Alison Gold's Chinese Food
is the latest "pop" "hit" out of ARK Music to be making the rounds, following the footsteps of Nicole Westbrook's It's Thanksgiving
and, of course, Rebecca Black's Friday
. Beyond its hilariously forced lyrics and meter, which are par for the course, Chinese Food is being roundly criticized
for being more than a little bit racist
—and its racism is hardly culturally accurate, either: subtitles are shown throughout the song which shift to a number of different non-Chinese languages, including Hebrew and Arabic, and the song's climax includes a number of women dressed as geishas. But ARK Music's Patrice Wilson, aka Fat Usher
, is more self-aware than he's sometimes given credit for, and his music comes close to Tim and Eric territory at times (Eric Wareheim's music videos
have also been called out for dealing with race in highly problematic ways
). In a little-seen but very funny response to Friday, his song Happy
, Wilson lampoons both his own approach to songwriting, and the response Friday received afterwards. Another Alison Gold song produced by Wilson and ARK, Skip Rope
by "Tweenchronic", that might be the proof that ARK is cleverer and more deliberate in its approach than its millions of anti-fans recognize. (Wilson was interviewed by Gawker
and the LA Times
in the wake of Friday; his recent defense of Chinese Food
was either disingenuous or really dumb, depending on how much credit you're willing to give him.)
posted by Rory Marinich
on Oct 18, 2013 -
Savitri Devi Mukherji.
Born Maximiani Portas in 1905, this French woman of Greek and English extraction would, in pilgrimages to Palestine and India, experience a series of strange awakenings - that she was a National Socialist, that she was a Hindu, that the two were entwined in the struggle against the Judeo-Christian order, and that Hitler
was the living incarnation of Kalki the Destroyer, the final avatar of Vishnu. Known to many as "Hitler's guru," she stood at the forefronts of Hindu nationalism, Nazi mysticism
, Holocaust denial, animal rights
, and the international Neo-Nazi movement. The Lightning And The Sun
, her most famous work, most directly espouses her philosophy, but perhaps the best place to start would be Long-Whiskers And The Two-Legged Goddess
, which is her autobiography as filtered through her many cats. Her nephews were Communists; her own mother was active in the French Resistance; and according to some, the daughter would have shot the mother dead for it. The world is not be a better place for the Savitri Devis of the world, but her presence made this world like none other
posted by Sticherbeast
on Sep 10, 2006 -
Adidas earns the love of the masses once again, this time with racist shoes
! The most offensive part of the design is taken from original work by Barry McGee
. Yeah, maybe it's taken out
(of, say, other work
dealing with racism), or is it some kind of inevitable comic artist attraction to stereotypical imagery of the past
? At any rate, those wily Asians
at Giant Robot seem to like it
, and his fans don't seem that offended
Whether you love or hate that particularly inscrutable mascot, McGee is actually an experienced
, and talented guy
. (He was also married to artist Margaret Kilgallen
until her death
in 2001, and is now the single father of their daughter Asha
McGee once said, "Sometimes a rock soaring through a plate of glass can be the most beautiful, compelling work of art I have ever seen"
. Oh, and p.s.--he's half-Chinese
, you cry-babies ;-)
More on the controversy: 1
posted by ibeji
on Apr 10, 2006 -
The Washington Times--not just for moonies anymore. Racists love it too! White men should "run, not walk" to wed "racially conscious" white women and avoid being out-bred by non-whites. Latinos are "rising to take this country away from those who made it," the "Euroamericans." Muslims are "human hyenas" who "smell blood" and are "closing in" on their "weakened prey," meaning "the white race." Blacks, Coombs sneers, are "saintly victims who can do no wrong." Black solidarity and non-white immigration are imposing "racial revolution and decomposition" in America.
--the writings of Marian Kester Coombs (in the Wash. Times and out of it), her husband (the managing editor of the Times), and Regnery Publishing.
posted by amberglow
on Feb 10, 2005 -
Police dog suspended for potential racism.
It seems that for some time now, Dolpho, a police dog in Pennsylvania, has been singling out black children, which, in the eyes of officials is clearly a sign of racism, and they are calling for an end to his active duty -- not to mention an end to his life.
posted by poorhouse
on Feb 4, 2004 -
Either Proud To Be A Racist Or Sorry To Be A Racist; But A Racist All The Same...
No, it's not
easy being white. Here's an excellent article by Robert Jensen in Mighty Organ
which identifies racism in its most well-meaning form: "Unlike Joe, who was hiding his weaknesses, I think Jim was hiding his strengths. Just as Joe needs to be accountable for his actions, so does Jim. Instead of saying "I am still a racist," it would be far more honest, and more courageous, for him to say, "I have worked hard to overcome much of the racism that this culture handed me. I think I have done a pretty good job. But precisely because of that fact, I have even more of a stake in having other folks - non-white and white - keep an eye on my behavior and hold me accountable
. Racism isn't all the same - but can one admit one's racism and not want to be a racist at the same time? Isn't this paternalism under a liberal guise? So, what is the balance between condescension, white guilt, political correctness and conscious racial prejudice?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Mar 14, 2002 -
In bigot versus bigot, white racist is winner
: "Hey, when you find a black bigot, feel free to censure and ostracize him or her as the circumstance warrants. I don't care. Just don't pretend the transgression is what it is not. Don't claim it represents a significant threat to the quality of life of white Americans at large." (via a2g2
posted by owillis
on Jan 21, 2002 -
Is This Ad Racist?
Conservative writer David Horowitz
has stirred up trouble on three college campuses to date with a 10-point ad refuting demands for slavery reparations. First, UC-Berkley's student newspaper actually backed down
after running the ad, as did UC-Davis
, while the conservative Badger Herald
in Wisconsin stood firm
. I'm no conservative, but I don't think the article is racist at all. It's a reasoned argument, and one I happen to agree with. Is this a case of the PC student left run amok, or am I missing something? Via Medianews
posted by darren
on Mar 7, 2001 -