Radar Online’s list of racial stereotypes in the movies

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Radar Online just published a great list called From Borat to Mammy: The top ten stereotypes in cinema history:

Hollywood has a long history of racial insensitivity—stereotypes are its stock in trade. But, as with Borat, watchdog groups are too quick to sound the alarm when things get out of hand. Unfortunately for film-goers with less-fragile constitutions, some of the most deliciously offensive characters in cinema have been relegated to the dustbin as a result. Where were the Golden Globes when Long Duk Dong dropped his L’s in Sixteen Candles? It just doesn’t seem fair. Come with us on a tour of Hollywood’s walk of shame, where we gaze, slack-jawed, upon the ten best stereotypes ever captured on film.

(Hat tip to Angry Asian Man.) So who’s on the list?

Long Duk Dong
From: Sixteen Candles, 1984
Played By: Gedde Watanabe
Groups Offended: Asians, exchange students

Speedy Gonzales
From: The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, 1981; various Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies animated shorts
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Groups Offended: Mexicans, mice

James ‘Buffalo Bill’ Gumb
From: The Silence of the Lambs, 1991
Played By: Ted Levine
Groups Offended: Gays, transsexuals, lesbians, serial killers, cannibals

Dick Hallorann
From:The Shining, 1980
Played By: Scatman Crothers
Groups Offended: African-Americans, mystics, Lady Cleo, Dionne Warwick, most of the Psychic Friends Network

Jar Jar Binks
From: Star Wars: Phantom Menace, 1999; Attack of the Clones, 2002; Revenge of the Sith, 2005)
Voiced By: Ahmed Best
Groups Offended: Jamaicans, nerds

Pagoda
From: The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001
Played By: Kumar Pallana
Groups Offended: Indians, hipsters

Grand Vizier Jafar
From: Aladdin, 1992
Voiced By: Jonathan Freeman
Groups Offended: Arabs, street urchins

Caiaphas
From: The Passion of the Christ, 2004
Played By: Mattia Sbragia
Groups Offended: Jews, Jews for Jesus

Mr. Yunioshi
From: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961
Played By: Mickey Rooney
Groups Offended: Asians

Mammy
From: Gone With the Wind, 1939
Played By: Hattie McDaniel
Groups Offended: African Americans

links for 2007-01-31

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by Carmen Van Kerckhove

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Clemson University students also throw “gangsta party” on MLK day

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by Carmen Van Kerckhove

I’m with Philip on this. These pictures make me want to vomit. As if the head-to-toe blackface wasn’t enough, some girl had to stuff the seat of her pants to give herself an exaggerated butt?

According to this article, the students did not realize their “gangsta theme” party would coincide with MLK day and shocker, they did not realize this would be offensive to anyone:

Students who organized the party have come forward to school officials to express a desire to reach out to those who were offended by the event and the pictures posted of it, said Robin Denny, the university news services director.

“The students said this was not intended to be offensive to anybody at all and (they) did not realize it would be,” Ms. Denny said.

I’d like to hear from students of color at Clemson or any of the other universities that have thrown these “ghetto” or “gangsta” parties. I can’t imagine what it would be like to know that my classmates are indulging in this kind of racism.

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Tell a funny story about your parents to win 2 great DVDs!

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Asian-American parenting blogs Kimchi Mamas and Rice Daddies have teamed up for a special contest giveaway. You can win one of five super prize packs that includes one copy of The Motel DVD and a poster signed by its cast and one copy of Red Doors with accompanying poster.

What do you have to do? Pick one of these two things:

1) Share your funniest story about your dad in the comments section of this Kimchi Mamas post. Be sure to include your email address, and they’ll enter you in a drawing.

or

2) Share your funniest story about your mom in the comments section of this Rice Daddies post. Be sure to include your email address, and they’ll enter you in a drawing.

The contests will be open until Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 12:01am PST. Check back on Monday to find out who won. Let the fun begin!!

Needless to say, you don’t have to have an Asian parent to enter the contest.

Link Love: Angry Asian Man

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

Continuing our new series on Racialicious: Link Love! I’m going to use this series to shine a spotlight on some of the blogs that I consider daily must-reads. So if you’re looking for new blogs to add to your daily media diet, you’re in the right place.

Many of you probably already read Angry Asian Man regularly. But if you’re not familiar with his blog, run – don’t walk! As someone who’s been blogging since 2001, Phil Yu can definitely be considered an OG in the blogosphere.

His blog is a one-stop shop for any and all news, events and issues related to Asian America. But Angry Asian Man goes beyond that. The blog has played a crucial role in getting the word out about some of the biggest Asian-American protest campaigns over the past few years: from Abercrombie & Fitch’s racist “Two Wongs Can Make It White” T-shirts to Details magazine’s “Gay or Asian?” column.

Phil was profiled in The Washington Post a couple years ago and the article’s description of his blog is pretty good:

The site doesn’t boast big numbers — about 60,000 hits a month, Yu says — but since launching in February 2001, it’s become a daily must-read for the media-savvy, socially conscious, pop-cultured Asian American. It’s part Gawker (“Check out this Bud Light commercial. Just another Asian karate dude . . . getting his [butt] kicked . . . By an old lady . . . That’s racist! “); part Drudge Report (“New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson acknowledges in his new autobiography that Wen Ho Lee was ‘mistreated’ “); part Ain’t It Cool News (“The new TV drama, ‘Inconceivable,’ starring Ming Na, premiered last night on NBC . . . Hopefully, they’ll give her more to do than they did on ‘ER.’ “). But it’s also altogether original.

links for 2007-01-30

Addicted to Race 57: Is Barack Obama really black?

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

addicted to raceA brand-new episode (No. 57) of Addicted to Race is out! Addicted to Race is New Demographic’s weekly podcast about America’s obsession with race.

Carmen is joined by guest co-host Mat Johnson in this episode. Born and raised in Philly, Mat Johnson grew up in the Germantown and Mount Airy sections of the city. As an adult, he has lived elsewhere. His first novel, Drop, was a B&N Discover Great New Writers selection. His second novel, Hunting in Harlem, won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He has written for a variety of publications, including a stint as a columnist for Time Out-NY. Mat Johnson currently teaches at Bard College. And his latest novel The Great Negro Plot, is out now in stores.

As expected, we got a ton of feedback in response to our discussion in episode 56 about Asian outmarriage, so listener feedback runs a little long today. To read all the comments to this episode, see here and here. After that, Mat and Carmen discuss two recent articles on Salon.com that question whether or not Obama is “really” black: Colorblind by Debra Dickerson and Black vs. “black” by Gary Kamiya.

This episode features the song “So Far So Good” (featuring Common & D’Angelo) from the late J. Dilla’s album, The Shining, courtesy of Spectre Entertainment Group.

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