Actor/comedian Aasif Mandvi, an Indian American (though not a Sikh), talks about the stereotypical roles he was forced to accede in order to make his way in Hollywood:
I got a callback, and my agent called to ask if I owned a turban. I said — a little defensively, I admit — that if I owned a turban, I would probably have worn it; it’s not something you leave home without. She laughed, saying, “Yeah, that makes sense — but the producers want me to ask you, and I hope you are not offended, but have you ever been a snake charmer?”
Mandvi goes on to discuss the stereotypes that Hollywood imposes on Indian actors. Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.
Hollywood gets away with this. Now for the question that I am “not supposed to ask”. Why?