A colleague spotted a Sikh character on the television comedy “Back in the Game,” a new show on ABC about a woman who returns home to live with her father and ends up coaching her son’s little league baseball team. The character was a Sikh boy in a full turban who is a player on the team.
According to the Internet Movie Database, the character is named Parvu Singh and is played by actor Sepehr Pazoki. He has only appeared in one episode thus far in a non-speaking role, but perhaps we may hear from him in the future. The character also appears in the background of another photo on the television show’s official website.
The inclusion of a turban-wearing Sikh boy in this television show is certainly noteworthy in that it’s rather unusual, but certainly welcome, especially after vandals recently targeted a Sikh American little league coach in a racist act in Yuba City, California.
Find out more about the television show on the ABC website. Thanks to Sher Singh Tucker for the photo.
I am surprised to read your post regarding the presentation of a “Sikh boy” on the show “Back in the Game”. I actually found the character of Parvu Singh to be highly offensive. The character is presented on a team of “rejects”, further presenting Sikhs as “the other” and not the “norm”. Additionally, with the presentation of this character, it seems that Hollywood has caught up to Bollywood in terms of its mocking of Sikhs. In recent years, I thought Hollywood was more advanced than Bollywood by actually featuring real Sikh characters on television instead of “mocking” notions of Sikhs as is routinely done in Bollywood. Apparently I was wrong. If you look up other scenes in which Parvu Singh is shown, his turban is nothing but a messy cloth wrapped around his head instead of something tied with dignity and honor. Additionally, if they were interested in having a Sikh character, why would they not feature an actual Sikh child on the show? This is no different than when Hollywood featured Black men and women by having Whites appear in “blackface” in an effort to mock Black people. We shouldn’t be happy because this character is created to be mocked as “the other” and not someone to be included in mainstream society. While I haven’t seen the show, I presume he’ll have an accent, and engage in mocking stereotypes at the expense of Sikhs everywhere. A petition should be presented to ABC to stop its racist depiction of Sikhs in the show. This definitely shouldn’t be celebrated by Sikhs.
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