Hawaii Five-0’s pay equity dispute and controversy surrounding Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick.

Unpacking Muslim American Identity and Interracial Relationships in Kumail Nanjiani’s New Rom-Com

Unpacking Muslim American Identity and Interracial Relationships in Kumail Nanjiani’s New Rom-Com

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July 14 2017 12:28 PM

Hawaii Five-0 and The Big Sick

We unpack the controversy surrounding Hawaii Five-0’s recent cast departures before diving into a discussion on Kumail Nanjiani’s new romantic comedy.

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Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by © While You Were Comatose, LLC and Thinkstock.

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On this episode of Represent, Aisha Harris is joined by Ahmed Ali Akbar, host of the BuzzFeed podcast See Something Say Something, for a discussion about Muslim representation and interracial relationships in Kumail Nanjiani’s new romantic comedy, The Big Sick. But first, Vulture’s Alex Jung helps us unpack the Hawaii Five-0 controversy that followed reports that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park left the show over unequal pay.

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The Plusses and Deltas for this week:

( + ) Aisha loves that Ava DuVernay is making a Netflix miniseries about the Central Park Five. Alex is happy to hear that Lucy Liu will direct the Season 2 premiere of Marvel’s Luke Cage.

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( ∆ ) Aisha is rolling her eyes at the upcoming film Blind, in which Alec Baldwin plays a novelist blinded in a car crash. After hearing that Showtime is rebooting The L Word, Alex would like to see an industry shift away from sequels, franchises, and reboots and toward telling new stories.

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Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.