We see young Dev in 1990 ingesting a barrage of Indian stereotypes and little else.
Then we’re hit with the Popchips imagery, and Kutcher’s plasticine construction of Indian-ness becomes even more gallingly apparent.
“They insulted Mexican folks next, and there’s no impact on their business.
The characters span decades and various media, but spliced together and presented one after another as they are consumed through the eyes of Ansari’s character, Dev, it doesn’t take any additional words to pick up what Ansari’s putting down.
The way Indian people have been portrayed in the media is largely one-dimensional and really, really screwed up.
By the fourth episode, titled “Indians on TV,” the audience has met Dev’s parents, portrayed by Ansari’s real-life parents.
We’ve had a chance to become emotionally invested in Dev and the lives of his friends.