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The Mike & Molly Indian joke, which recently aired on CBS, has been slammed by the Navajo Nation.
The joke referred to Native Americans as "drunk Indians" and has sparked strong backlash from some, who have accused the joke as being in bad taste and offensive.
The joke aired in the program's episode last week when Mike's mother Peggy, played by Rondi Reed, made a joke, "Arizona? Why would I move to Arizona? It's nothing but a furnace full of drunk Indians."
The joke did not make the Navajo Nation laugh, and a spokesperson for NN, Erny Zah, made a statement saying: "It's offensive, it's derogatory, it's deplorable. Ignorance is one thing, but this must have passed through a lot of eyes before it appeared on a network show," according to ABC News.
Zah added, "An apology would be appropriate but it can't fix the damage done."
No official apology has been made by either Warner Bros. or CBS, the producers and network respectively for "Mike and Molly."
Zah added, "Alcoholism is a real issue on our reservations and it's not funny."
Mike & Molly is an American sitcom created by Mark Roberts, which premiered on CBS on September 20, 2010.
The series stars Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy as the titular Mike and Molly, a couple who fall in love after they first meet in an Chicago Overeaters Anonymous group.
Here is a video showing a behind the scenes look at series "Mike and Molly":