Racially Diverse Emojis, Now with Oriental Yellow!

True, emojis have been sorely lacking in the melanin department, and even borderline racist (the only current “ethnic” emojis are a dude with some sort of turban-thing, a guy with a mandarin cap, and one wearing a cossack hat)…so having the option to add pigment is definitely positive (as well as same sex couples and families).

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 10.33.57 AMBut Gawddamn, why the Asian emoji gotta be so YELLOW? Like, not even a tawny, golden, mellow-yellow hue…but fluorescent HI-LITER, jaundiced Hep C (shoutout to Puj D!), Pantone Yellow 108. Dude straight up looks like Pac-Man.

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 10.34.16 AMApple countered by saying the yellow tone is intended to be “ethnically neutral” and apparently there’s a precedent for it this “default, non-ethnic” color (more on that here). Yeah ok, that may make sense in techie-speak, but this attempt at multicultural inclusion seems ridiculously naive and wack in the face of social and racial reality…sound familiar, tech industry? Oh, the irony.

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 10.47.35 AMvia HuffPo

*Thanks to Puj & Noms for the emojinspiration

Dan Fanelli for Congress

If you like ads like this:

then you should go ahead and vote for him, Orlando. For the rest of us, please check out this guy’s website and be scared. Cause those ads weren’t made by Colbert to make fun of Republicans. They’re real ads. I especially like his motto: “Keep the change, Give us liberty”. Did I ever tell you that Florida’s the only state in America that my parents have experienced racism?

Thanks JiP.

Complex’s Top 50 Most Racist Films of All-Time

Although I didn’t agree with their choice of Bottle Rocket at #49 (its not THAT trashy, is it?), I definitely agree with Complex’s Top 50 Most Racist Movies You Didn’t Think Were Racist: Numero 1: Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Also props to Complex for finding the little known racist gems like Gremlins (the darker the Gizmo, the deeper the roots), Romeo Must Die (Not even ONE kiss Aliyah?!), Dragonball Evolution (THANK YOU!),  Gung Ho (I didn’t even know this movie EXISTED, but now I GOTTA watch it just for Gedde Watanabe alone), 21 (THANK YOU AGAIN!), Avatar The Last Samurai (duh.), True Lies (finally, this is the first time I’ve seen this movie called out on its racist terrorist shit), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (sorry ShortRound), Song of the South (there’s NO WAY Disney is still selling this movie), Transformer 2 (Skids and Mudflaps ruined this movie for me, but then Megan Fox made it all better), and Sixteen Candles (sucks to be you Gedde Watanabe, you seem to always pop up more than once in any of these lists). But most of my props go to Complex for calling out Rob Schneider for ALL of his movies cause he’s somewhat racially ambiguous (he’s a bit Filipino) and therefore plays everybody’s stereotype:

8. Every Rob Schneider Movie
Year: 1963 (birth)-present

Adam Sandler’s bit-part-playin’ buddy is a modern minstrel who has played (and played out) Chinese (I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry), Hawaiians (50 First Dates), Arabs (You Don’t Mess with the Zohan), and Native Americans (Bedtime Stories). He’s argued that it’s OK because he has a little Filipino in him (ayo!) and because he just happened to be the actor best suited to mock a people. We argue, “Fuck you, Rob.”

Toby Keith Pulls a Miley Cyrus

Another day, another “country” music singer pulling a “chink eye”. Taking a page out of the Miley Cyrus book on how to alienate your Asian fans, Toby Keith (I have no idea who this is, I don’t listen to the three C’s of music: Classic Rock, Classical, and Country), decided to pull a “chink eye” during Will Smith’s rendition of Rapper’s Delight. During the line: “See, I am Wonder Mike and I’d like to say hello. To the black, to the white, the red, and the brown, the purple and yellow”, Toby did this (timed perfectly with the word “Yellow”):

Toby Keith pulling his eyes back as Will Smith thinks, "Oh SHIT!"

The worst part is this concert looked like it was SUPPOSE to be bringing races together, Black folks into hip hop and White folks into country. It was a concert for the freaking NOBEL PEACE Prize for F sake! For a President that grew up in HAWAII AND INDONESIA! Except Toby’s idea of bringing folks together doesn’t include Asians. Come on, you could IGNORE US at the very LEAST! Better that than pulling out the ole “chink eyes”. Also great is Toby Keith’s rep, probably a cousin/uncle (the slash is meant to imply “and”, not “either/or”), in reply to the gesture said: “nobody at the party thought Toby was out of line.”

Oh that’s great! If they didn’t think it was out of line, maybe we should fly Will Smith and Toby Keith straight from Norway to the Miss China pageant this year and redo the whole concert, word for word, gesture by gesture! Lovely! And peep the comments on HuffPo (I thought those folks were suppose to be  liberal/progressives?).

Check out the whole video, Toby Keith ruins Rapper’s Delight around 0:24:

August Monthly Racism Round-Up:

Welcome kids to another month’s edition of the BcB Monthly Racism Round-Up (somewhat late for August). Why do we do this? Cause racism, just like spam, is cheap, available everywhere, and easily spread! (I stole that from Orlando Jones in MadTV).

DO YOU SPEAK ENGRISH YOSHIDA-SAN!???!!

DO YOU SPEAK ENGRISH YOSHIDA-SAN!???!!

Let’s start with something subtle. AzNHeartThrob’s been following the PlayStation 3 Slim and its price drop to $299 cause I’m a nerd. So I’ve been reading about Senior Vice President of Product Development of Sony AMERICA, and in this recent interview with Gamespot, I almost lost my lid:

“As part of GameSpot’s chat with Yoshida–who speaks fluent English–the executive offered insight as to why Sony chose to introduce the PS3 Slim and cut the device’s price at the same time”

It should be noted that Yoshida is VP of Sony AMERICA and went to UCLA’s Anderson School of Business Administration. So yes, I would assume he’s fluent in English, but thank you Gamespot for reminding us of the obvious. On an unrelated note, Shaun McInnis, Gamespot writer, can read, write, and speak English.

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Something pretty damn blatant: A Red Dawn remake? Is Patrick Swayze gonna be in it? Either way, they’re switching out the now harmless Ruskies for the currently most hated/dangerous country out there. China? Really? Carl Ellsworth, the screenwriter, from a Red Dawn Wiki page:

“The tone is going to be very intense, very much keeping in mind the post-9/11 world that we’re in. As ‘Red Dawn’ scared the heck out of people in 1984, we feel that the world is kind of already filled with a lot of paranoia and unease, so why not scare the hell out of people again? It was later revealed that the Chinese would be the invaders and they would be aided by the Russians later on.”

At least hollywood will be paying for some Asian American actors to get murdered by gunpoint or bombed on-screen. A job’s a job, right Ken Jeong?

Lastly, something subtle, but for dogs:

“There’s not a lot of that type of statistics on many aspects of sheltering,” says Kim Intino, the director of animal sheltering issues for the Humane Society of the United States. “But I think that every person that has worked in a shelter can attest that in shelters animals with black coats can be somewhat harder to adopt out — or to even get noticed.”

What? Even for dogs? Really? I can’t imagine the same is true for cats… but this is still disheartening all the same. And if you don’t think is true, READ BLINK by Malcolm Gladwell. It’ll change your mind.

California Apologizes for Anti-Chinese Laws

Since it ain’t never too late to say you’re sorry, the great state of California, in the spirit of recent DC apologies for injustices to Filipino World War II vets and for the institution of slavery, has apologized for the state laws enacted beginning in the Gold Rush era against Chinese Americans in California. According to Time.com/CNN, the laws “barred Chinese from owning land or property, marrying whites, working in the public sector and testifying against whites in court”. The bill recognizes and apologizes for those unjust laws and also notes the contributions of Chinese Americans for their work on the Transcontinental Railroad.

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Although this is a great first step brought about by state assembly member Paul Fong, the next step, which is to have Congress apologize for the Chinese Exclusion Act, which still has xenophobic effects today and contributes to the perception of Asian Americans being aliens in our own damn country, will be a great feat to accomplish.

From Angry Asian Man.

St. Jin Tao Wow Day

Welcome Lou Dobbs, to the BcB Hoebag list. Be fervently against “ethnic holidays” all you want buddy. But when you ask if there’s “an Asian ethnic holiday, you know, St. Jin Tao Wow?”, then you’re going straight on the BcB list. Actually, I remember hearing stories of the late, great Jin Tao Wow from my parents when I was a kid. You would love him, cause he’s the great monkey warrior prince that was sainted for promoting xenophobia and anti-immigration ideals in China in the 1600s.

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This came courtesy of the Angry Asian Man, thanks!