"It was disgusting on [the] author's part."
Reddit users are criticising an American author for insulting Indian women in her book.
Em Wolf has received a lot of criticism for the way she talks about Indian women in her book Tangled.
In the book, a conversation between two characters take place where the first person, Tristan, asks:
“How were the Indian women?”
The second person, named Tess, replies:
“They’re ok. But they’ve got nothing on American beauties.”
Readers took to Reddit to slam the author for being racist and insensitive.
Many readers, including Indians, came forward to shame the author as the writing had hit their self-esteem.
One reader shared the screenshot of the text and wrote:
“Insulting Indian women is not funny. It was disgusting on [the] author’s part.”
Another reader discussed the psychological impact an Indian living in the United States of America would have after reading such text.
A person wrote: “Honestly as a South Asian woman the most hurtful thing about this is the fact that so many people read this and found nothing wrong with it.
“The fact that brown women have to point out that saying this is wrong and racist is disheartening.”
“This happens in a lot of media. I remember one Tina Fey movie where she is a reporter in a South Asian or Central Asian country and somebody comments that she is already more attractive than the native women just based on the fact that she is white.
“But Tina Fey has an obsession with making Asian women the butt of racist jokes so that is expected.”
One reader suggested alternative wording to express the feeling of the character towards someone special.
The reader said that there was a better approach than to insult an entire ethnicity.
Some Reddit users stated that they will no longer read books by Em Wolf.
Another reader pointed out that the American author is not just penning down racism against Indian women but also promoting sex tourism.
The whole conversation between the characters is based on Tess’ trip to India.
One comment read: “Thanks for the heads up on this author, and I can’t imagine how hurtful that was to read.
“Also – have you considered putting that author on blast if she’s on social media?
“People should be held accountable for the ideologies they spread.”
The book’s passage has stirred up a debate online and has insulted Indians for the way their ethnicity is portrayed.