Monday, November 30, 2009

The Influence of U.S. Entertainment: Asian & White

To those of you who say that the American media and entertainment industry has a trivial influence on the way people form racist views of Asian men as opposed to White men are either White American or in complete denial of reality.  A non-Asian friend of mine sent me an interesting, yet not surprising link as to how a group Japanese school girls see a video of a white guy immediately discern him as Brad Pitt. 

Now I haven't seen the video, but after perusing the comments its evident that the White guy doesn't look like Brad Pitt.  That's actually not what I find disturbing to say the least.  I know everyone views people differently and the banality of how "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" has its merit, but the point the I'm trying to make is that the depiction of Asian men are portrayed by Hollywood in a much more negative or emasculated way compared to any other ethnic group.  YES, this topic may have been beaten to a dead horse, but you're gravely mistaken. The horse is still alive and kicking and needs to be beaten further.  As the old saying goes, "The squeaky wheel gets the grease!"

Several weeks back I did a blog post of 5 Asian men making some headway into the American entertainment industry and yet I feel like it really is just blips on the radar.  Its beyond frustrating at times because for once in my life I would like to see an Asian male show some charisma, game and charm in an American movie. Is that too much to ask for?  I'm not asking for the entire world motherfuckers!

Not even Rain in Ninja Assassin, an international superstar, singerdancer and actor outside of the US, who played the lead role as Raizo, was given the opportunity to show any hints of sexuality with a woman. You know kissing and making out??  The shit that men do when we get horny and wanna fuck like any other straight male out there??  But NOOOO...once again, he is pigeonholed into playing a stereotypical martial arts role to prove the rule as opposed to being an exception to it. And for the dissident who argue that ninjas aren't supposed to fall in love are simply ignorant or think denial is just a river in Egypt.  Recall the 80's American Ninja martial farts garbage flick starring Michael Dudikoff - a White American male - gets romantically involved with the general's daughter in the movie. Nobody seemed to be talking shit about how horrible and ridiculous that movie was back then. The acting was terrible, plot worse and don't even get me started on the bitch fighting sequences...yet the main character still gets down with a girl...

At least someone else besides me fucking gets it.  Do you?

1 comment:

  1. I've experienced this. There is a baseball player named Mark Teixeira in the Yankees. I saw a picture of him and it looked just like my buddy Joe (who is white). I sent that photo out and all my Asian friends agreed with me. But all the whites, including Joe himself, did not see any resemblance. They said "You're just saying that cuz we're both white."


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