The criticism came fast and furious. How dare an American sitcom cast an actor who is not an Afghan to play one? Much of this criticism, incidentally, came before anyone actually watched CBS'United States of Al. The fulcrum of this fury, Adhir Kalyan (pictured at top), a South African of Indian descent, calmly addresses the reaction to his role in the Chuck Lorre sitcom. Like Mom, another Lorre comedy on CBS that just ended its eight-year run, Al tackles complex, painful subjects but does so with great humor and humanity.
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