Comedy about Afghan interpreter moving to the US sparks backlash

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A new CBS comedy about an Afghan military interpreter moving to the US has sparked a backlash online.

The sitcom, United States of Al, by The Big Bang Theory producer Chuck Lorre, was criticised for its handling and depiction of its main character, and for casting a non-Afghan actor in the role.

The show is described as a comedy about the friendship between a Marine combat veteran and his Afghan interpreter who he served with and who arrives in the US to start a new life.

The show, which has a laughter track, was slammed on social media after the official trailer dropped online, and Lorre trended over the weekend.

The trailer shows Riley meeting Al at the airport after he arrives in the US.

“I want to see everything,” says Al. “Washington, DC, Las Vegas, and what’s the name of that place that sells peanut butter and brings it to you on a forklift?”, to which Riley replies, “Costco.”

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