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At an event celebrating Asian Americans and Pacific Islander members of Congress, Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii) said that he is “an Asian trapped in a White body.” Case’s words were shared in a tweet by a policy and data visualization fellow, Nicholas Wu who was attending the event.
It is unclear why or what provoked Case to say this, but what is clear is the disapproval for his comment. “Yikes” and “Nope” are the common sentiments being expressed in response by Twitter users.
One user commented, “he defeated half a dozen other Democratic candidates in this —almost all Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander candidates—to win this seat.” After being sworn into office, Case told his new staff, “I feel the Aloha.” Case’s spokesman Nestor Garcia commented that Case was merely speaking “on what his Japanese-American wife sometimes says about him.” Case told HuffPost in a statement that he has “absorbed and lives the values of our many cultures. They and not my specific ethnicity are who I am, and I believe that this makes me an effective advocate on national issues affecting our [Asian and Pacific Islander] community. I regret if my specific remarks to the national API community on my full absorption of their concerns caused any offense.”
206419118 hours ago
A pho restaurant chain owned by Stephen and Juliette Wall in the U.K. went viral in 2013 for trademarking the word “pho” and attempting to sue a smaller Vietnamese business who used the word in their name.
Recently, the White-owned Vietnamese restaurant has come under fire again for their new menu, which includes carb-free courgette (zucchini) and butternut squash noodle pho, cauliflower “rice” bowls, and other vegan and gluten-free dishes.
Despite advertising themselves to be an authentic Vietnamese street food chain, the new menu clearly strays far from the traditional Vietnamese recipes which many believe makes this another case of cultural appropriation.
In an interview with Taste of Manchester, Stephen Wall claimed that while the owners are not Vietnamese, “[they] have all nationalities working for [them], trained to follow carefully constructed authentic recipes using the best, freshest ingredients.” They have also stated on their website that “pho” is pronounced as “foe,” which differs from the Vietnamese pronunciation “fuh.” Years after this incident, people are questioning whether the chain has fully learned their lesson on respecting Vietnamese cuisine and culture after discovering what they were selling as a part of their new menu. Several dissatisfied customers took to the restaurant’s Google page to express their concerns over the chain’s inauthenticity: “Not authentic. I ordered a bun vermicelli noodles with beef and when I asked 3 different staff for fish sauce none of them knew what it was?!! Doesn’t come with your regular salad and pickled veg. Beef was overcooked and hard. Not impressed and wouldn’t come back.” “Absolutely disgusting!!! I think this is total disrespect to my culture!!!!!!” “Not authentic as this is the westernised version of ‘Vietnamese’ food (I’m Vietnamese). The noodles are really hard and the flavours are really bland. If you really want authentic Vietnamese food, go to a family run Vietnamese restaurants.” “Terrible Pho. Warm soup and watered down broth. Minimal meat.“
29333721 day ago
Anna Lushchinskaya, the woman who was caught on camera violently attacking another passenger inside a New York City subway train, is now saying she’s not at fault and was merely defending herself.
Lushchinskaya, a 40-year-old lawyer, was filmed cursing, slapping and then swinging her umbrella at an Asian woman during rush hour at 7:45 a.m. back in December.
Footage of the incident has gone viral, generating over 14 million views since it was first uploaded online last month.
In an interview with Inside Edition, Lushchinskaya claimed that she was attacked first. “The video didn’t start in the beginning,” she said.
The start of the clip showed the Lushchinskaya cursing at her victim then smacking her on the hand. She then removes her glasses and gloves, tucks them into her bag apparently preparing for an attack.
She then proceeded to kick the passenger and use her small umbrella to hit her multiple times.
As the other passengers tried to intervene, one person can be heard in the background saying, “She’s not even fighting you back!” Lushchinskaya, however, was adamant that she was not at fault. “What is the reason I need to step out of the subway if I’m being attacked? What’s the reason I need to do that?” she said. Asked if she was out of control, Lushchinskaya replied, “How am I crazy? I was defending myself to the best of my ability.” The footage also showed Lushchinskaya spitting at the woman and using a racial slur. She was also heard calling a Dominican passenger “Mohammed Atta,” in reference to one of the masterminds of the 9/11 attacks.
The Dominican passenger, named Juan Ayala, also captured the incident on his smartphone.
When Lushchinskaya was told that she had offended other people with the remarks, she replied, “That is too bad. It’s their opinion.” According to Ayala, no one ever attacked Lushchinskaya, who knocked his phone out of his hand. In the end, Ayala made a citizen’s arrest and held on to her until the police arrived.
30532752 days ago
The heinous beating of Yik Oi Huang, an 88-year-old grandmother in Visitacion Valley, San Francisco, has brought together family and community members in a solemn vigil on Saturday night.
The gathering, organized by the victim’s granddaughter, Susanna Yee, aims to send positive thoughts and prayers her grandmother’s way, ABC7 News reports. “The tragedy is overwhelming,” Yee was quoted as saying. “When we visit her every day, it’s joyous to see the little twitches, signs of life.” Yee lamented that she can’t hug or kiss her grandmother as the assault left her with a broken spine, hand, ribs and a shattered face.
According to Yee, her family has been victimized by many burglaries and robberies over the years while living in Visitacion Valley.
She noted that the meeting was also meant to open a discussion on the needed safety improvements in the neighborhood. Attendees have stated that more neighborhood watch programs would be helpful.
Huang was on her usual morning walk early Tuesday morning when she was beaten unconscious and left for dead at a local playground. She remains in critical condition and on life support at San Francisco General Hospital.
Investigators from the San Francisco police have since been reviewing video from the neighborhood and speaking to witnesses to gain information related to the still open case.
Ingleside Station Captain Jack Hart, who joined the vigil, said he spoke to the SFPD’s Special Victims Unit on Saturday. “The Special Victim’s Unit of SFPD, I don’t think have slept since this incident has occurred.” Capt. Hart was quoted as saying. “When I learned of this case, it was just one of the more shocking things that I had ever heard and spending time with the family being in San Francisco General Hospital, it’s an overwhelming experience.” The San Francisco Police Officer’s Association (SFPOA) is now offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can help the arrest and conviction of the person who assaulted Huang.
3613642 days ago
Krystal Whipple, who is suspected of hitting and killing nail salon owner Ngoc Q. Nguyen with her car after refusing to pay for a manicure, was arrested on Friday in Glendale, Arizona, officials say.
The 21-year-old woman allegedly tried to pay for a $35 manicure at Crystal Nails and Spa in Las Vegas with a fraudulent credit card on December 29, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Witnesses say the suspect left after her credit card was declined and drove off from the nail salon without paying for her manicure.
Surveillance video shows Whipple leaving the salon and getting into her car. She was immediately followed by 51-year-old Nguyen, her husband and another salon employee. “The victim ran in front of the suspect’s car. The suspect did not stop and struck the victim with the car,” a statement from the police department said, according to ABC News.
Nguyen later died at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
The suspect reportedly abandoned the stolen black Chevrolet Camaro at a nearby apartment complex.
A civilian spotted and recognized Whipple in Arizona and called authorities.
Whipple was taken into custody without incident by the FBI Phoenix Violent Crime Task Force, ABC7 Chicago reported.
She has a criminal history, including being convicted in 2017 of attempted possession of a stolen vehicle, according to Clark County District Court records. She was given four months in jail in 2018 for violating probation in the same case.
Nguyen is survived by three daughters who are in their 20s and two grandchildren, aged 4 and 6.
More than $35,000 has been donated to Nguyen’s family, which set up a GoFundMe page on her behalf to pay for her funeral expense.
Whipple’s mother and grandmother both went on national TV following the incident begging for Whipple to turn herself in. They told ABC News after the arrest on Friday that they were very relieved.
54582045 days ago
An elderly woman is now in critical condition after being mercilessly beaten on Tuesday morning at Visitacion Valley Park in San Francisco, California.
The victim, who turns 89 next month, was identified as Yik Oi Huang. She was described by her granddaughter Sasanna Yee as “a rosy-cheeked jolly grandmother.” In a Facebook post, Yee wrote that an assailant dragged her grandmother and “beat her up to a bloody pulp” in the park where she usually does her exercises.
According to Yee, her grandmother was attacked by a still unidentified burglar who had earlier broken into her home as she was out exercising. When the assailant found nothing valuable inside the house, he brutally attacked the elderly woman. It was reportedly the second time her grandmother’s home had been burglarized.
Police estimated the incident to have occurred at around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday in the 1000 block of Visitacion Avenue. Huang was found unresponsive on the playground near the slide.
A witness who claimed to catch a glimpse of the assailant before he escaped described him as a “skinny black man” who was wearing a hooded jacket.
Hours after the attack, a devastated Yee made a heartfelt appeal via a live broadcast: “Can we just all come together? The neighborhood here is made up of Chinese, Asians, Filipinos, Samoans, Black people, and we’re all living in fear of each other, and it’s just not right.” Yee said her grandmother sustained multiple fractured bones to her head and ribs and is currently in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital. “It is heartbreaking to see this type of senseless violence in our community and no one should ever endure this level of barbarism,” San Francisco District 10 city supervisor Shamann Walton said during a press conference at City Hall the next day.
Yee said the perpetrators are also being held in prayer because they too are suffering. “This is a very heinous act, yet it also brings light to so many dark places in our society, in our communities. And I just want to highlight that in crisis, we have an opportunity to heal,” she said.
62624186 days ago
A small NYC design company based in Manhattan has found itself in the center of another debate on cultural appropriation after releasing a Qipao print bikini that many believed was promoting the fetishization of Asian women.
Palais Du Dèsir, owned by Fashion Institute of Technology student Vanessa Danelle, posted a photo of the “Chinoiserie” on the shop’s Instagram page with the caption: “Introducing the 💮🎎Chinoiserie🎎💮 mini collection. Shown here is a reversible bikini that can be worn as swimwear or lingerie. One of several pieces in that will be available for purchase on Chinese New Year.” For the uninitiated, “Chinoiserie” is a borrowed French word defined as “the imitation or evocation of Chinese motifs and techniques in Western art, furniture, and architecture, especially in the 18th century.” Since its release, the bikini has drawn heavy criticism on Twitter and Instagram with users calling for the product to be taken down for fetishizing cultural patterns. Comments are now disabled on all posts regarding this item.
The Palais Du Dèsir Instagram account responded with the following message: “There is no Asian woman wearing my clothing so how does it over sexualize Asian women? It’s just fabric and if black people can’t use Asian fabrics lmk where that law is written.” “By you asking me to remove MY work from MY page shows how disrespectful YOU are. You have some nerve. No it won’t be taken down. I’m not here to please you or any of the internet trolls who dislike my work,” the designer wrote. “Check yourself before you check me. Chinoiserie by definition is imitation of Chinese motifs in western art.” The designer concluded her message by stating, “I’m not going to entertain stupidity any longer. My post stays, but you can go.”
608315616 days ago
Five Asian Americans are running in a team of 14-strong progressives to become delegates of the California Democratic Party’s 53rd Assembly District.
They are Valerie Chow, Nancy Kim, Maikiko James, Christopher Myers and Kristina Wong of Team Ordinary Citizen.
The Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMS) are held every two years to elect 14 Assembly District Delegates (ADDs) to represent the district they are registered as a Democrat in.
This year, the 53rd ADEM takes place on Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club Estrada Courts – Gym at 3232 Estrada Street, Los Angeles.
Chow, a veteran media maker and founder of Thirsty Tiger TV, is a lifelong registered Democrat who believes that a living wage, healthcare, affordable housing, humane immigration policies and a sustainable planet are human rights.
Kim, a trilingual union organizer for California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, is a Koreatown-native who has worked with various local community organizations such as Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC) and Children’s Bureau Magnolia Place.
James, a program director with 17 years of experience as art and social issues administrator, is a “proud daughter of radical progressives” who has worked in youth justice, theatre, public interest legal support for survivors and families, and impact and feminist media.
As a delegate, she aims to hold the Democratic Party “accountable to all Californians, not the wealthiest, and fight for policies which ensure people not only have access to, but actually receive what they need to live liberated and healthy lives on a thriving planet.” Christopher Myers
Myers is a food bank worker who runs again to hold party legislators accountable to the needs of poor and marginalized people.
Performance artist and comedian Wong draws a community organizing experience from her creative background, which has brought her to various places in North America, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Africa.
5435801 week ago
Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib made history by becoming one of the first of two Muslim American women sworn in as a member of the U.S. Congress.
While her arrival in Congress was monumental, it was her statement about impeaching President Donald Trump that made the most headlines. “And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Mama, look, you won. Bullies don’t win,’ and I said, ‘Baby, they don’t,’ because we’re going to go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherf*cker,” she told a crowd of supporters on Thursday night.
In response, Trump lashed out at Tlaib, condemning her choice of words as “disgraceful.” “I thought her comments were disgraceful,” the president was quoted as saying on Friday. “I think she dishonored her family using language like that in front of her son and whoever else was there. I thought that was a great dishonor to her and to her family.” However, it was not too long ago when the president himself similarly uttered such “disgraceful” words, Huffington Post reported.
In a campaign speech in 2011, Trump was ranting about Washington and Chinese exports while also using the word “motherf**ker” to refer to China.
Trump delivered the speech shortly before bowing out of the 2012 presidential election race. “So easy. I’d drop a 25 % tax on China,” Trump told the crowd before using a high-pitched voice to illustrate that the message could be delivered with someone saying: “We’re gonna tax you 25%.” “And I could say: ‘Listen, you motherfuckers, we’re gonna tax you 25%.’” he added.
Trump supporters cheered as he delivered his expletive-laden rant.
36522801 week ago
Sadaf Jaffer is the first South Asian woman to become a mayor in New Jersey and the first female Pakistani-American mayor in the United States.
The Montgomery Committeewoman sworn in as the mayor of the township during its reorganization meeting on January 3 with Attorney General Gurbir Grewal initiating the oath of office, according to India Abroad.
Jaffer, who has been living in the township for five years, was elected to the committee last year on the Democratic Party ticket. “To me, Montgomery is all about the people that make up our vibrant community,” the Pakistani-American politician said in a statement via India Abroad. “I love attending local events, from the South Asian Charity Organization’s ‘Ootsave’ celebration to the strawberry festival hosted by the Boy Scouts.” A scholar and activist, Jaffer has experience in cultural education and government service. She previously worked for the United States Marine Corps Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning and the U. S. Department of State’s Bureau of South Asian Affairs.
On top of being a postdoctoral research associate in South Asian Studies at Princeton University where she teaches courses on South Asian, Islamic and Asian American Studies, Jaffer also serves as one of the Board of Directors for Art and Resistance through Education (ARTE). She’s also the Somerset County director for the South Asian American Caucus of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
Jaffer earned her bachelor’s degree from Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and obtained her PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality from Harvard University.
5745541 week ago
A judge in Los Angeles ordered federal immigration officials to temporarily halt any surprise raids on Cambodian immigrants living in the U.S. with deportation orders.
The order undermines efforts of the Trump administration to ramp up deportations to Phnom Penh, which suffered visa sanctions when it stopped issuing travel documents to returnees in 2017.
In his decision on Thursday, Judge Cormac J. Carney prohibited the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to conduct unannounced raids, ordering instead that a Cambodian national with a deportation order must receive a 14-day written notice prior to detainment. “For years, ICE has been tearing Cambodian refugees from their families without any warning, giving them no chance to talk to a lawyer or even say goodbye to their loved ones,” Jenny Zhao, a lawyer at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (AAAJ – ALC), told BuzzFeed News. “The judge has put a stop to that practice for now. It’s inhumane and illegal.” In October 2017, more than 100 Cambodian immigrants — most of whom held green cards — were arrested in a crackdown that effectively separated them from loved ones. Around 70 were scheduled to be deported in “batches” two months later, with a group of nine leaving just before the holidays.
Deportations to Cambodia were much higher last year with a 279% increase compared to 2017. A record 36 — the largest group yet — were sent back in December.
Most of those with deportation orders fled Cambodia as war refugees or defectors of the infamous Khmer Rouge, which left up to 1.8 million citizens dead.
While many of them received such orders after being convicted of a crime, many also reported without failure to immigration officials and lived their lives according to the law.
Phorn is believed to be the first person to return from deportation to Cambodia.
34621391 week ago
Reality TV star Scott Disick has sparked a heated debate online after posting a photo in which his daughter, 6-year-old Penelope, makes what can be construed as a racist gesture with her eyes.
Disick’s daughter poses in a manner slightly different but eerily similar to the “slanted-eyes” gesture commonly used to mock Asian people, while Disick holds chopsticks before a (presumably Asian) meal.
Many commenters took to slamming Disick for taking a picture of his daughter doing such a pose which might be construed as offensive to Asian people: “This is racist when would u even post this.” “at the least it’s inappropriate behavior and insensitive to the Asian culture- I don’t think as a child she is doing it because she is racist, I don’t think she has malicious intent but the correct thing to have done as her parent would be to discuss why it’s not appropriate- not post it- just sayin’” “I’m Asian and I’m saying it’s racist. So did a lot of Asian people here.” Others opined that the child is pulling her eyes upward and not to the side, making it a different gesture altogether and not at all offensive: “As an Asian I don’t find this racist at all. If anything she’s making her eyes rounder but really it’s an innocent child making a silly face.” “She’s being a child and making a silly face. There is absolutely no racism here. They just so happen to be at an Asian restaurant and that’s why y’all are getting so worked up. She could be a freaking Burger King and still make that silly face. She’s like 6 years old guys come on.” “Am I the only one who doesn’t think this is racist? Most people I have ever seen mock Asian culture pull their eyes out not up.”
45969311 week ago
Travel Instagrammer @mindbodycolleen is under fire for saying many Indian people don’t have an iPhone and that they wouldn’t know how to use the latest iPhone X model.
The account is run by Colleen Grady, a model from Indianapolis, Indiana. The now-deleted post which has been widely shared on Facebook shows @mindbodycolleen, who lost her “sleek, expensive, 5-month-old iPhone X” on the streets of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, India. “Yep, I lost it in the poorest most overcrowded country I have ever visited and one of the most scammy tourist cities in all of India,” she wrote. “I dropped it putting it into my purse. I think I subtly knew the moment I did but consciously did not realize it for about 10 minutes after. Frantically we raced back to the place we were when I slipped it in my bad. We had no luck.” The 24-year-old model went on to describe how she was “frozen in shock” by what happened. The owner of the guesthouse they were staying in helped the woman by leaving messages in Hindi on Grady’s phone just in case anyone finds it. “I felt kind of hopeless. That cellphone is worth more money than some people in this country will have their whole lifetime,” she wrote. “The phone was locked and iPhone X’s are really complicated to work if you haven’t had one. So even if someone found it I they probably would not even know what do with it, how to get service, or how to even work the screen.” Later that same day, a person called her back using her phone and informed her that the device was found.
In a condescending tone, Grady said that it was a miracle that the person who found her iPhone X also owns the same model. “Now that is another miracle in itself because hardly anyone in this country has an iPhone period. They gave it back with no problems and didn’t want anything in return, just blessings.” After her post went viral on social media and was called out on Instagram, Grady immediately deactivated her Instagram account and publicly apologized for what happened in her own blog.
55369911 week ago
Andrew Zimmern, a celebrity chef and host of “Bizarre Foods” on the Travel Channel, has reportedly been fired following calling Midwest Chinese-American restaurants “horsesh*t.” Sources close to the matter confirmed to Page Six that filming on “Bizarre Foods” and its sister show, “The Zimmern List,” have both been canceled midseason.
The two Travel Channel shows have also been bumped by network owner Discovery, Inc. from prime time to a graveyard rotation on Saturday morning.
A representative from the network said in a statement that the decision to move the two shows to a rotation on Sunday mornings came before Zimmern’s controversial comment during an interview with Fast Company. “The shows, along with other food content on Travel, will no longer air on prime time, but on Saturday mornings in rotation. This decision came before Andrew’s comments were made,” the statement reads.
Zimmern drew massive outrage from the Asian American community late November 2018 when he made the comment: “I’m saving the souls of all the people from having to dine at all these horseshit restaurants masquerading as Chinese food that are in the Midwest.” Many in the community were outraged by what the 57-year-old chef said. An Eater piece opined that Zimmern’s words imply “Chinese-American restaurants throughout the region are somehow illegitimate.” Despite apologizing for his remarks, the backlash against Zimmern continues with The Washington Post publishing a story featuring comments from Asian Americans in Minnesota.
Eve Wu, a baker, expressed her solid support for P.F. Chang’s after Zimmern labeled the chain a “rip-off.” “I’ll back P.F. Chang’s and their family any day of the week. Asians forever!” Wu told the publication. “If we have to be the generation that is going to be calling out problematic behavior, because in the past it hasn’t been, then I’m going to do it. . . . I will do a 100-year war with him.”
31244401 week ago
A 15-year-old boy has been charged for taking part in a mob attack in a Chicago subway station that left a man with a broken eye socket and injured two other people.
A video first posted on Facebook shows a man of Asian descent being beaten during one of the multiple attacks that started on December 29 at the Chicago Avenue Red Line station:
Two men ages 28 and 26, as well as a 29-year-old woman, were waiting for a train at around 7:30 p.m. at the station when the large group of teenagers started kicking and punching them, according to police.
One of the group members thought that the 26-year-old man was recording them. That’s when the teenagers reportedly began landing blows on the victims.
All three suffered bruising and lacerations to the face and body.
The 28-year-old, who has been a resident of Chicago for nearly three years, was rushed to the University of Illinois Hospital, where he was being treated for a fractured eye socket.
Police released surveillance images of multiple suspects over the past few days following the attack.
The 15-year-old boy was charged with felony aggravated battery and mob action for the State/Chicago Red Line station attack, according to Chicago police and a statement from Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd). The teen appeared in juvenile court on Thursday morning, the Chicago Sun-Timesma reported.
About “eight to ten other offenders” were seen “delivering multiple punches and kicks” to two of the victims, police said.
Saturday’s attack at the station followed a string of similar mob actions along the Magnificent Mile.
Friends of the suspects have made racist, anti-Asian remarks regarding the incident on social media, according to CWB Chicago.
Some comments suggest that a group of young men known collectively as “Duhh Boys” targeted the 28-year-old man for his Canada Goose jacket, which the attackers did not get a hold of.
Others put the attackers on blast for their actions.
36308451 week ago
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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have named a suspect and released surveillance footage regarding a murder that took place on December 29.
The suspect has been identified as 21-year old Krystal Whipple. Whipple had attempted to drive off from the nail salon without paying the $35 fee for her manicure.
The surveillance footage, released by LVMPD, reveals the rest; it features an introduction and narration by Lt. Ray Spencer of the LVPD Homicide Section. “I’m coming to you today with a plea for assistance in solving a recent case involving the death of a local woman outside a nail salon,” he says.
In the footage, Whipple can be seen speedily walking into her car and driving off. The victim, 51-year old salon owner Ngoc Q. Nguyen, ran in front of the vehicle to stop her from escaping; Whipple then sped through her, trampling her and trapping her under the car.
Nguyen was later brought to University Medical Center Trauma and eventually pronounced dead. Nguyen, mother of 3, is survived by her children as well as her husband Sonny Chung, who co-owned the nail salon with Nguyen. Chung told NBC 5 “(Whipple) ran off for $35 and killed my wife — $35 to run my wife over.” Lt. Spencer and the LVMPD are calling for anyone with information to contact the police in order to find Whipple and bring her to justice. “We are asking the public,” he says, “if you have knowledge of Whipple’s whereabouts or if you have any information about this case, to please contact the LVMPD Homicide Section.” Click link in bio to watch the police's message to the public as well as a link to the GoFundMe.
35755581 week ago
Comedian Louis C.K. sparked criticism for his stand-up routine in which he reportedly dissed survivors of the Parkland High School shooting in Florida, a tragedy which left 17 innocent people dead.
The 51-year-old comic, who went on a brief hiatus following multiple sexual misconduct accusations in 2017, is apparently back doing stand-up at comedy bars.
His latest comedy set at the Governor’s Comedy Club in Long Island, New York emerged online on Sunday and has since been widely shared on social media.
While Louis C.K. immediately drew some ire for his statements on the Parkland school shooting survivors, it was only after netizens of color began pointing out that his racist jokes against Asian men were noticed. “My life is over. I don’t give a shit. You can, you can be offended, it’s OK. You can get mad at me. Anyway. So why do black guys have big dicks? Let’s talk about that for a minute.” He then went on discussing African American male genitalia, before digging on racial and sexual stereotypes that perpetuate the emasculation of Asian men. The “joke” is at the 33-minute mark in the YouTube video below: “You know why Asian guys have small dicks. ’Cause they’re women. They’re not dudes. They’re all women. All Asians are women. And they have big clits, really big clits, and when they have sex they just stick their clits in each other’s pussies and then they procreate using math,” he can be heard as saying.
While the so-called jokes drew laughs from the audience, some netizens did not find them amusing and expressed their disgust on social media.
Here’s what the comedian has to say about the reactions:
His tweets are noticeably a far cry from his 2017 statement on stepping back to listen.
519411072 weeks ago
An Australian musician has earned the collective ire of Asian netizens after dissing a popular Asian dish on social media. “I Killed The Prom Queen” guitarist Jona Weinhofen recently posted an image of a Chinese hot pot on Twitter with the caption: “Meat eaters be like ‘vegan food looks and tastes gross’ And then eat something that looks like leftover dishwater.” The actual tweet, shown below, generated immediate backlash after the proud vegan posted it on Thursday.
Reactions ranged from ridicule to accusations of ignorance and racism:
Meanwhile, some Twitter users offered Weinhofen some useful advice:
Journalist Jeff Yang did not mince words and gave the unapologetic Weinhofen a title the internet will remember him by beyond 2018.
Yang went on to discuss the history of hot pot and its common vegan ingredients such as tofu, which are now popular among many vegetarian consumers. “When @jonaweinhofen mocks traditional Chinese fare to condescendingly push borrowed beliefs, he should know that he’s part of a vast exploitative program designed to repackage nonwhite staple fare and commercialize it for white bellies, crushing native cultures as it goes.” “Also the delicious huoguo @jonaweinhofen mocks as ‘dishwater’ began as a cold-weather mainstay of poor Chinese seeking to stretch scarce meat into a hot meal made mostly of plant products.”