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If White Men Experienced Racism And Sexism

"Don't be so sensitive."

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What would happen if white men had to face sexist and racist stereotypes on stage?

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Anna Akana, an LA-based actress, comedian, and filmmaker, made this sketch showing what it's like to be anything other than a white man in comedy.

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The sketch turns reality on its head, exploring how it feels to experience others' biases on stage over and over again.

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It can be so frustrating to be shown repeatedly that you're seen as nothing more than an ugly stereotype.

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Akana tells Buzzfeed, "I have been discouraged by how few POC are on stage at shows. For comedy auditions, there's a ton of objectifying, hyper-sexualized Asian roles that are incredibly infuriating."

And when everyone else in the room laughs at those judgments, what are you supposed to do?

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You can try to speak truth to power.

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You can try to explain the deep, insidious workings of an unfair system.

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But Akana told Buzzfeed she wrote this sketch after facing pushback when she tried to discuss the sexism and racism she has experienced in the comedy community.

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(Her costar in the video is actually her boyfriend in real life, Brad Gage.)

With a successful YouTube channel, Akana can write her own material now: "I get to play any role I want... showing myself as a lead has given me opportunities I otherwise wouldn't have."

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Get it, girl.

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