Day Above Ground, “Asian Girlz” – And You Thought Riley Cooper Was Racist
The talk around the sports world the last few days is all about Philadelphia Eagles player, Riley Cooper, making a racist remark. Although I don't condone that sort of behavior, I also don't necessarily agree with what has come from the situation. This song I found today is exactly why. Quite possibly the most racist song ever...
The song belongs to band Day Above Ground, a southern California group that sounds like the Backstreet Boys meshed with other horrendous '90s bands.
While the band claims that it's not racist and claims it's in no way intended to be racist or make fun of Asian stereotypes, it seems kind of racist to me.
Here's what happens in the music video: The band is trapped in a bird cage while an Asian model strips out of a prim outfit to reveal lingerie and tattoos, while said band sings about things like fried rice and "buttf**king all night." As Buzzfeed noted, the fourth verse is actually just a list of Asian stereotypes. While this is happening, every member of the band goes on a date with an Asian girl, nights chronicled in Polaroid snapshots. THEN, the model in question picks up the bird cage and takes it (and the band) to the bathroom where she -- of course -- draws a bubble bath and lets the miniature non-musicians out for a dive into the water.
Levy Tran, the "Asian Girl" in the video, apologized for participating in the clip on Twitter, while the band says they're totally not racist because "the guy in the bow-tie, our cutie bass player, was born in Indonesia, and he steals the show!"
If there is a plus, the Asian chick in the video is pretty sexy, and barely dressed...