Good Trouble’s Sherry Cola: Alice’s Struggle with Asian Stereotypes in the Comedy “Couldn’t Be More Contemporary”


Like viewers, Good Trouble star Sherry Cola sometimes feels like the show’s writers have a crystal ball that they can use to create current and predictive storylines. The freeform drama has shed light on the Black Lives Matter movement since it premiered in early 2019, and not only tells stories about women in tech, transgender veterans, and restorative justice, to name a few hot topics.

“I always say that Good Trouble this show was ahead of its time and reflected real problems before the world caught up,” Cola told TVLine. “We recently had a table read and then Maia [Mitchell] Texts in our Coterie group chat, [and] She says, “This episode was therapy.”

This Wednesday episode (broadcast at 10 / 9c) is another example that the series is on the cutting edge of what is happening in our society. After Colas Alice’s success in comedy diversity with her impression of her mother, she is forced to grapple with Asian stereotypes in her own sketches. “First of all, I’m very grateful for that [this episode] was written by Thomas Wong and directed by Yoko Okumura. There are two Asians in my community who are just so talented, ”enthuses Cola.

“We saw that a few episodes ago [Alice] participated in this comedy showcase, but at what price? I think she’s put in a box like she doesn’t even notice, ”says Cola, adding that Alice“ can be kind of naive ”and thought she was just doing an imitation of her mother like others don’t- Asian comics mimic their own mothers.

“It didn’t seem detrimental to Alice until Lindsay sort of called her up because she had resorted to her ethnicity, and that makes Alice think twice,” continues Cola. “So we’re definitely investigating this later this week. It really goes hand in hand with representation in this country. The appearance on the screen is a reflection of what it is in that country, and sometimes Asians are put in a box on the screen. We are forced to be the accent, we are forced to be the punch line, and [as a] This is how society and America see us. “

Given the subject under study and current events in the real world, “This episode is going to be really well received,” says Cola. “Due to the devastating gunfire in Atlanta, the Asian community is heartbroken and processed right now, really trying to express itself and just fight back. The community is currently stronger than ever. We are so apologetic and realize that we belong in this country and that we belong in this industry. There is still so much to do and I think we know that. We knew that and I hope everyone else does. “

Once again, Good Trouble is “having conversations that are overdue,” notes Cola. In particular, this week’s hour “couldn’t be more timely when it comes to Asians breaking the stereotype that America and society have imposed on us [into]. The theme of season three in general for Alice is finding your voice and getting into that predicament [in the showcase]Alice needs to wake up and get up for herself. “

For Cola, which is also a stand-up comic, her character’s situation is one that comes close to home, especially when it comes to representation. “Just like Alice the Strange Woman is – she’s checking the box, if you will, for this comedy storefront – so it is in real life. I’m the only one of my people in every category – woman, Asian, queer, immigrant, whatever it is – in a stand-up line-up, ”says Cola. “I think there is still a lot to do in comedy. What Alice is going through is definitely a reflection of what Sherry is going through. “

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