Friday, April 1, 2011

EXPLOSIVE ENCOUNTER: ALEXANDRA WALLACE AND RACISM

Have you watched the popular video of UCLA Political Science Student Alexandra Wallace who made racist remarks about Asians? If you haven't, then it's time to watch the video below!



There are two insights that can be derived on Wallace's video as a format and content of social media.

First, with basic knowledge on the format and impact of online media, Wallace was able to utilize social media in not only venting out her rants as she studies in UCLA Library and a hoard of Asians disturb her; for whatever reason, perhaps Wallace thought the power of social media in creating overnight celebrities and jumped in that bandwagon. With her insensitivity, she took a webcam and recorded herself in her most "natural" and sexy outfit. And by the way she delivers her "insights," she truly made an impact especially on mimicking Asian who pick up a call inside a library and her senseless comment on tsunami.

Second, looking on the content and context, Wallace's rant debases and discriminates. As a result, her video has now swept youtube with an avalanche of raging feedback from different races - from white to Asians.

Obviously, Wallace's Video has not only showcased her shallow mind which led to the production of counter-arguments either in the form of a song (such as by Jimmy Wong) and  a parody of an Asian Girl who wears a blonde wig. She also proved that insensitive people still exist in the world despite the possession of a degree. Check out the video below.

(1) Ching Chong! Asians in the Library Song (Response to UCLA's Alexandra Wallace) by Jimmy Wong




(2) Asians in the Library - UCLA Girl parody / spoof


 I can't help it. Kaboses ni Ruffa Gutierrez yung babae sa Parody Video. What ya think?

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