Kenichi Ebina Wins America’s Got Talent, “THIS ISN’T JAPAN’S GOT TALENT” Cries Racists

publicshaming:

Yes, I watch a little America’s Got Talent. I’m a sucker for variety type shows. This year’s finalists brought us a singer, an opera group, a young magician, a comedian, a country musician, and a dancer. Variety!

Last night, America voted for the talent they wanted to win and the dancer, Kenichi Ebina, won. Anyone watching the show, even just every now and then like I was, knew this guy was the favorite to win. Hell, when I watch, I want a comedian, ANY comedian, to win it. And even with Taylor Williamson, the comedian, in the finals, I was saying it would be completely deserving if Kenichi won. And I love comedy and know little to nothing about dance! This guy Kenichi was just that good.

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Right before the winner was announced, AGT showed a video package about the finalists. I’m not sure if they mentioned this earlier in the show and I missed it, but when telling Kenichi’s story, they mentioned his family was ‘back in Japan.’ My initial reaction was “Good for this dude” followed by “Ohhh boy…” as I realized what this would mean if he did indeed win.

And win he did do. And, like clockwork, the Internet filled itself with crap.

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lmao @ this whole tweet. But, I’d like to specifically point out “the rules” part. You’ll see a lot of this and unsurprisingly these people don’t know shit about “the rules.” If you take a look at the rules of America’s Got Talent any American citizen or person legally in the country or with a valid work visa can partake in the competition. Also, holy shit, do you think a gigantic television competition would let an ineligible competitor make it all the way to finals without checking if he’s able to partake in the show in the first place?

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#TheJap, surprisingly not a very popular Twitter hashtag.

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What a day!

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Yeah, leave it to the majority of American’s who voted to go ahead and not base their vote on bigotry. GOD.

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Can’t have one of these posts without the obligatory THANKS OBAMA.

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"The evil foreigner is stealing the money he fairly won!"

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This definitely not Native American woman who’d like to send the guy back to Japan. Yeah, Janet “HOOD” alright.

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There’s this guy who compares the Japanese guy winning with the DOGS who won the last time.

Let’s not forget the large group of people who need to brush up on their racial slurs. Guys, come on. As racist bigots, you should know the slur “chink” is usually reserved for people of Chinese background…

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You just had to throw in a completely random, nonsensical Miss America reference too, Shauna, didn’t you?

Oh, yeah. We are talking about a Japanese person here…you DIDN’T FORGET PEARL HARBOR NOW, DID YOU!?

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Poor Casey. The talented Japanese man is taking the American Dream away from the bigoted white schlub. 

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"Stupid Asian."

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"What has our country came too?!?!" How dare they vote for the person with the most talent in a talent competition!

And of course there was a slew of the always original THIS IS AMERICA tweet, in the form of THIS IS AMERICA’s Got Talent, not JAPAN’s Got Talent tweets. Here’s just a few…

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Cody seems to be a popular name for xenophobes.

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Ah, the #GoHome tweets. And geography master Jessie here would send Kenichi to the wrong country. Whatever, though! Japan, China…it’s all the same, right?!

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In joining the Cody’s, Colton has just reminded me! Coming up next…people who think speaking English is somehow American!

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But, don’t worry Kenichi. You weren’t the only contestant to get shit from Americans over the language you speak.

Here are a couple tweets from those who were pissed that English-speaking singing trio Forte sang in a language other than English…

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And why did Forte sing in some sort of foreign language?

BECAUSE THEY WERE A DAMN OPERA GROUP.

I take solace in the fact that the winner of this competition is based on how viewers vote, so this time at least these people are the minority. But, HOLY SHIT, AMERICA.



last one and then i’m done, i promise

i’m sick of the kumbaya bullshit 

i get that answering hate with hate is probably bad

and i get that shit like this should definitely lead to greater discussions about WHY shit like this still continues to happen and what we can do to change it

BUT i think it’s also important to consider how far just asking someone to think about what they’ve done will get

that’s a slap on the wrist for doing something so hateful towards a group of people and that’s just not right

people need a wake up call and if you’re big enough to post a video mocking a whole race with age old stereotypes, be big enough to deal with it when those you mocked come back at you. don’t be surprised when they don’t take it lying down and refuse to be polite to someone who so openly made fun of them and continues to defend it as comedy

i’m also sick of these asians/asian americans making their way into these conversations with “LOL I THINK HE’S HILARIOUS Y’ALL ARE TOO SENSITIVE” no you are not a ~special snowflake~ bc you find him funny, you are derailing the conversation. if you’re not hurt by it, that’s fine.  whatever, that’s all you but don’t go ahead and try to invalidate the people who ARE hurt by it.


videos like this make me consider seeing a therapist to find productive ways to channel my anger/emotional problems


reading the event pages for the Protest Against Kappa Sigma party and in the DSG/ASA Open Discussion page is so fucking emotionally painful and draining.

the amount of not only white students, but other PoC, especially Asian Americans, coming to the defense of the fraternity is so troubling. even some of the people who are condemning their actions add in how some students who are angry over this whole thing are “overreacting” and are “butthurt”. just fucking stop it. if you’re not with us, then you’re against us, and for that you can take a fucking seat and shut up.

fuck you for belittling and mocking my people, then having the audacity to tell us to calm down when we speak out against your racist bullshit.


inallanhnesty:

why does this keep happening at Duke? I know that the entire school is not like this, but when I see things like this, I just don’t know what to feel anymore. It disturbs me that people can dress up like this at night and sit in a class with Asian people during the day. Am I supposed to be okay with seeing some white girl wearing a Vietnamese hat & holding up a V-sign? (history lesson: that V is for Vietnam. came from the protest against Vietnam war)

I just heard about this today. SPREAD THE WORD! This is the kind of fuckery that needs to be dealt with. I spoke with my friend who goes to Duke and who is trying to push DSG into taking action.

SHARE SHARE SHARE, FRIENDS!


part of what i hate about Hulu is that these fucking ads for The Tracy Ullman show keep popping up and in a 30 second commercial she does both blackface and brownface

why is this ok, hulu

why


meshellllee:


mikeygdawg:


To protect the hood and it’s reputation
we unite all people but we ain’t Caucasianto denounce the evil of truth and love for KFC
JESSIQUANDAJAMALTeam Ratchet blast off at the speed of lightSurrender now or NIQQUA I WILL CUT YOU.WE AIN’T GOT NO CAT WE DON’T WANT TO FEED IT AND DAT SHIT.


Your ignorance kind of astounds me. 


i’m ashamed that i go to the same university as the person who wrote that fuckery

meshellllee:

mikeygdawg:

To protect the hood and it’s reputation

we unite all people but we ain’t Caucasian

to denounce the evil of truth and love for KFC


JESSIQUANDA

JAMAL

Team Ratchet blast off at the speed of light

Surrender now or NIQQUA I WILL CUT YOU.

WE AIN’T GOT NO CAT WE DON’T WANT TO FEED IT AND DAT SHIT.

Your ignorance kind of astounds me.
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i’m ashamed that i go to the same university as the person who wrote that fuckery

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2547567:

In my end is my beginning.: This is just a personal observation but for some fucked up reason, Asian countries sure love blackface.

reallifedocumentarian:

annakimskywalker:

sara-huynh:

ashcan2:

sara-huynh:

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But Asians are doing it for different reasons than whites, whites created black face out of hate and to inflict PAIN onto Black…

It’s not ok but the reason it CAN be separated on one hand is because Asians are largely ignorant to the maliciousness of how Whites do it, with the same background mentality and history of actually LYNCHING black people. So if you look at specifics it IS different. HOWEVER it does perpetuate negative connotations so it shouldnt continue.

Also, black people seem to be good at defending themselves. Maybe some of you Asians should worry less for their cause and focus on your own racism you recieve as Asians? Like how come none of you are addressing the blatant racism from blacks towards Asians? No one talking about Rihanna and her little rice cracker joke towards Karruche Tran? Or Lauryn Hill’s lyrics talking trash about Asians?That show Greys Anatomy watched by so many Asians that have an Asian chick working in a hospital in a lower position than all these higher upper black people fking a black boyfriend as he talks down to her patronizingly as if shes stupid half the time?(show written by a black person). The movie Crash where black people basically trample over Asians? How about some of you worry less about blackface here and start focusing on the racism Asians recieve. thanks.

^this is an excellent example of trying to turn PoC against each other.

if you think none of us call out shit that hurts our communities no matter who it comes from, you’re wrong. but just because we have our own stuff to deal with doesn’t mean we can’t come to the defense of other PoC when something hurts them, especially when it’s coming from our own people. i’d want fellow PoC to come to my defense when people are racist towards Asians, so i’m gonna do the same to them and i don’t understand why you think we shouldn’t.

what the fuck kind of person would i be to rage when someone does/says something racist about Asian people, but i don’t care when someone does/says something racist about Black people, or Latin@s, or Native Americans? what kind of person would i be if in response to anti-Blackness in Asia (and in the U.S. too), i responded with “oh yeah!?!? but what about what Black people have said about MY people??”, completely derailing the conversation and basically saying that they have it coming? i guess i’d probably be you.

also, i see you renamed your (seemingly brand new) blog about Black people being racist against Asians “watermelons & fried chicken”. YES, PLEASE KEEP FIGHTING RACISM AGAINST ASIANS WITH STEREOTYPES ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE. THAT ISN’T PERPETUATING ANTI-BLACKNESS AMONG ASIANS AT ALL.

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This is just a personal observation but for some fucked up reason, Asian countries sure love blackface.

sara-huynh:

ashcan2:

sara-huynh:

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But Asians are doing it for different reasons than whites, whites created black face out of hate and to inflict PAIN onto Black Americans, as whites created yellow face to insult Asians, both are examples of hate. Are Asians doing it for that reason?

Yeah Asians are doing blackface because they think it’s funny. We should totes let them off the hook for doing something extremely hateful, ignorant and anti-Black because intent is everything to you apologists.

If you don’t see why blackface is problematic regardless of who does it, you need to fuck off right now.

there’s no way any of the fuckery above ISN’T racist. Black face, yellow face, etc. were all obviously made by White people out of hatred for PoC, but is it somehow not hateful when Asians do it just because we’re PoC too? nope. Blackface is racist and disgusting, no matter what. the people in the images above should be ashamed of themselves. shit, i’m ashamed for them.

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