Oh. Do I even need to introduce this one? Since this youtube video went viral I've had countless subscribers send me links, parodies, news articles etc. But let me just say this: I think this incident has gone way out of control.
Now let me make it clear that I am NOT defending her. It's clear to me that she's narrow-minded, self-entitled, a bigot and foolish. I'm not saying what she did wasn't stupid. The truth is this girl just ruined her life with a 3 minute webcam rant gone viral. Sounds dramatic right? But new stories are being posted on this by the minute, and not just by some bored kids during finals week. LA Times, New York Daily, and even the chancellor of UCLA himself has commented on this incident. Her name has even started to be a trending topic on twitter. How will she ever show her face again on campus with a student population that is over 40% asian?
Let me first explain what bothers me about the video:
- "These hoards of asian people that UCLA accepts in to our school every year". She refers to UCLA as "our school", does this mean that if you are a student and you are not white then it is not your school?
-Mocking asian family ties. ESPECIALLY the part where she complains about the whole family coming over from china...earth to you. Practically everyone immigrated here. America isn't "yours" either.
-The whole ching chong ling long ting tong junk. Note to self: Write that on tomorrow's final and see if my teacher will accept it as integration of new outside vocabulary LOL
-The complete insensitivity to those affected by the tsunami.
But in all honesty I'm kind of shocked (and disappointed) by the asian community's reaction to this video. I've seen death threats, her address posted, email, contact information everything. Calling her a "bitch" "slut" "whore", and multiple posts encouraging people to contact UCLA school officials to have her expelled...come on now. Seriously?
This epitomizes what I hate MOST about the asian community. One of my friends mentioned he was glad this video happened and that it, "bonded and united the asian community". These are not the kind of issues we should be bonding over. I feel like one of our shortcomings as a community is we pick and pick and pick at people until there is just nothing left. We actively participate and revel in watching people fall, and lack empathy towards those we do not identify with. THIS video should not have been re-tweeted hundreds of times in an hour when I feel no videos regarding Tsunami fundraising where given such attention or passion. The way I see it getting this girl kicked out of school is not going to change her feelings of entitlement or thoughts toward asian culture. It won't erase the bigotry that has been deeply engrained there for many years. She obviously opened up a can of worms with this one, and I promise you guys she is already deeply paying for her lapse of judgement. Regardless of the school's actions, I really don't think she can continue to soundly go to school there (unless she changes her name and gets a great dye job). I'm also pretty sure that at the very least she won't be completing her finals this quarter. I'm sure she's paid enough and will continue to pay in the days and weeks to come.
So yes, she was dumb. We all know this. She should have just moved higher up in the library to the quieter floors (every library at the UCs are like this, the higher up you go the more studious and quiet the people). It would have taken much less time than making, editing and uploading a video to youtube. But the truth of the matter is nothing she said in the video shocked me and It's nothing I haven't heard multiple times growing up. I've been "ching chonged" at more times than I can count. Unfortunately there's a million people out there just like her, and there's better and more admirable things that the Asian community can bond over rather than the video of some silly girl.
So ching chong away fellow Asians hahahahaa!!
And if you become exasperated this finals season, try not to upload a racist tirade on to youtube.
"an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind"
...and doesn't make her or the world any less racist.
PS. I'd also like to note that people kill themselves all the time over cyber-bullying. It's happened many many times before, and your specific IP address is recorded every time you write on the internet (even when you post somewhere anonymously) and all it takes is a court issued subpoena to release your information to authorities. So be smart about the things you do and say online, as Ms. Wallace has learned the online world is the new reality.