Asian women have long dealt with stereotyping, mocking and ridiculous expectations from Western culture, but you would think that people in the entertainment industry would know better by now. (Very) generally speaking, people in music, film and the like are less inclined to act outright racist, as they know full well that the public will respond with justifiable anger. Los Angeles band Day Above Ground is seemingly unaware of this, as they recently premiered a music video for their song, “Asian Girlz,” a tune which has some of the most racist and race-based sexualizing we’ve ever heard.
Angry Asian Man, who brought the video into the blogosphere’s eyes, deems it “racist, yellow fever bullshit” and “possibly the worst song” he’s ever heard. After forcing myself to listen to the song, I have to admit: he is totally correct. Even without the insanely offensive lyrics, this would likely make my ears bleed. It possesses the musicality of the last squirt of sunscreen being shit out of a bottle.
Here, check it out.
If more than five seconds of that was too much, here’s a sample of the song’s lyrics:
I love your sticky rice
Butt fucking all night
Bitch I love you
I love your creamy yellow thighs
Ooh you’re slanted eyes
It’s the Year of the Dragon
Ninja pussy I’m stabbin’
Asian girl, You’re’s my Asian girl…
Your momma’s so pretty
Best nails in the city…
And you age so well
I can barely tell
17 or 23?
Baby doesn’t matter to me
Well, at least we know that whomever wrote this song is not only a racist douchebag, he’s also creepily into having sex with someone who might be 17-years-old. Funny how horrible personality traits accompany each other!
As Angry Asian Man says, all the lyrics are just “same old racist fetishistic” BS. Unsurprisingly, many other people were upset and began flooding the song’s YouTube page with comments to the point where the band took it down and put it back up.
The model in the video, LevyTran, responded to the controversy on Twitter:
I sincerely apologize to all who feels that I set Asian women back 50 yrs. I know I lost respect from a lot of ppl. It wasn’t my intention
— Levy Tran (@MissLevy) July 31, 2013
Day Above Ground’s repost of the video included this non-apology:
This song is us, Day Above Ground, making fun of ourselves (and many, many other guys) obsession with the always lovely, Asian Woman. It pushes this concept to an absurd level, but at the same time is endearing & submissive.. WE ARE NOT RACIST, HAHA! I mean, look at our band, it’s multicultural!! The guy in the bow-tie, our cutie bass player, was born in Indonesia, and he steals the show!! Please don’t take this tongue-in-cheek tribute to some of the most gorgeous women on the planet too seriously!! You’ll ruin the fun of it all!! Thanks for watching, sincerely!!
Haha, get it! They’re making fun of THEMSELVES by generalizing “Asian Woman,” by which I think they mean “Asian women” and not one singular person whose nationality they do not actually know. This is essentially the equivalent of “hey, we have a black friend, so don’t worry, we can say the n-word and fetishize black women because they’re ALL cool with it!”
Asian women have this reputation of compliance, of “me love you long time,” of being “exotic” objects for men’s amusement. It’s all bullshit, and to perpetuate these generalizations is also bullshit. On the bright side, given the fact that Day Above Ground’s fanbase primarily consists of their own girlfriends, spouses, drunk high school buddies and people who defend Creed on Reddit, I’m at least optimistic that their bullshit will not be carried forward by too many people.
Photo: Day Above Ground’s Facebook.