Never Have I Ever: 10 Indian stereotypes that make the show absurd

1. All Indians are Hindus

Never Have I Ever seems to give off this strong impression that Indians = Hindus. They only address the facts once in the episode “…Felt Super Indian” where Devi is giving Paxton the “Wikipedia page on India.”

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2. All Indians care about Ivys and perfect scores

In the same episode (“…Felt Super Indian”), Devi sets off to woo Ron into becoming her college mentor. Her mom is seen asking her to pray for getting into Princeton during Ganesh Puja. The word “Princeton” is also mentioned at least 5 more times throughout the entire series. Not every Indian is dying to get into an Ivy League school.

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3. Therapy is not for brown people

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This one is more of a half and half. Though the show is breaking the stereotype by having Devi see a therapist from the start, Devi’s mom Nalini does end up mentioned near the end that therapy is for white people. However, we could say that since Devi had become paralyzed and lost her dad at the same time, therapy wasn’t that terrible.

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4. Indian aunties love to gossip

Coming back to the “…Felt Super Indian” episode in Never Have I Ever, we see so many Indian aunties gossiping about others, making unnecessary comments on Devi’s and Nalini’s life. In real life, nobody goes to the lengths that they do in the show. People are actually quite decent. That level of gossip isn’t a thing even in India.

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5. Indians are pure vegetarians

This one I take personal offense to since I’m Indian and I love my meat. Now since Devi’s family was Hindi, it would have made more sense to say no to beef. But no to meat altogether? That’s too absurd.

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6. Non-arranged marriage brings shame for you and your entire future generation

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We see Kamala worrying so much about her arranged marriage, stressing out on how she can tell her family about her boyfriend Steve. Arranged marriages are not really a thing these days, even in India. I’d say the practice is almost as old as the Dowry system.

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7. Indians have Islamophobia

This is a very terrible stereotype that Never Have I Ever show portrays. We see all the Indian families avoiding a girl at Ganesh Puja because she disobeyed her parents by marrying a Muslim man. They also show her regretting her actions since she got divorced, and advises Kamala not to make the same mistake as she did.

8. The mothers-in-law hates progressive, western Indian brides

In another episode of Never Have I Ever, see Nalini preparing Kamala for the Skype call with her potential in-laws. Instead of letting Kamala talk about her education and interests, she plays into glorifying her cooking skills. She even goes as far as telling Kamala that she can’t wear western clothes and that the mother will be looking for a daughter-in-law that is an exact copy of herself.

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9. Indian parents hate dating, or even talking to the opposite gender

Nalini continually attempts to spy on Devi when she talks with Paxton. She also was disgusted when she found him sitting on the side of her hospital bed. Not all Indian parents are against dating.

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10. The book is blessed and can’t touch the ground

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Even in India, I don’t remember when I was told not to allow the book to touch the ground, even after doing prayers/puja with the textbooks. That practice is so rare, “stereotype” is an understatement.

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Extras

  • What’s up with those weird accents?
  • There is always a hot guy on the swim team
  • Getting a boyfriend is top priority for sophomore year

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