LAist – A video showing a University of California, Irvine frat boy sporting blackface has just a few students miffed, including the university’s Asian Pacific Student Association and black community.
The gentlemen behind the video are members of Lambda Theta Delta, UC Irvine’s first and largest Asian Greek fraternity, and are apparently not affiliated with the APSA. In the two-minute May 2013 installs preview video, Justin T. Nguyen, Tony D. Duong and Philip Lam appear clad in their suit and tie best as they dance to Justin Timberlake’s, you guessed it, “Suit & Tie” single. Everything seems jovial and racism-free until :55, when Rainier Nanquil enters the scene as “Jay-Z.” Nanquil decided to really get into character by painting his face to match the color of Jay Z’s.
And so the outrage begins. The APSA called the video “deeply offensive,” “racist” and “blatantly ignorant” on its Facebook page, noting that the association “strongly condemns the fraternity’s actions.”
As news of the video spread throughout campus, the black community rallied with other community members and marched into the Multicultural Greek Council meeting Wednesday evening, chanting, “While there is racism, we will not rest.” After learning that one of the individuals involved with the video is a member of the Student Parent Orientation Program at the university, activists reportedly took their message to an SPOP staff training event.
Chen refers to the “Suit & Tie” video as “‘the breaking point’ or ‘the trigger’ for all the pent up pain and frustration the community feels,” and protest will likely continue.
Personally I don’t get it. Probably because I live in the South? Jay-Z’s a black guy so Jackie Chan here painted his face so he’d look more like him? That’s offensive? Huh. Oh well. Let’s save the racism outrage for some real racism. Not a couple asian kids getting into some finger paints and trying to get back at the Wu Tang Clan for culture theft.
Vote 1 for “Of course it’s racist Sobol. Go back to your inbred friends and figure out ways to secede you redneck” Vote 5 for “Suit and Tie is a straight banger and after the railroads I’m not sure if Asians can even be racist”.