by Guest Contributor Angry Asian Man, originally published at Angry Asian Man
I recently came across this trailer for the Crash TV series, based on the Academy Award-winning movie. Can’t say I’m too impressed by this trailer. It just makes me kind of tired. I’ll admit, I’m a little curious. We know that Brian Tee is in the starring cast, and we could always use another interesting, three-dimensional Asian American character on television. Here’s a description of his character, Eddie Choi:
Eddie Choi (Brian Tee)
Eddie immigrated here with his family as a young child and tried to fit in, but ended up running with a Korean gang. He was scared straight after being sentenced to a few months in juvie, and is back on the path to becoming a doctor, but can’t seem to catch a break. As an EMT, he’s doing the right thing, but never fits in with his current or former life.
It’s got some potential, so I’m cool with seeing him in the mix. But if the series’ handling of race, ethnicity and class is anything like the ridiculous, simplistic film it’s based on, I’ll pass. Longtime readers know that I’m definitely not a fan of that movie. The show premieres October 17 on Starz. More about the show here.