrage? What a ridiculous column by Joel Stein. It’s not funny at all.

  22. 22
    nikki Says:

    GO KAL! I completely agree with his letter.

    Joel is usually a hilarious writer but after reading this piece I was surprised and disappointed that Time even printed something like this.

    Much thanks to Kal for speaking out about this.

  23. 23
    Sunny Says:

    Oh, it’s always been fine to put out racial slurs by jewish people, but god forbid anyone says anything remotely anti-semitic–oh, horror, branded racist, reminded of hollocaust, etc. Seems like these days only jews feel entitled to make racial comments without feeling guilty. why are we still surprised? they are not people are care about. Nice that Kal stood for this idiot’s article.

  24. 24
    shiva Says:

    joel stain is one hEll of an asinine d*ckhead… what this stain-azz wrote was NOT humorous… humor? yeah right… the piece was vacuous, nescient & noxious… Time mag is also culpable for publishing the trash.
    Thanks Kal Penn for seeing the real sh*t in the so-called “humor”… It’s time to b*tch slap this piece of sh*t!

  25. 25
    Dee Says:

    Wow, I totally agree with all the other posters who mentioned as a fellow minority you would think Joel Stein would do exactly that and THINK before writing this article. No matter how you slice it or how Joel Stein defends this piece as being “satiric”, it’s exactly the type of subvert racism that makes it “ok” to write or say stupid, ignorant things about other cultures. Seriously, you would think a man in his position would have grown some perspective.

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