Seth MacFarlane's New Show 'Dads': Racist?

The comedian's new Fox show, Dads, is filled with racial jokes, but the producers claim that the real joke is on white men.

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Screenshot from Dads (2013 Fox Broadcasting Co./Jennifer Clasen/Fox)

The comedian's new Fox show, Dads, is filled with racial jokes, but the producers claim that the real joke is on white men, according to the Wrap.

Stereotypes abound on "Dads," and come from the old-school-in-a-bad-way, socially out-of-step dads. One mistakes a woman of color for the maid. There's a joke likening a boxing match to a game of "punch the Puerto Rican." A young Asian woman dresses up as an anime character.

But in every case, the real target of the joke is the white male making it, the producers and cast said in a Television Critics Assn. panel Thursday. They were peppered with questions from reporters about whether their jokes were offensive, lazy, or something else. 

"Just to be fair, these are some pretty disparaging portrayals of white men," joked star Seth Green. "It's helpful to have an Archie Bunker... so that Rob Reiner can say, 'Archie, it's just not okay.'"

Peter Riegert and Martin Mull play the dads who invade the lives of their sons, played by Green and Giovanni Ribisi. They offend everyone in sight, particular the three women of color who round out the cast: Tonita Castro, Brenda Song, and Vanessa Lachey.

Read more at the Wrap.

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