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Get Smart Asian stereotypes

by Critical Commons Manager

An Asian stereotype is remediated through computerized facial recognition in this 1967 clip from the NBC TV series Get Smart. Equating the computer's inability (even via a fictional technofuturistic conceit) to distinguish among Asian facial features with that of (normative, i.e., white) humans. When the Chief enigmatically explains that, "The computer's only human, after all," Max responds, "To the computer, they all look alike."

Computerized racism on Get Smart

Computerized facial recognition, which was still a largely fictional technology in the mid 1960s, is here used to reinforce ethnic stereotypes

from Get Smart "The Girls from KAOS" (1967)
Creator: Mel Brooks, Buck Henry
Distributor: HBO
Posted by Critical Commons Manager