After working on the internet for quite some time, I’ve grown a very thick skin. I find myself shrugging off mean comments and not really being affected by much because I’m bombarded with offensive and horrible stuff on a regular basis. Some things make my blood boil like super sexist comments about what women are collectively doing wrong in bed and why people think rape is okay.
So today while browsing, I stumbled across a video that our friends at The Frisky seemed upset about. It’s a music video by aspiring pop star, Alison Gold, that people are dubbing the next Rebecca Black “Friday,” which already is not a good sign. That song is atrocious. Ark Music Factory co-founder Patrice Wilson appears to be behind these musical (if we can call it music) monstrosities. Wilson thought it was a brilliant idea to write and produce a horribly offensive video and put a young, blonde girl at the forefront of the whole mess.
It’s gone viral overnight, so I guess it did exactly what Wilson wanted it to do. But let’s talk about how awful it is. Let’s set aside the lack of quality and the terrible auto-tuning because I really couldn’t care less about that. T-Pain manages to have a career with auto-tune so that’s not the issue.
The issue is the horrendously offensive nature of this song and video. In the video, Alison is dancing around, singing about Chinese food. She really likes Chinese food when she’s hungry after the club, apparently. She makes friends with a large panda mascot (why did we have to involve pandas? WHY?) who turns out to be…Patrice Wilson himself! Yay! Because it’s totally not creepy that he’s hanging out with young teen girls. Oh and note that he’s rapping about Chinese food in a stereotypically-sounding Asian voice.
Suddenly, Alison is wearing a kimono and a bunch of geisha appear to join in on the fun. Hold the phone. Geisha are not Chinese, they are Japanese. Way to group two completely different Asian cultures together!
I literally cannot believe that anyone thought it was a good idea to do this. It’s racist, offensive and stupid. I have to wonder, along with a lot of other people online right now, if Alison Gold (if that is her real name) and Patrice Wilson are trolling us or not. I mean, is this serious? It’s not like calling it a big joke would make it any better, but still.
I feel badly for this girl because she clearly saw what happened with Rebecca Black and thought she could make it big doing something similar. However, “Friday” is not filled with racism and cultural appropriation. “Friday” is just silly and a bit annoying. I don’t think Alison was thinking about the implications here. She’s a young girl, and Patrice Wilson is definitely exploiting her. But on the other hand, did she really read these lyrics and think this was a smart career move?
What do you think about this video? Is it offensive? Just stupid? Tell us in the comments!