CBS Won't Apologize for 'Drunk Indians' Crack on 'Mike & Molly,' Protests Begin

ICTMN Staff
3/11/13

Activist and ICTMN reader Raven Ross has sought resolution to the Mike & Molly situation from CBS -- in vain. And now she's taking her grievances to the street.

The "Mike & Molly situation" refers to an offensive comment made on a recent episode of the show.

"Arizona? Why would I go to Arizona?" said Molly's mother-in-law, played by actress Rondi Reed. "It's nothing but a furnace full of drunk Indians." 

Ross contacted CBS, and here is her report:

CBS/Mike & Molly show are not going to apologize!

I personally received a call back from CBS, Ms. Tiffany Smith Anoai, who told me that no apology would be coming from the Mike & Molly show!

Ms. Anoai said she is "speaking directly with Mike & Molly's writers." I asked, Is the Native voice is present and being heard at these sessions? Her answer: No. But, she said, the writers do attend a once-a-year diversity workshop!

(I bet the writers for Mike & Molly were either asleep, had headphones on, or were engaged in selective hearing!)

Ross is taking action today where she lives, and is hoping that other Natives will do the same.

I have organized in Phoenix, Arizona, today (3/11) an All Tribes Peaceful Anti-Racism Protest at CBS TV station-Channel 5! I recommend that all Native peoples do the same in their hometown.

CBS and the Mike & Molly show are perpetuating 500-plus years of racism, prejudice, and bigotry toward the original landowners and the original inhabitants of great North America! Anti-American Indian sentiment is here and growing throughout the USA. It has come to my attention, from articles published this past year on ICTMN, that Our People have been experiencing heightened racism. Western Society is using their tools of racist stereotyping and continue to engage in cultural and spiritual misappropriation and exploitation through the media to diminish our people to insignificance! It's time to take a stand! No longer shall we be swept under the rug, and dismissed by an insensitive and ignorant segment of western society.

Protest and boycott CBS and the Mike & Molly show now. For our ancestors, yourselves, and future generations of indigenous people everywhere.

In Spirit/Peace

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Submitted by Anonymous on
boycott them...we are not jewish but we need the same respect. If it was about jews, ppl would be all over this.

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Submitted by jude on
Oh okay so Mikeand Molly show is racist but what about you who are being rude and racist against fat people. But guess it is okay ,it is only wrong to be racist against Indians huh????

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Submitted by Concerned In NC on
MHO anyone can take offense to most anything on TV if they choose. It is a comedy show. I would think that any one of the actors would have spoken up if they thought that comment was meant to attack a group of people or a way of life. I try very hard not to attack anyone and raised my children to be the same. We all need to respect one another even if we do not agree with each other. If you personally don't want to support the network then change the channel. We all have that option. But if you expect never to be offended - get rid of your TV altogether because you will be at some point!!

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Submitted by Cheri R on
Shame on you for thinking that line was dismissable for apology.You know you wouldn't couldn't be on the air if you made a statement like that towards Jewish or Black American people. STOP SUPPRESSING NATIVE PEOPLE !!

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Submitted by Cheri R on
Shame on you for thinking that line was dismissable for apology.You know you wouldn't couldn't be on the air if you made a statement like that towards Jewish or Black American people. STOP SUPPRESSING NATIVE PEOPLE !!

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Submitted by Carla Whitehead on
Get over yourselfs, people. Do you even watch this show regularly??!!. Mike's mother is annoying and bigotted and constantly says terrible things. The writeres did NOT single out Native Americans for her nastiness. She is written as an equal opportunity offender...

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Submitted by akjen on
LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!!!!! DON'T BE SO SENSITIVE PEOPLE. IF YOU CAN SAY YOU HAVE NEVER SAID ANYTHING YOUR WHOLE LIFE THAT CAN BE CONSTRUED AS RACIST, THEN YOU HAVE A REASON TO BE OFFENDED. IF NOT, THEN SHUT UP.

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