Before the show “Dads” had even aired, I had heard about how it might be controversial in its supposed “satire” and racial stereotypes. After reading The Wall Street Journal’s article and watching the pilot myself, I am offended and disappointed at the show’s portrayal of its non-white characters. It makes me sick to read what was originally in the initial script, with its racist lines and unfunny jokes. Just because Brenda Song is the one saying some of those lines and agreeing to dress up as a Japanese school girl with little complaint doesn’t mean that it’s ok. The sad part is that she’s not offended by what the directors and writers had her do. In fact, she looks at it from her character’s perspective, saying,
"She loves her job, and she’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done. It’s not about humoring these guys and putting on an outfit. She’s going, ‘This is what I need to do to get in this room and get this job done.’”
There are also a lot of people defending the show, calling those of us who speak out about it too PC and saying that we need to get over it. I’m sorry, but if something continues to perpetuate false images and stereotypes about non-whites, I will not get over it. I can only hope that this show gets cancelled very soon.
"The biggest challenge in teaching about racism is to hold double vision. On the one hand, to continually point out that the seemingly real, obvious and biological foundations of racial categories are completely fabricated, constantly shifting and, in spite of their widespread acceptance, not obviously at all. On the other, to explicitly map, over and over again, the devastating injuries brought about by racism, and expose the ways that ideas of race are used to justify gross economic and social inequities. It’s a tightrope walk requiring dexterity in handling contradiction. To expose the notion of biological race as fraudulent, to look at the actual genetics of human diversity and see that there is no such thing as race, no human subspecies, without allowing any quarter to the liberal pretensions of color blindness, to the literal whitewashing of real differences in culture, experience, power, resources. To demolish the idea of fundamental biological difference and refuse to let anyone get away with “we’re all human beings,” meaning “we’re all like me.”"
Aurora Levins Morales, Medicine Stories: History, Culture and the Politics of Integrity (via boyprincessdiaries)
Dolce and Gabbana’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection may be full of color and look decent from far away, but it also does much more than nod at Western colonialism, and not (ever) in a good way. Burlap skirts and dresses + earrings with dark-skinned heads on them = racist imagery of the Western colonial era during which Western nations claimed ownership over lands they had “discovered” and “rescued” from savagery. Dolce and Gabbana’s collection is insensitive, even under a supposed expression of art. Their clothes are reminiscent of a time when non-whites were treated as slaves, animals, and sources of entertainment/mockery. In this day and age, there is no reason we should go back to those times. Not now, not ever.
News video about the free health care clinic held in LA
The U.S. health care system needs to change. There are too many people that need essential health care treatments who cannot afford medical insurance. For those who think that all uninsured people are “illegal” or “undocumented” immigrants, that image is false. With the current state of the economy, the uninsured can include many individuals - maybe even your family or friends. Health care should be a right, not a privilege.
It appalls me that the Florida Family Association claimed that “All-American Muslims” was
"propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values."
Excuse me, but what exactly is this so-called Islamic agenda? Have they ever actually met anyone who follows Islam? 10 years after September 11 and there are still people in America who think that all Muslims are terrorists. The Florida Family Association also completely disregards Muslim-American identities, which undoubtedly contain American liberties and values of hard work, education, and dreams of success.
Crystal Renn Eye Taping for Japanese Vogue Controversy
Model Crystal Renn recently caused quite a stir when a video surfaced of her Japanese Vogue - Dolce & Gabbana photo shoot in which she tapes her temples to supposedly make her eyebrows appear straight. In her interview with Jezebel, she clearly states that there was no racial intention behind her eye taping.
Sure, while she, the shoot’s creative director, and/or the photographer don’t see the eye-taping incident as racially insensitive, others do. Yellow face is neither a thing of the past nor a sudden phenomenon. People have been mocking “Asian eyes” for years. Even to the point where some Asians get plastic surgery just to create the illusion of a double-eyelid to appear “prettier” [aka more white].
The problem with people saying that it’s not a big deal and that Renn only did it as part of the everyday transformation experience of modeling is that those people have probably never been told that their eyes are tiny and squinty. Just like how the people who don’t think Alexandra Wallace saying “ching chong ling long ting tong” (i.e. the creators of Ching-Chong-Ling-Long delivery service) is offensive have probably never been mocked for not speaking English. It is a big deal because even in modern-day America, where we seem to pride ourselves on being diverse and all-inclusive, there are people who genuinely have a thing against Asians.
The fact that Renn went through the whole incident and didn’t think that there was any problem shows a sense of ignorance. The target audience of the shoot is the Japanese public. The model is white. The model puts tape on her temples and simultaneously makes her eyebrows straight and her eyes almond shaped. If you looked in the mirror and attempted to make your eyebrow into a straight line, it is impossible NOT to see the change it produces in the actual shape of your eye. How does one not see this as potentially causing some uproar? Racism rears its ugly head once again.
Bottom line: if that’s the look you’re trying to go for, either hire an Asian model or hire a model with straight eyebrows.
For anyone who might have missed Adele’s performance at the VMA’s, here’s a video of her incredible talent and a little background story on her feelings towards the song. Got chills a couple of times while watching this - a.maz.ing.