Asian Girlz

Asian Girlz

Updated Aug 02, 2013 at 12:46AM EDT by Brad.

Added Aug 01, 2013 at 07:15PM EDT by Don.

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Overview

“Asian Girlz” is a 2013 alternative rock song by Los Angeles-based band Day Above Ground. Upon its release in July 2013, both the song and its music video became widely criticized for promoting racial stereotypes and objectification of Asian women.

Background

On July 29th, 2013, Day Above Ground[3] uploaded the official music video for the song “Asian Girlz” to YouTube, which featured model Levy Tran parading in front of the band members serenading her inside a small bird cage (shown below). In the first 48 hours, the video gained over 235,000 views, 16,900 down votes and 6,300 comments.



Asian girl, She’s my Asian girl
You’re my Asian girl, You’re my Asian girl
You’re my Asian girl, She’s my Asian girl
Yes, my Asian girl, You’re my Asian girl

I love your sticky rice
Butt fucking all night
Korean barbecue
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
You’re my Asian girl, She’s my Asian girl
You’re my Asian girl, She’s my Asian girl
Yes, my Asian girl, You’re my Asian girl

Superstitious feng shui shit (what)
Now lay your hair by the toilet
I’ve got your green tea boba
So put your head on my shoulder
Your momma’s so pretty
Best nails in the city
Pushing your daddy’s Mercedes

Asian girl, She’s my Asian girl
You’re my Asian girl, You’re my Asian girl
You’re my Asian girl, She’s my Asian girl
Yes, my Asian girl, You’re my asian girl

New Year’s in February (February?)
That’s fine with me (I guess)
Yeah, shark soup (What? Fuck it, we’ll eat it)
Oh, tradition, tradition, tradition, yeah yeah
Baby, you’re my Asian girl
You’re legally (best kind)
So baby marry me
Come on sit on my lap (right here baby)
Or we’ll send you back
And you age so well
I can barely tell
17 or 23?
Baby doesn’t matter to me

Asian girl, She’s my Asian girl
You’re my Asian girl, You’re my Asian girl
You’re my Asian girl, She’s my Asian girl
Yes, my Asian girl, You’re my asian girl

Arcadia
J-Town
Alhambra
K-Town
Temple City
Don’t forget Chinatown
Get down
Happy endings all over
Bruce Lee
Toyota
Spicy tuny
Sashimi
Tasty Garden
Fried Lice
Sailor Moon
Wonton soup
Spring roll
Tibet
Foot rub rub a down down down
Fa ra ra ra ra ra ra ra ra ra ra
Tofu
All over you all over me

Notable Developments

Online Reaction

On the following day, the blog Angry Asian Man[1] posted a critique of the music video, denouncing the song’s lyrics for being racist and calling the production “pretty much the worst thing ever made.” Immediately after, Redditor Consciouswrdsbt submitted a link to the blog post on the /r/asianamerican[2] subreddit, where it received more than 70 up votes and 80 comments in the next 48 hours. On the following day, YouTuber DavidSoComedy uploaded a video criticizing the song’s racist lyrics (shown below), which garnered upwards of 120,000 views and 2,100 comments in the next 24 hours.



Day Above Ground’s Response

On July 31st, 2013, Tran posted several tweets apologizing for offending those who found the video racist.





Shortly after, the YouTube description for the video was modified with an apology from the band claiming that the song and video were not meant to be racist.

This is Day Above Ground reposting this video with a new description as a response to all the comments we received on this video. We appreciate all the criticism and support. Our song “Asian Girlz” was not written with any malicious, hateful, or hurtful intent. We know it is racy and does push the boundaries further than other songs out there. Understand that we do not promote or support racism or violence. We love everyone no matter what race, religion, or sexual orientation. Please respect our decision to delete any violent, insensitive, or hurtful comment and also one that supports racism. We hope that we can continue with our lives with much love and peace.

News Media Coverage

In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the controversial video, including Complex,[5] Jezebel,[6] Gawker,[7] Thought Catalog,[8] UpRoxx,[9] The Daily Beast,[11] Fox News,[12] The Huffington Post,[13] Shangaiist,[14] Mediaite[10] and BuzzFeed.[4]

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