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Term "Slumdog" Offends Some Mumbai Slum Residents

Term "Slumdog" Offends Some Mumbai Slum Residents

Slumdog Millionaire presents an intimate and inspiring look into life in Mumbai, India and its success could do much to promote diversity in the entertainment industry and increase global awareness among movie goers. Even so, some residents of Mumbai's slums have taken issue with the title, calling it insulting.

Speaking at a protest outside one of the actor's homes, a teenage resident of Mumbai's slums told the AP: "I am poor, but don't call me slumdog. I don't want to be referred to as a dog." Still, actor Anil Kapoor defends the movie, which he thinks will be an inspiration to children, adding that, "Children from the slums are actually called much worse names."

Does using a derogatory name to describe the hero of an award-winning move signal a triumph for slum residents, or is the term still simply offensive?

Photos courtesy of Fox Searchlight

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