The Office Called Out For Racism By Actor From the Show

Benihana christmas
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It’s common knowledge that many people believe The Office couldn’t be made today. While the mockumentary ended in 2013, times have changed. Many jokes and scenes created for the series are now deemed inappropriate and even unacceptable in some cases. Last year we reported that a scene was removed from Season 9’s Dwight Christmas. Greg Daniels apologized for the hurt that was caused, as the controversial scene became viral during a time of change in 2020. And now another Christmas episode from the comedy has been called out.

The workplace comedy is famous for pushing boundaries on television. But one guest star that appeared on the show is now calling them out for it. Season 3’s A Benihana Christmas is a fan favorite amongst millions. In the episodes, Michael, Dwight, Jim, and Andy return to the office with two waitresses from the Japanese steakhouse chain Benihana. A number of stereotypical jokes are then made throughout the episode. One key joke that they actually leave the restaurant with two completely different women to the ones they intended to bring back to Dunder Mifflin. One of the actresses who appeared on the episode has shared her feelings on social media…

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Kat Ahn has explained why she believes The Office appears to be racist and how she feels about the events that happen in the episode. Fans will remember in A Benihana Christmas that Michael marks his date’s arm with a sharpie so that he can identify her. The boss even jokes that ‘all waitresses look alike’. Kay Ahn, who played Amy, has taken to TikTok to talk about her realization.

The actress says:

“A Benihana Christmas” is “one of the more popular holiday TV episodes. The storyline with myself and the other Asian American actress is that we were the ‘uglier’ version of the actresses at the Benihana. Also that all Asian people look alike, we’re one big monolith, and we’re just one big walking stereotype without any personality or individuality. Which is problematic. I actually understood why BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) actors play racist roles. You know, sometimes, you gotta pay your rent. Sometimes you want to join the union. Sometimes you just don’t want your agent to drop you”.

Check out what she says below.


Things I Learned as an Asian American actress on the #benihanaxmas episode of #theoffice #theofficeparody #theofficetiktok #theofficememes

♬ original sound – Kat Ahn

Jenna Fischer has recently spoken about the episode on the Office Ladies podcast, claiming the intention of replacing the waitresses was to show that ‘two older, sophisticated women would never go back to a party’. With the entertainment shifting its views, could this be another scene that is cut from the show?