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huffingtonpost:

Do you think georgetakei hosting Saturday Night Live is a good prank or bad timing?

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UPDATE: Uh oh, Uncle George got you! He is NOT scheduled to host “SNL” any time soon, though all of us at HuffPost Comedy would love it if he did. Maybe one day… until then, April Fools!

So disappointed that this was an April Fools prank!  For the record, after 39 seasons, only one Asian American has ever hosted SNL (that would be Lucy Liu, 14 years ago) so George Takei would have been the second.    As for Asian American cast members?  Zip…

Reblogged from drunkbedelia  13,087 notes

I’d rather focus on the positive stuff. I got to play this amazing woman who didn’t have to sleep with anyone (not that I would have minded) or act dumb and girlie or fawn all over some guy or be a conniving bitch to get people to notice or respect me, and she didn’t speak broken English or karate chop anyone (not that I would have minded). Nobody called her “dragon lady” or “exotic.” She could shoot a gun and drive that FBI SUV like a champ. And all with the extra added bonus of being Jewish. And when I get messages and thank yous from viewers who dig that or are inspired by that, well, that’s what makes any of this worthwhile or mean anything to me. So thank you for that. I love Beverly Katz. And I loved playing her.    ~Hettienne Park

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Stop asking about how Japanese people in Japan feel about Katy Perry’s performance

d2fang:

I see this all the time when people call out cultural appropriation and racist bullshit in the US or other western countries.

"Oh but look at netizens in Korea, they think it’s cute!"

"Chinese international students at my university don’t even think this is such a big deal."

"Look at these comments from Japanese twitter accounts, they love it!!!!"

"Do people in Malaysia even care? Stop making such a big deal out of this. We blow everything out of proportion."

That. Is. Not. The. Point.

First of all, this is analogous to “my *insert poc* friend thinks it’s okay, so it must be” except you’ve extended it to the entire fucking foreign country. And no, it’s not okay. It is not okay because those individuals don’t even LIVE in the country where this is all occurring. Japanese people from Japan did not grow up watching their parents get made fun of for their accented English. They did not grow up having American classmates scrutinize the breakfast or lunch that they bring from home.

This is not about the international community. This is about the Asian American community here. WE are here. WE have grown up here being bullied by the rest of you for our food, our clothing, and the traditions we attempt to celebrate with our loved ones. WE are the ones who had to feel ashamed of our parents or grandparents for not being “American” enough. WE are the ones who hated our “flat faces” or “slanted” eyes or “smelly” lunch food.

AND THEN. After all that we have attempted to do to reject our culture to become more like you, YOU have the fucking audacity to TAKE what you’ve TAUGHT us to reject, and USE it to raise your NON-Asian self to the next level of approval from your peers. And suddenly, everyone loves what you’ve done with our culture. YOU are the expert, not us. Our culture is so cool. Our culture is so fashionable. But only when it’s not on our hands.

So when Asian Americans are telling you that it’s racist, and you try to trump our words with those from across the seas, shut up. Seriously. Shut up. Our parents when they came here were from across the seas, and you didn’t give a shit about their words when they came here. You did your best to silence them with your hate. My heritage is from across the seas and you had no problem criticizing me for it when I was growing up. So why is it okay for Katy Perry to parade around like that? Especially since there were so many (TOO many) inaccuracies in her portrayal too?

Stop missing the fucking point.

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18mr:

Katy Perry has a disgusting, long history of talking about—and treating—Asians and Native Americans as costumes and props. Last night’s AMA performance was just the most bombastic.
Remember when she told Jimmy Kimmel about her Japanese homestay sister, who she was so obsessed with that she “want[ed] to skin [her] and wear [her] like Versace”?
We’ve had more than enough. Join us to let her know that this is disgusting, dehumanizing, and racist.

18mr:

Katy Perry has a disgusting, long history of talking about—and treating—Asians and Native Americans as costumes and props. Last night’s AMA performance was just the most bombastic.

Remember when she told Jimmy Kimmel about her Japanese homestay sister, who she was so obsessed with that she “want[ed] to skin [her] and wear [her] like Versace”?

We’ve had more than enough. Join us to let her know that this is disgusting, dehumanizing, and racist.

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18mr:

Katy Perry has a disgusting, long history of talking about—and treating—Asians and Native Americans as costumes and props. Last night’s AMA performance was just the most bombastic.
Remember when she told Jimmy Kimmel about her Japanese homestay sister, who she was so obsessed with that she “want[ed] to skin [her] and wear [her] like Versace”?
We’ve had more than enough. Join us to let her know that this is disgusting, dehumanizing, and racist.

18mr:

Katy Perry has a disgusting, long history of talking about—and treating—Asians and Native Americans as costumes and props. Last night’s AMA performance was just the most bombastic.

Remember when she told Jimmy Kimmel about her Japanese homestay sister, who she was so obsessed with that she “want[ed] to skin [her] and wear [her] like Versace”?

We’ve had more than enough. Join us to let her know that this is disgusting, dehumanizing, and racist.

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corelliaorbust:

We meet again, Fandom, when it comes to talking about diversity.

The good news is that it’s not Star Wars that is the culprit/subject of this piece today but rather Agents of SHIELD.  To be more specific, it’s some of the viewers and commenters.  I’m not in the mood for flowery language today so we’ll cut right to the chase:

You do not get to decide who counts as white based purely upon what you think they are.

Since Agents of SHIELD started, plenty of people have been quick to note how white the show is with the exception of Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May.  While I am all for more diversity and for calling out shows when they lack it, there’s just one problem here: Agents of SHIELD stars two actresses of color.

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It’s very rare to see the Chinese male actor in Hollywood movies, which is something I take great umbrage with. You know, my son is Asian. He may want to direct one day; he may want to be an actor like his father — and I want that to be open to him. So I want to make some kind of effort to see more of that happen in Hollywood.

By actor Nicholas Cage, acknowledging the lack of opportunities his own industry offers to Asian actors and Asian Americans like his son, Kal-El.
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18mr:

Nearly a decade after “Miss Saigon” closed on Broadway, a revival is on its way. But the musical’s racist, sexist, violent messages about Asian women, white American men, and the Vietnam War don’t belong on stages in 2013.We’re not buying “Miss Saigon.” Join us. http://bit.ly/missedsaigon
Clever poster art by Ricardo Levins Morales.

The Asian American community in Minneapolis has been protesting against Miss Saigon since 1994.    Click here to sign the petition of support at 18MR.

18mr:

Nearly a decade after “Miss Saigon” closed on Broadway, a revival is on its way. But the musical’s racist, sexist, violent messages about Asian women, white American men, and the Vietnam War don’t belong on stages in 2013.

We’re not buying “Miss Saigon.” Join us. http://bit.ly/missedsaigon

Clever poster art by Ricardo Levins Morales.

The Asian American community in Minneapolis has been protesting against Miss Saigon since 1994.    Click here to sign the petition of support at 18MR.