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Fuller House: Cultural appropriation, or innocent TV show party?

Audrey Leonard, Reporter

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Fuller House has been all over the media ever since it was put on Netflix in late February. Anyone and everyone was excited about it because its an obvious spin off from our favorite show, Full House. Full House was a family favorite TV show from the late 80’s to the mid/late 90’s, and even after its last episode aired, it still went on to become a hit across the nation. When it was announced that Fuller House was gonna happen, everyone went crazy. It had the entire, original cast, except for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who both played the youngest daughter/sister, Michelle Tanner.

In the eleventh episode of the first season of Fuller House, DJ, Kimmy, and Stephanie throw a retirement party for DJ’s boss, Dr. Harmon. After he had retired, he planned to go to India, so they thought, “Hmm, why not have an Indian themed party for him?” And that’s exactly what they did. They threw an Indian-themed party, with traditional Indian clothes, a sacred cow, and even an Indian dance number. Yet, the people at the party all appeared to be white, and there was no actual Indian women or men there.

Lots of people noticed this, but I’m sure the show wasn’t trying to be offensive or appropriate the culture.

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Fuller House: Cultural appropriation, or innocent TV show party?