The Cringe-Worthy ‘Ghost in the Shell’ PSA

What do you get when you combine an unfunny Asian lesbian and a “PSA” about Ghost in the Shell?  You get a video where I felt the cringe bars going up.  I’ve heard before about how casting Scarlet Johansson as the main character in the Ghost in the Shell live-action film is “white-washing.”  I don’t see it that way.  I see the film as yet-another lackluster live-action adaptation of an anime that will join the pantheon of lack-luster adaptations.  But that’s neither here nor there.  An unfunny Asian lesbian decided to try her hand at a public service announcement about it.  Let’s take a look at this.

We start off the video having some little Asian girl looking into a comic book shop.  She goes inside and we see a ton of other little girls in there.  Yeah, this is about as realistic as the “acting” in Cool Cat Saves the Kids.  We have a term for some of the caseworkers at my job – unicorns.  Magical creatures that you hear about but never see.  That’s what the sight of a bunch of little girls at a comic book shop is.  It’s a magical creature that you hear about but never see.  Not to mention the fact that they clearly aren’t actually looking at the comic books.  They are just jiggling them around.

Then we get to see how all these characters in these comics are…WHITE PEOPLE!  Oh!  The horror!  White people in comics!  How awful!  Our little Asian girl desperately looks around for the comic book that has an Asian person in it.  Because, you know, kids only like characters who they can racially identify with.  That isn’t at all a stereotype that has been invented by idiots who don’t know the first thing about real children.  After all, this PSA has an ax to grind.  Never mind the idea that an Asian girl could relate to a white character.  Nope, if it’s someone of a different skin color, then that little girl can’t possibly relate to them.  Man, this video is racist.

It just keeps going.  This endless montage of this little Asian girl who has no interest in any of these comics purely by virtue of the characters not having the same skin color as them.  This character and this video by extension are so fucking racist.  I mean, are we really supposed to just ignore the message of this video – Asian children can’t relate to white people.  That’s what that entire montage was about.  Finally, we see her reach the Ghost in the Shell manga.  The kid opens it up to some random page and is so completely happy by seeing someone who shares the same skin color as her.  Racism.  Apparently it’s in right now.  The kid buys the manga and all is right with the little girl’s world.

Fast-forward to years later and we see some hipster Asian girl wandering the streets looking at random shit.  She comes to a poster for the new movie, and we see it cut back to the little girl we saw that beginning.  I guess the hipster is the older version of that girl.  It cuts between her and the little girl version, and she looks totally heart-broken.  Again, the implication being that because the character is now white, she is instantly bad.

This video’s idea of equality is that only people who share the same skin color can understand each other.  Our shared humanity?  Nope.  Our ability to empathize and understand one-another by shared life experience?  Fuck that!  In this woman’s eyes, the only thing that matters is the color of your skin.  Racism.  It’s the in thing to be.  Because after all, if it’s white people, it’s evil.  And, of course, if it was the reverse of this people would be throwing a shit-fit.  Casual racism is fine, so long as it isn’t white people.  I fucking hate this shit.  This PSA’s ham-fisted message doesn’t land.  Nothing about this works.  And the video ends with an actual statement that movies aren’t real, but have some kind of nebulous effect on real people.  Give me a fucking break.  Where is the evidence for that?  Please, show me some fucking evidence.  Until then, shut the fuck up.

Until next time, a quote,

“Why argue things you can’t prove?” – William Ruckelshaus

Peace out,

Maverick

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Let’s Answer 26 Questions Asian People (of BuzzFeed) Have for White People

I recently learned that there is the perception that us atheists are racist, because of responses that white people have done to videos like this one on BuzzFeed’s YouTube page.  I think that’s really stupid, but I honestly don’t care what people think about my views on things.  Those who want to call my racist can go through my posts and can realize how dumb that argument is.  BuzzFeed asks white people the most strawman questions ever.  If I am racist for giving these questions the answer they deserve, so be it.  Here’s a link to the video, now let’s do this!

Why do you think every Asian person is Chinese?

I don’t.  Do you think every white person is American?

Why do you think a show is “diverse” just because there are one or two black people in it?

You know what I consider diverse – a work that has a lot of characters with different character traits, each being flushed out and interesting.  I honestly couldn’t care less what the race or gender of the character is, so long as they are an interesting character.  Go to the top of this page and you’ll see a tab called Character Analysis: Omar Little.  Click on it and you’ll see that one of my favorite character is a gay black man.  Thanks for wasting no time making assumptions about how I think.

Why are the awkward nerd characters the only roles for Asians in film?

There are plenty of films that don’t have the Asian character as just the awkward nerd.  I just got done watching Babel, which told the story of a Japanese girl discovering her sexuality.  That film and that plot in the film was great.  Or there was that badass chick in Pacific Rim.  While it was clear that she was struggling with English, because it obviously isn’t her first language, I thought she was great.  I could list off how many amazing Japanese and Korean films I know, but I figure you’re talking about American movies, so I’ll stick with that.  Do I think that more Asian people should be granola people?  Sure.  I got no problem with that.  Have an Asian character be the bumbling doofus who puts on a shirt and goes to work each day.

I can’t help but think, though, that if the stereotype about your culture is that you’re really smart, why are you complaining?  There are a lot worse stereotypes you could have.  Like how us white guys are racist, hate women, hate gay people, and hate trans people.  Right, Milo?

Why are all of you talking about our penises?

I can’t honestly think of a time when I have ever talked about an Asian person’s penis.  Ever.  Not once.  Even for Strawman White Guy that’s weird.

Why do you think Asians can’t be the stars of movies?

Do you REALLY want me to list all the fantastic Japanese and Korean films that I love.  Just got done watching The Host the other night.  That movie is one of the funniest horror comedies ever made.  But if you’re talking about American movies, believe it or not, but the answer is partly because other Asian people aren’t keen on it.  Do you know what sells in action movies – white people.  That’s based on markets in places like China and Korea.  They like seeing white people in action movies.  While you blame us for this, you might want to actually look into how your own ethnic group likes whitey.

Why do you think watching Korean dramas and K-Pop makes you an expert on Korean culture?

I don’t.  In fact, because I had a friend who lived in Japan for a year, I found out just how different that part of the world is.  She’s been to Korea and China, and hearing about the culture shock was quite interesting.  I remember reading a book about a young man who escaped from North Korean into South, and how he was culture shocked too.  It was a good read.  I acknowledge what my limited perspective is.  Do you?

Like, does me watching Girls make me an expert on white culture?

What’s Girls?

Why do you cast white people to play roles that are meant to be for Asian people?

I assume you’re talking about Scarlett Johansson in the adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.  I’ll admit, I find this one weird.  But not for the reasons you’d think.  It just seems weird to me for someone who is white as apple pie to be cast as a Japanese person with a Japanese name.  Change the name and I got no beef with it.  Oh, right, you bring up Emma Stone in that Aloha movie.  Given how panned that movie was for its bad writing and bad acting, do you really want to be holding a grudge about that?

Why do you think saying “namaste” is an appropriate way to greet me?

I wouldn’t.  Unless we know each other, I probably wouldn’t even care if I saw you.  I don’t just go around greeting people.  Who are these people in your day-to-day who do?

Why do you think saying “Ni Hao” is a good thing to say to us?

I don’t.  Don’t care about you.  In the slightest.

Why do you think I eat dogs?!

Not gonna lie, I busted out laughing so hard when this guy just shouted that out.  That was funny.  I don’t, dude.  If I am saying it, it’s a joke.  Just like how I have heard plenty of Asian people at college assume that I like Starbucks and angel food cake.  But I’m not just gonna come up to some random Asian person and be like, “I see you have a dog.  Do you plan to eat it?”  That would be rude.

Why do you think Hindi and Hindu are the same thing?

I don’t.  I know that one is a religion, and another is a language.

Why are you so surprised that I can speak English well?

I’m not.  I don’t know you, so I don’t give two fucks about you.  Unless you are someone I know, and know that English is not your first language, I won’t be surprised how well you speak it.

Why do you ask me “where are you really from?”

I don’t.  Not the best wording for it, but I get where people who ask that are coming from.  They are asking where your family traces back to.  That’s not an offensive thing to ask.  They might genuinely be interested.  If you got off your high horse (can you see Texas from there?) for a while, maybe you can talk to people and get to know them better.  And they can know you.  Might make a friend.  I know, shocker.

Why do you think it’s okay to call me an “immigrant” or a “foreigner?”

So many of these questions are just assumptions about how I am.  It’s so annoying.  I don’t!

Why do you think that Indians aren’t Asians?

I do, but I think the reason people can have trouble with that is due to the fact that you all come into contact and regularly have issues with the Middle East.  Think of it like how people tend to think that Russia is part of Europe, even though it is also part of Asia.  Surprised that you don’t have any Russians in this little bullshit question thing.  Oh, right, they’re white.  White people are Satan to BuzzFeed.

Why do you say, “it’s basically the same things,” when I say that I’m from Sri Lanka, not India?

Because Americans can’t read a map.  You’re part of this country, so you should know – Americans are stupid.  While Asian Americans might have a stereotype of being smart, you’re part of this demographic that tests so poorly.  Enjoy being a member of the dumbest First World country.

Why does a “person of color” automatically mean black to you?

Here’s the thing – I don’t like this term “people of color.”  Why?  Because all you have to do is take the word “of” away and add and “ed” and you have colored people.  I hate that people think there’s some meaningful distinction.  And when you ask why people make that assumption, it’s because back when that was a phrase used, it typically described black people.  Thank dumb history meeting PC culture and you all not getting how adding a word doesn’t change a cultural distinction.  Idiot.

Why do you think all brown people are Indian?

Uh…do you not follow typical ‘Murica vernacular?  Most of the time, when people use the term “brown people,” it is in reference to Arabs.  Just putting that out there.  You might want to rethink this question.

Why do you think you deserve a high-five for pronouncing my name correctly.

I don’t care how you’re name is spelled.  I don’t know you, and since you seem like a judgemental bitch, I don’t want to.  There was a Russian girl I went to school with back in the day.  Her name was insanely long and the days I pronounced it right, yeah, I felt pretty good.  Complicated names take work.  How about you cut people some slack?

Why do you think increasing the diversity of the workplace decreases the quality of work?

I don’t.  Far from it.  If someone is if a different ethnic group, but they are more than qualified for the job, they are likely to add to it.  I hope they do.  That means that it adds to the company.

Why do you think it’s okay to call me “exotic?”

I don’t.  I don’t call you shit.  I don’t like you.  Since you’ve shown yourself to be judgmental and not open to feedback, I figure that I never will like you.

Why do you think I can’t see properly?

What is this stereotype?  Does everyone think Asians are near-sighted now?  What’s the source for this?

Why is it weird when all Asians hang out, but fine when all white people hang out?

You think I care who you hang out with.  That’s cute.  I live in the Great White North, dude.  There’s a huge Asian community up here.  Guess what – a lot of that community tends to stick with its own.  Just like the Natives and the black community.  I figure that goes back to the tribal mindset of our species.  Gotta stick with the tribe.

So tell me – what does a sunburn feel like?

It sucks.  A lot.

Why do you keep trying to justify “yellow fever?”

What are you talking about?  The illness…?  Oh, they explain that it’s a propensity for people to want to have sex with people of Asian decent.  I don’t call it a fever.  Didn’t realize that’s a thing.  I looked that up, and I saw nothing from Urban Dictionary.  All the top posts were about the disease.  Part of me wonders how much of a thing this is.

Why are we being stereotyped as cheap or stingy?

You’re mixing up Asian stereotypes with Jewish ones.

Why do you think all Asian people are smart?

Because, statistically, the Asian community does better in academics in this country than white people.  Why does this stereotype bother you?  Don’t you want people to think you’re smart?  I’ve never heard someone be like, “Yeah, I’m a dumb fuck and proud of it!”  Well, unless you’re like an uncle of mine and watch Fox News religiously.  Is that really the crowd you want to be comparable with?

Well, that was dumb.  But fun.  I really should sub to BuzzFeed Yellow, so I can get these videos when they come out . Hey, all of you in my audience – you should send new Questions videos on that channel to my Twitter page.  Link in the About section.

Until next time, a quote,

“Well, you know what they say about assume.”  – Gregory House, House, M.D.

Peace out,

Maverick

PC Culture is Out of Control! (A Response to Suey Park)

It’s kind of become old news now, but there was this lovely bit on “The Colbert Report” where Stephen Colbert, the hilarious satirist, made a jab at the head of the Redskins team and their attempt to appease the people who think that the team name and slogan is racist by making the a foundation that ironically drew more attention to it than took away from it.  Colbert joked that he would found the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.  Classic.  The joke made its way to Twitter, without context, and it seems that the Tumblr, ultra-PC, social justice advocates were completely enraged.  I guess that context doesn’t mean jack-diddle to them.  The hashtag, #CancelColbert was trending for some time, with the rest of the clueless, brain-dead Tumblr and Twitter zealots jumping on the bandwagon, even when one of the women who was offended by this was the same woman who wrote a book about how the internment of the Japanese in World War II was justified.

I have been watching from the back row the changing tides of culture, and this issue has finally crystallized a perspective that I have been pondering for a while – PC culture is getting WAY out of control, and the people who pander it are some of the most easily butthurt people there is.  They are, for lack of a better word, professional victims.

I remember hearing about Rebecca Watson, who got her 15 minutes of shame from a video she made about a guy who was hitting on her in an elevator.  From there, she became a central figure in the atheist/Tumblr feminist community, co-opting a movement whose members are only connected by their lack of a belief in God.  From there, it’s been everywhere.  I’ve done a post about the pop culture feminist, Anita Sarkeesian and her bullshit, seeing misogyny everywhere and using the ire of the Internet to make herself over $150,000.  I’ve talked about the endless stream of women who are a very tight-knit gang who goes out of their way to smear anyone who doesn’t agree with them with being “rape-apologists” or “rape-supporters” and a thousand other buzzword insults.  These are the people with the loudest voice, and it’s growing.  It shouldn’t be.

We live in an interesting age when those who were once oppressed are now becoming the oppressors, all the while claiming that they, who live in the Western World, are still oppressed.  It’s like they see themselves as the suffragettes in Britain.  Never mind the miners here in the States who, at that time period, were also trying to get better rights.  The suffragettes got better rights.  The miners were met by Pinkertons with machine guns.  Suey Park even claims that she is a member of an oppressed class.  Who?  The Asian community?  Last I checked, the Asian community is in very high standing among the regular culture.  There is a very positive stereotype associated with them – that they are very smart and good with technology and mathematics.  However true or untrue that is, that’s a far better stereotype to have attached to one’s ethnicity than black men who have children.  Are you claiming that women are oppressed?  Here in America?  Really?!  Are you fucking kidding me?!  Try living in Iran or Syria for a while and maybe you can see what real misogyny and oppression looks like.  Maybe then you won’t be so cavalier to make yourself out to be the victim of “rape culture.”

There is a neat dichotomy I’m seeing with the women associated with this social justice movement and the women who claim that they are a minority of extremists within the feminist community.  If so, then this majority is a very silent one, most likely writing academic books that no one reads, because we don’t have the time or the interest.  Academic books will always be niche.  For real, there are almost NO strictly-academic books that appeal to broad audiences.  Almost none.

In all of her ranting about Colbert and how angry this Tweet that was from the person who operates the show’s Twitter account, not him personally, Suey Park continually labels and stereotypes her opponents, making them into neat little images that she can vilify, knowing that no one will ever contradict her.  She plays the victim card, talking about getting all sorts of rape and death threats from the “white men” who are fans of Colbert’s show.  Like no women of any character enjoy it.  Right.  Just like the Free Thought Blogs community and their ilk make anyone who disagrees with them a “rape-supporter.”  Or, as Rebecca Watson said, “worse than rape threats,” when she described people who didn’t support her views.  Park went on a long tangent on Huffpost Live about how she was such a victim of “white men.”  A woman who seems to have a very nice place, dresses well and appears to be middle to upper-middle class (a rare thing, these days), is bitching about how oppressed her views are by “white men.”  It’s mind-boggling.

The social justice and PC crowd is getting way out of control, silencing dissent by making anyone who disagrees with them into some kind of horrible misogynist that is getting very rape-happy with the womens of their area.  Joe McCarthy would be proud.  What’s more, they want to institutionalize this kind of behavior, like in an article in The Guardian where Hadley Freeman wanted to make feminism a part of all schools curriculum.  Yet they want us to believe that they are Rosa Parks, taking a stand and sitting in the front of the bus.  When they can’t shame people into being quiet with their PC bullshit, they make like martyrs for some great cause.

This is getting nuts!  For real, Suey Park, you are a professional victim.  Nothing more.  You are not some great leader who has had a bunch of suffering in your life.  You are living in a nice house and seem to have it all going on.  Unless you grew up in the trailer park with your old man kicking the shit out of you, like so many white children that I knew growing up in the poor part of my home state, then you have not had some great tragedy visited upon you and you need to go the fuck away.

And to the rest of the people who got on this bandwagon, fuck you.  Take your ultra-PC, social justice, pro-censorship bullshit and shove it up your ass.  You are making this species dumber every time you open your mouth and pretend that you are the victim of some kind of crime.

I’m glad to say that Colbert weathered this little problem with grace, coming back on his show and making it part of a gag and pointing out something that not ONE of the fucktarded PC whiners seems to realize – context matters.  I wouldn’t call a mentally handicapped person “retarded,” but will say that the idiot who tried to skateboard on a rail and smashed his nuts open is a fucking retard.  That kind of context is something you can’t understand, and if you continue to take this very fascist approach to any and all dissent, I hope you don’t mind that you will eventually be the only ones in the room, yelling and screaming about injustice to yourselves.

Until next time, a quote,

“The Interwebs tried to swallow me whole.  But I’m proud to say that I got lodged in its throat and it hacked me back up like a hastily chewed chicken wing.”  -Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report

Peace out,

Maverick