Check out how desi peeps reacted to the viral Australian song Papadum. The song has crossed over 1.5 million views and has been called out for being racist.
Indian culture and people have been stereotyped in various popular western sitcoms and cartoons. Being brown and curry shamed is something every South Asian has witnessed in the past. Although things seem to have been changing over the years, things from the past are still questionable. Just like an Australian song that has resurfaced on the internet after 6 years. The Australian song Papadum was made in 2014 and has somehow caught the eyes of the people on the internet again.
The song was written by the Australian children’s music group, The Wiggles. While it is a song, it has no actual lyrics and only has them repeating Papadum. It is not a hidden fact of how much we Indians love our Papadum, but we don’t need a song for it. Also, it is also one of the million Indian things we love. The Australians thought it would be funny to have a saree clad Indian woman to dance along with them as they wear their Sherwani and hold on to Papadum. Desi peeps, however, found the song to be racist and has caused the writer, Anthony Field to apologise.
Al, I wrote the song, and directed the clip in 2014 (which was meant as a celebration). It was not my intention to be culturally insensitive to the Indian community, or to add value to ethnic stereotyping. Apologies .
— Anthony Field (@Anthony_Wiggle) October 22, 2020
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the song:
to be clear, this was not the representation i wanted pic.twitter.com/vNswTi0E16
— Ashmi (@_ashmip) October 22, 2020
Nearly every script I’ve been sent since leaving drama school https://t.co/MLuyWl2yGv
— Rahul Kohli (@RahulKohli13) October 22, 2020
Not white people saying “I don’t have a problem with this”, bro nobody cares if you don’t 😭 I don’t even usually mind, but this is kinda wack https://t.co/bvaa7sz54g
— Umar (@UmarTheBestest) October 22, 2020
i’m gonna k*** myself https://t.co/kuynX5MEbt
— eshana (@eshana_seshadri) October 22, 2020
…who is getting fired over this and when https://t.co/2NNA8JJsJC
— Veenal Sample (@FreeSamples0011) October 22, 2020
Bon Appetit trying to win back its non-white readers https://t.co/CWwKm0ZaTv
— Meher (@_meher) October 22, 2020
I miss the life I had 1 minutes ago when I didnt know that a video of white men in sherwanis dancing with a papar existed https://t.co/nj9aXjchR2
— Mango Lassii🥭 (@mango_lassii) October 22, 2020
What on earth??!! https://t.co/WQrpMMp9i0
— Seema Goswami (@seemagoswami) October 22, 2020
you can see the pain in her eyes man https://t.co/XjnmQgpSKz
— balvin (@ayeitsbalvin) October 22, 2020
what in the actual fuck is this 😭😭😭 https://t.co/EcM3h9x2Yw
— aqib // BLM (@IZANVMI) October 22, 2020
— Perestroika & Glasnost (@Vineet1016) October 22, 2020
it took me 5 times me watching this 2 realize that theyre actually saying poppadum as in pappad i was simply mystified and lost in this peppa pigesque video https://t.co/K3toCy6wmG
— mokshita hun lol (@mokshizpt3) October 22, 2020
I think they're holding that woman hostage https://t.co/iq3r33YSPc
— Marie Hui Antoinette (@potatoinator) October 22, 2020