Thursday, October 5, 2006

Gay Latino Role On ‘The Office’ Keeps Nunez Honest About Stereotypes

BURBANK, Calif. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Office not only won an Emmy for Best Comedy but it deserves an even more hallowed honor as “the first show to do stereotypes right since All In The Family.

That’s the opinion of cast member Oscar Nunez, who plays Oscar Martinez, a probably-gay, Mexican-American paper salesman at the show’s fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

Nunez admits that if the show wasn’t hilarious, “no one would care” what it was trying to say about race.

However, in his words, “You always know where the writers stand in our dialogue,” no matter how seemingly offensive it sounds.

He adds: “Somewhere we lost our sense of humor [about race] – because there’s a kernel of truth that’s funny in every horrible stereotype; and that’s racism, horrible and hilarious.”

The Office airs Thursdays on NBC.

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