Thursday, March 26, 2009

oh heck no

I don't care if this was supposed to be funny, or a critique of the ways that Asians and Asian Americans are seen in the United States. I really don't care. Sometimes, satire doesn't work. And other times, arousing humor is not the best way to begin what needs to be a very serious discussion about race and gender politics.

Mixed Company, an a capella group at Yale University, may have taken their trip back to their roots as a sketch comedy and singing group a little too far. What do you think?:

Don't even get me started on the out of sync dancing, sexual innuendo or the Model Minority Myth allusions. This is not funny, it's reprehensible.

Oh HELLS no. I wrote this comment in response:

"What a terrible video. I don't care whether this was done by Asian American women or not; it's offensive and perpetuates negative stereotypes of Asian women either way. Thanks, Mixed Company, for furthering the image of Asian women as fobby, hypersexualized model minorities who are the willing subjects of "yellow fever."
snaps homegirl
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