Last night a friend of mine sent me a hilarious YouTube video. And by hilarious, I mean so utterly offensive and ignorant that it’s flat-out impossible to take seriously, so the only possible reaction is laughter. At the time the original video had a few hundred views. This morning it had a few thousand. As you read this, who knows what that number has climbed to.
You just have to see for yourself. I’ve added my own reactions in the subtitles for your enjoyment, but don’t let that overshadow the comic brilliance of the original material.
What did I tell you? Is this girl not the sorority version of Archie Bunker?
So why did I even bother responding to her video with this one? It’s so obviously ignorant that nobody could ever be offended by this, right? Right?
Although the vast majority of “Asian people” who watch her video will probably react like I did (with uproarious laughter at her expense), I’m sure there are still a few people who will be negatively affected by it. Some students might think twice before having their parents to come visit them at school, or become a little more self-conscious when speaking a foreign language in public, or have nightmares about bad hair highlights.
There’s something like 4 billion Asians in the world, and they certainly don’t need my help standing up for themselves against blatant bigotry. My purpose in making this video response isn’t to stand up for others; like the majority of things I do, it’s completely in my own self-interest.
Just as there may be a handful of people who are personally offended by that video, there may also be a handful of people who see that video as defining white Americans, and that makes it personal.
It’s called the black-sheep effect: “the the tendency for group members to evaluate a disliked ingroup member who performs an offensive behavior more harshly than an outgroup member who performs the same offense”
It’s people like her who reinforce the image of The Ugly American. She might be happy never leaving these glorious 3.79 million square miles of red, white, and blue, but I plan on traveling abroad frequently throughout my lifetime. I plan on experiencing new cultures, learning new languages, and meeting interesting people — especially Asian men, let’s be honest — and I don’t want to have to start with an apology (I want to start with some dancefloor grinding and over-the-clothes groping)!
Did you know that private donations from Americans to the Haiti earthquake last year surpassed 1 billion dollars? Let American generosity and our outpouring of support be what defines our wonderful and diverse country, not some ignorant girl with a webcam and too much makeup.
I encourage anyone to take a moment today to make a donation to help our fellow humans who’ve fallen victim to the recent tsunami and earthquake disasters in Japan. Make a donation to Direct Relief International by clicking here, or you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to The American Red Cross.
Just whip out your cell phone make a difference… even if you’re in the library.