Novelty doesn't wear off in 'Outsourced'

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Back in superpower times, cultural clashes took place on this side of the ocean and the joke was on the foreigners.
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dumb show

West Des Moines, IA

#1 Sep 23, 2010
Just another show where the punchline is on the dark skinned guy only he doesnt know it and is laughing along in ignorant bliss.
Bobster

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Sep 23, 2010
"Just another show where the punchline is on the dark skinned guy only he doesnt know it and is laughing along in ignorant bliss." Actually, you might actually learn something by accident by watching a show like this. Most Americans know nothing about any place beyond the state they live in. Some are even ignorant of anything beyond their neighborhood. India can be funny too, darker skin or not (Indians have a variety of skin tones). If you actually read the review, a lot of the jokes are on the ignorance of the Americans.
Mike

Winona, MN

#3 Sep 23, 2010
Let me get this straight. Someone decided that a comedy about American jobs moved off shore to India would be a humorous subject? I guess the creative genius who dreamed this up has not heard about our current economy and lack of work. I predict a quick rejection of this lox by the viewers. Maybe the next project can be about working in a collections office.
American

United States

#4 Sep 23, 2010
This wonít be believable one single bit. If it were real, then the American guy would be throwing up every time one of his employees came to work smelling like monkeybutt. I heard thatís a common thing over there LOL
I Can Relate

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Sep 23, 2010
Mike wrote:
Let me get this straight. Someone decided that a comedy about American jobs moved off shore to India would be a humorous subject? I guess the creative genius who dreamed this up has not heard about our current economy and lack of work. I predict a quick rejection of this lox by the viewers. Maybe the next project can be about working in a collections office.
Mike, you beat me to it. I was thinking the exact same thing when this show was first being advertised. As we have record high unemployment rates nationally (did you read today where new unemployment claims were up in MN in August?), it seems quite insensitive to have a comedy on TV about this subject. I hope it does tank and looking at some critiques early reviews, it looks like it will. And darn it Mike, now you gave the idiots another show idea about the collections office workers! Lol!
American

United States

#6 Sep 23, 2010
The current unemployment rate right now is an almost perfect match to the rate set back in the early 80ís. It is no record, and doesnít come close to the 20-25% unemployment rates of the Great Depression. The unemployment rate has averaged around 6% since WW2.

Where I live, ANYONE who wants to work can find a job. Last year when my other employer closed their doors forever, I had three job offers to choose from.

Of the hundreds who lost their jobs there, any of them who has wanted another job had found one easily.

We are looking for an engineer here where I work right now. No Dot-Heads work here either LMFAO
xtp

Owatonna, MN

#7 Sep 23, 2010
I loved the movie so I am looking forward to this show!
Ms V

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Sep 23, 2010
American wrote:
The current unemployment rate right now is an almost perfect match to the rate set back in the early 80ís. It is no record, and doesnít come close to the 20-25% unemployment rates of the Great Depression. The unemployment rate has averaged around 6% since WW2.
Where I live, ANYONE who wants to work can find a job. Last year when my other employer closed their doors forever, I had three job offers to choose from.
Of the hundreds who lost their jobs there, any of them who has wanted another job had found one easily.
We are looking for an engineer here where I work right now. No Dot-Heads work here either LMFAO
That is fantastic. Anyone who wants a job can get one. You got 3 offers. Well, it would also be nice if you could tell the rest of us where this is so we can maybe make some money to break even. I remember the early 80s very well and there wasn't a plethora of jobs either, which is why I moved from Detroit to the TC.
Ms V

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Sep 23, 2010
Mike wrote:
Let me get this straight. Someone decided that a comedy about American jobs moved off shore to India would be a humorous subject? I guess the creative genius who dreamed this up has not heard about our current economy and lack of work. I predict a quick rejection of this lox by the viewers. Maybe the next project can be about working in a collections office.
Back in 1970 someone decided that racism and bigotry was a funny topic. His name is Norman Lear. The show was called "All in the Family", it was on CBS and won many Emmy's. I am guessing you are too young to remember that. I was 5 and remember watching the show with my parents. It was used many times for teachable moments.
Ben Outsourced

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Sep 23, 2010
Great. A show about a more curry chimps that we send more jobs to. Sick of them here, sick of them there.
American

United States

#11 Sep 23, 2010
Ms V wrote:
That is fantastic. Anyone who wants a job can get one. You got 3 offers. Well, it would also be nice if you could tell the rest of us where this is so we can maybe make some money to break even. I remember the early 80s very well and there wasn't a plethora of jobs either, which is why I moved from Detroit to the TC.
You either have to move to where the jobs are available (difficult to do) or accept nearly any kind of work in your area.

I graduated from High School in the 70ís, so I was a working man in the 70ís and 80ís. I know how hard things were then. The housing collapse thanks to Wall Street greed is making thing impossible for some people to relocate since you can hardly sell your home.

Donít know what to tell you except I have several friends who live in Minnesota who have not been affected. I hope you find a good job soon.

PS: I was born in Livonia Michigan and spent some years living in Farmington. MY Grandfather owned a hardware store in Detroit in the 60's.
Hilton Head

Chicago, IL

#12 Sep 23, 2010
Right after I saw the first advertisement for this new tv show, I felt offended. Offended at the fact that "Hollywood" thinks that those who have been out of work for weeks, months, years would find comfort and humor in watching others get American jobs. The timing of this show couldn't be worse. It is a slap to the face for everyone who has lost a job here.
PLEASE boycott this show.
Hypocrites R Us

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Sep 23, 2010
Ms V wrote:
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Back in 1970 someone decided that racism and bigotry was a funny topic. His name is Norman Lear. The show was called "All in the Family", it was on CBS and won many Emmy's. I am guessing you are too young to remember that. I was 5 and remember watching the show with my parents. It was used many times for teachable moments.
Since you a have a cushy job working for the city (i.e. government) it's easy to understand how you wouldn't be able to relate to the hundreds of thousands of Americans without jobs now being a little ticked off about a TV comedy that depicts a company taking jobs away from Americans and going over seas to employ cheap, foreign labor. Something that MANY American companies have done, which is one of the reasons so many Americans are without jobs here. Your comparison of "Outsourced" to "All In The Family" makes little sense. I fail to see how there could be any "teachable moments" from this show.
Ms V

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Sep 23, 2010
Hypocrites R Us wrote:
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Since you a have a cushy job working for the city (i.e. government) it's easy to understand how you wouldn't be able to relate to the hundreds of thousands of Americans without jobs now being a little ticked off about a TV comedy that depicts a company taking jobs away from Americans and going over seas to employ cheap, foreign labor. Something that MANY American companies have done, which is one of the reasons so many Americans are without jobs here. Your comparison of "Outsourced" to "All In The Family" makes little sense. I fail to see how there could be any "teachable moments" from this show.
Actually, it is the County and I grew up lower-middle class blue-collar with my father being laid off numerous times. I grew up in Detroit. Let's see: bigotry/racism big topics in 1970 that were being debated - now it is 2010 and it is the economy. We need to either laugh at ourselves and our stupidity or we can all be bitter and angry. Also for the record: I live in Frogtown. 50%, actually more, of my take-home pay goes to my mortgage. At the time I bought the house, I was able to afford it. Now I am in an upside-down mortgage due to my house being devalued by more than half of what it was 4 years ago. Right now I have someone in my home that is an adult looking for work, not collecting unemployment, not getting food stamps, not getting medical. He has been out of full-time work for almost 2 YEARS. So, gee, I cannot relate to unemployed people? You are beyond delusional. If you want my job, fine, but you actually have to deal with pedophiles, prostitutes, drug dealers, and domestic abusers. Oh yeah, and you actually have to be nice to them. Are you really ready? I also file single-zero and have no children to be a burden on society. Exactly what else, short of quitting my job so someone else won't get it due to budget cuts, do you want me to do?
Ms V

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Sep 23, 2010
American wrote:
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You either have to move to where the jobs are available (difficult to do) or accept nearly any kind of work in your area.
I graduated from High School in the 70ís, so I was a working man in the 70ís and 80ís. I know how hard things were then. The housing collapse thanks to Wall Street greed is making thing impossible for some people to relocate since you can hardly sell your home.
Donít know what to tell you except I have several friends who live in Minnesota who have not been affected. I hope you find a good job soon.
PS: I was born in Livonia Michigan and spent some years living in Farmington. MY Grandfather owned a hardware store in Detroit in the 60's.
I grew up in what we affectionately called "Redneckford" aka/Redford Township. Graduated from high school in the early 80s. Believe me, if I could I relocate to the U.P. in a heartbeat, but there are even less jobs there. Your friends here are very lucky - mine that live here are not. I have a good job but unfortunately the cost of living has not kept up. My grandfather was a florist in Detroit in the 20s and 30s, my father an electrician from Local 58 from the late 30s until forced to medically retire in 1981.
Mike

Winona, MN

#16 Sep 23, 2010
Ms V wrote:
<quoted text>
Back in 1970 someone decided that racism and bigotry was a funny topic. His name is Norman Lear. The show was called "All in the Family", it was on CBS and won many Emmy's. I am guessing you are too young to remember that. I was 5 and remember watching the show with my parents. It was used many times for teachable moments.
I was very much around in the 1970's and yes I remember All in the Family. I thought it's message was very clear. Mr. Lear hated middle America and despised what he perceived to be white mainstream idea's about race, gender, politics and of course "social justice". I have lived and worked through recessions from the 70's to this present day and while I remember times worse than this, I have less confidence that we can weather what seems to be incessant assaults on the U.S. worker by our own business community and governmental policies. This show is just an attempt at provoking a cheap laugh while simultaneously extending a middle finger towards the American worker.
Hypocrites R Us

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Sep 23, 2010
Ms V wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, it is the County and I grew up lower-middle class blue-collar with my father being laid off numerous times. I grew up in Detroit. Let's see: bigotry/racism big topics in 1970 that were being debated - now it is 2010 and it is the economy. We need to either laugh at ourselves and our stupidity or we can all be bitter and angry. Also for the record: I live in Frogtown. 50%, actually more, of my take-home pay goes to my mortgage. At the time I bought the house, I was able to afford it. Now I am in an upside-down mortgage due to my house being devalued by more than half of what it was 4 years ago. Right now I have someone in my home that is an adult looking for work, not collecting unemployment, not getting food stamps, not getting medical. He has been out of full-time work for almost 2 YEARS. So, gee, I cannot relate to unemployed people? You are beyond delusional. If you want my job, fine, but you actually have to deal with pedophiles, prostitutes, drug dealers, and domestic abusers. Oh yeah, and you actually have to be nice to them. Are you really ready? I also file single-zero and have no children to be a burden on society. Exactly what else, short of quitting my job so someone else won't get it due to budget cuts, do you want me to do?
Gee, a little sensitive are we? I didn't need your life history lady. Just thought it was a bit hypocritical to comment about this show being like All In The Family, when the situations aren't even remotely the same AND you are employed, with the government no less! Bigotry & racism still exists today, and from the looks of Topix forum boards, even more prevalent now then it was in the 70s. So those teachable moments who spoke of didn't help at all, did they? You can't seem to relate, since you are employed I guess, how insensitive it is to broadcast this show at this time. What do I want you to do? Pull your head out of your behind.
Ick

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Sep 23, 2010
I previewed this show when it was being tested this spring. It sucked. Its not realistic.
Ms V

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Sep 24, 2010
Hypocrites R Us wrote:
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Gee, a little sensitive are we? I didn't need your life history lady. Just thought it was a bit hypocritical to comment about this show being like All In The Family, when the situations aren't even remotely the same AND you are employed, with the government no less! Bigotry & racism still exists today, and from the looks of Topix forum boards, even more prevalent now then it was in the 70s. So those teachable moments who spoke of didn't help at all, did they? You can't seem to relate, since you are employed I guess, how insensitive it is to broadcast this show at this time. What do I want you to do? Pull your head out of your behind.
I would, but I can't even get my head close since my spinal fusion after being hit by a drunk driver some years back. Yeah, I am sensitive to the fact you don't get that I am, in essence, supporting another adult on one income. Families cannot get by these days without 2 incomes - the days of one income being able to take care of a family have been gone since the 70s.

As for the teachable moments: I didn't grow up in a house where there was domestic violence (although a lot of verbal fights), women were valued beyond being chattel, and learned basic things about economics, sexuality, and all the other social ills going on during that time. Detroit may have been a microcosm of a bigger problem, but at that time, the City of Detroit had some of the most problems in the U.S., right along with L.A. Bigotry and racism persist, in part, due to people like a lot of the adults that were in my neighborhood complaining about the N's and the G's and anything else that wasn't W.A.S.P. Instead of trying to understand a different view (which is not the same as adopting it) bigots just perpetuate the ignorance in the children they spawned. I deal with the fallout every day and every night - day at work, night in my neighborhood. Racism isn't more prevalent today than then; people are just not afraid to be bigots anymore.

I tried to watch it last night, actually. The one thing I found interesting is how much b.s. we as a society buy for absolutely no redeeming value.

Every time I see commercials, programs, articles, advertisements that blast us with a child-centric culture, it makes me want to puke. And that never goes away. I cannot afford to have children, so therefore, I should be offended by a show that makes light of childbirth/childhood? I am not offended by it, but I am offended by people like you who are so quick to judge me when I have been more than transparent than the vast majority of posters on Topix. Maybe if you took YOUR HEAD out of YOUR ARSE you could see that. But I doubt it.

As for my life's story: you really have no idea. I have been umemployed before and received no unemployment. I have been there, lived it, and survived it. I guess that just makes me evil, right?
Ms V

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Sep 24, 2010
Mike wrote:
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I was very much around in the 1970's and yes I remember All in the Family. I thought it's message was very clear. Mr. Lear hated middle America and despised what he perceived to be white mainstream idea's about race, gender, politics and of course "social justice". I have lived and worked through recessions from the 70's to this present day and while I remember times worse than this, I have less confidence that we can weather what seems to be incessant assaults on the U.S. worker by our own business community and governmental policies. This show is just an attempt at provoking a cheap laugh while simultaneously extending a middle finger towards the American worker.
The thing is, in many ways he was right about white mainstream ideas about all of those things because I saw it reflected daily in grade school and when I went out in public with my parents to do errands and whatever else. One thing that came through clearly, though, is that he actually valued women and judging by the strong character that the women in those roles represented, he really liked women as people and believed them to be equal. Pretty heavy message for a grade schooler, but I got it. He hated the behavior, not the people. I agree with you 100% about the assault on the U.S. worker - it has been going on now since the early 80s. I perceived it more as extending a middle finger to corporate America and how stupid businesses are that cater to Americans yet run their business with people not even remotely familiar with our culture. That is rampant.

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