Kal Penn on his 24 role: “accepting a form of racial profiling”

Kal Penn
Kal Penn

Kal Penn who played teenage terrorist Ahmed Amar in the sixth season premiere of 24 has spoken about his role on the show.

He’s shooting a Kumar sequel right now, and as for his recent stint as a terrorist on 24, he admits, “I have a huge political problem with the role. It was essentially accepting a form of racial profiling. I think it’s repulsive. But it was the first time I had a chance to blow stuff up and take a family hostage. As an actor, why shouldn’t I have that opportunity? Because I’m brown and I should be scared about the connection between media images and people’s thought processes?”

Source NYMag

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