‘The Office’ Actress Kat Ahn Just Called Out The Show’s Anti-Asian Jokes

One of The Office‘s most memorable episodes is getting put on blast after one of the guest stars called out the Anti-Asian jokes featured on it.

Kat Ahn, who starred as one of the Asian waitresses in “A Benihana Christmas”, told Washington Post that her appearance was only used as a joke.

The episode focuses on Michael Scott (Steve Carell) going to the restaurant and in it, ends up using a permanent marker on one of two Asian waitresses he brings back to his office Christmas party so that he can tell them apart.

While at first excited about the role on the popular NBC series, Kat was quickly deflated when she realized she was part of an Anti-Asian joke.

“You’re told to shut up and be grateful. Actors have no power until they become a star,” she was told.

In addition, Kat also revealed that the appearance followed her into her personal life as another co-worker once attempted to draw on her arm with a sharpie as a callback to the episode.

Series regulars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey recently addressed that episode on their podcast, Office Ladies, and admitted that the jokes made them cringe.

The Office is currently streaming on Peacock now.

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