Offensive “Chinese Food” Video Made By Producers of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” Goes Viral

“The worst song of the year.” -Time Magazine
“Offensive or just awful?” – E!
“What the hell did I just watch?” -Angry Asian Man

The guys who brought us Rebecca Black’s “Friday” are back and have unleashed a song that may very well beat their first viral phenomenon. Alison Gold is the face of this new troll video “Chinese Food” where she sings about her love for, you guessed it, Chinese food.

The video combines the poor musical abilities of “Friday,” more than a handful of racist stereotypes, and lyrics that leave you wondering what sort of condition the creators may have been in while writing this trainwreck.

The music video was only released yesterday and it has already logged over one million views. It also has over four times as many dislikes than likes, but we have a feeling the producers don’t really mind that. Will it be able to beat its predecessor’s 60 million views? Time will only tell.

If you can endure watching the whole thing through, you may find yourself asking a lot of questions by the end of it. Why are there so many rainbows? Why is a 12-year-old singing about clubbing? Why on earth is there a giant panda bear?

Clearly, Ark Music Factory wanted to test out just how many inappropriate stereotypes they could fit in a tween pop song. As Angry Asian Man points out, “Mongolian barbecue, hot sauce, geishas and an extremely creepy panda man flying away on rainbow power. As you can see, you don’t need scantily clad women to exoticize and objectify Asians — kids can get in on the racist fun too!”

If you absolutely cannot bring yourself to watch the whole thing though, Time Magazine did a lovely breakdown of the entire video:

 

 

0:16: Now we see our protagonist, Alison Gold, who sing-songily describes her average day of bowling, clubbing, hugging and being hungry. She’s basically your average 13-year-old.

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0:59: It appears as though “chow-m-m-m-m-mein” is something of a catch phrase for Gold, almost like R. Kelly’s “toot-toot” and “beep-beep” from “Ignition (Remix).” The first time she says it, she makes it rain; the second time, she brushes her shoulders off (always good to see the next generation paying homage to hip-hop greats like Weezy and Jay).

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1:45: Now here’s where things take a turn for the even weirder. Gold’s fortune cookie says, “You will find a new friend.” So she turns around and sees a person sitting at a table by themselves, wearing a panda suit. The panda gets a fortune that reads, “You will find a new friend too,” which makes even less sense once you think about it. Also, options if you’re a young girl sitting by yourself in a restaurant and someone in a panda costume is staring at you:

 

1. Call your parents

2. Call the police

3. Not this… 

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2:12: Things seemed to be going well in the park, so Gold decides to bring the panda home to play Monopoly with her friends (kids playing Monopoly in 2013 has to be the most unrealistic part of this video, if every trend piece of the last five years is to be believed). That’s when we get the big reveal…

 

2:13: The panda is Patrice Wilson! He also “loves Chinese food, and some wonton soup,” the latter of which would be covered under the Chinese food pronouncement, but let’s not focus on that too much. He is apparently crushing a group of pre-teen girls in a game of Monopoly and Gold seems none too pleased about it.

 

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Read the entire breakdown on Time Magazine‘s official website.

 

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Kollaboration Star 2013 Voting Begins TODAY

The biggest Asian American talent competition is quickly approaching. Kollaboration Star, which takes place on November 16, 2013 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, will have some of the best talent from the U.S. and Canada competing for a $20,000 grand prize and a ton of bragging rights.

The thirteen city representatives have already been chosen:

  • ATLANTA – ANTHONY BUI, spoken word
  • BOSTON – DEREK HSU, Chinese yo-yo
  • CHICAGO – ALVIN LAU, spoken word artist
  • DALLAS – KASSY LEVELS, vocal/keyboard
  • EAST LANSING – CHRIS LEE, vocal/piano
  • HONOLULU – DA ARAZ, band
  • HOUSTON – MIKEY SILVERIO, beatboxing
  • LOS ANGELES – JOHN & DANIEL RHEE, band
  • NEW YORK – IZZY, rapper/producer
  • SAN FRANCISCO – &BLUE, band
  • SEATTLE – TROY & ARIEL, spoken word/composer
  • TORONTO – PLAITWRIGHTS AND CHARLESTON RELAY, band
  • WASHINGTON DC – DAVE YOON, vocal

 

Out of these thirteen performers, only six will move forward. This is where you come in. The finalists will be chosen by public voting.

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According to Kollaboration, “the five contestants with the highest number of votes will move on as finalists, while a sixth finalist will be selected by Kollaboration as a Wild Card. All six finalists will then be flown out to Los Angeles to compete in the finale show at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on November 16th for the $20,000 Grand Prize and share the stage with some of the most prominent names in Asian American entertainment- Drunken Tiger, Yoon Mi Rae, Bizzy, Paul PK Kim, Mike Song, KRNFX, and David So”

Voting begins today! Cast your vote here.

Hello Kitty x The Simpsons 2014 Collaboration

Here’s a collaboration we never saw coming. Although unexpected, we’re pretty excited to see Hello Kitty and The Simpsons come together.

Next year, the two very popular franchises are teaming up for a special line of products. Hello Kitty will be celebrating its 40th anniversary and The Simpsons will be celebrating its 25th making this quite a landmark year for both franchises.

This collaboration between Sanrio and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products will bring limited-edition collectibles and fans are already trying to guess what could be in this anticipated line of products. Some guess that because the release of the collaboration will  occur during the “back-to-school” season of 2014, it will be geared towards that.

The collaboration promises “a fun and unexpected take on The Simpsons‘ transformation within Hello Kitty’s super-cute world,” says Sanrio president Janet Hsu.

The first appearance of this collaboration will make its first appearance at Brand Licensing Europe in London on October 15-17 and available for purchase in the Fall.

Image of The Day: Japan Presents The Worst Underwear Idea EVER

Over the years, we’ve seen quite our share of interesting things arise from Japan. We’ve seen snail facialsJapanese commercials that don’t make sense, and even edible iphone cases.

We figured that by now we would expect the unexpected and not react when we heard about the new products and trends. Yet again, we were wrong. As much as we tried to understand this product we simply couldn’t figure out its appeal.

This product, I kid you not, is underwear which deliberately creates a camel toe. Now for those of you who don’t quite know what a camel toe is, Wikipedia defines is as  “a slang term that refers to the outline of a human female’s labia majora, as seen through tightly fitting clothes. Due to a combination of anatomical factors and the tightness of the fabric covering it, the crotch andmons pubis may take on a resemblance to the forefoot of a camel.”

Commonly, this is the sort of thing you avoid. In fact, there are a number of rather successful products which try to help women with this problem. Camelflage is a small insert in panties which guarantees that you will be camel toe-free.

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For whatever reason, this Japanese brand is embracing the camel toe and making sure it is part of our daily lives. Our verdict?

No, thank you.

*UPDATE: We were informed that this is speculated to be a gag costume for men. We’re crossing our fingers that it is indeed just a joke.

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Michelle Phan’s Quick Secret to Painless Eyebrow Plucking

If you’ve spent years plucking your eyebrows, then you probably remember the very first time that those tweezers hit your brows. You distinctly remember the excitement quickly turning into horror after realizing that eyebrow plucking can be a painful ordeal.

Some of you are the lucky ones. You tolerate pain well and you’ve grown accustomed to your skin being pulled at. This thing has become a breeze after years of practice. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone.

Some girls experience blood every time they pluck. Others have skin so sensitive that the whole process brings tears to their eyes everytime. Even more peculiar, some have complained of the odd need to sneeze whenever they do their eyebrows.

The point is, plucking eyebrows is not always the most enjoyable of activities and Michelle Phan is here to help. The makeup guru has a quick and simple secret to pain-free eyebrow plucking:

1.) Soak a washcloth in hot water and wring dry

2.) Fold the washcloth in half and lay it over your eyebrows for 1-2 minutes

3.) Remove and pluck away!

 

Because heat and moisture are the main components in painless plucking, you can also benefit from plucking your brows after a shower or dipping the tweezers in warm water.

Be sure to check out Michelle Phan’s basic eyebrow tutorial and share some of your brow plucking secrets below:

 

 

Hailee Steinfeld to Appear in 10 Films By Next Year

Yahoo has nicknamed Hailee Steinfeld “the hardest working 16-year-old in Hollywood” and for good reason. This well-earned title may have a thing or two to do with this quarter-Filipina actress being scheduled to appear in 10 films between now and next year. Suddenly, we feel pounds of guilt for ever complaining about our “busy schedules.”

At the age of 13, Steinfeld rose to fame with her role as Mattie Ross in the 2010 film True Grit. The young actress gained an unbelievable 10 Oscar nominations for that role alone– an achievement that actors well into adulthood strive for.

Much to the surprise of her new fans, Steinfeld disappeared for a few years after True Grit. She tells Yahoo that she was simply waiting for the right project. As it turns out, although we have not seen her on the big screen since True Grit, the young actress has been keeping herself busy through her teenage years and has found a heap of projects that are worthy. Clearly, we never should have doubted her.

One of these much-anticipated projects is already available for you to check out. Steinfeld stars as Juliet in the latest adaptation of Romeo and Juliet directed by Carlo Carlei. And next month, Steinfeld will hit us with another anticipated film Ender’s Game. Acting alongside Harrison Ford, Steinfeld will bring the popular science fiction novel to life.

Check out the trailer for Romeo and Juliet below and stay tuned for more updates on this amazing actress.

 

Aww of The Day: Dogs Help A Baby Learn to Crawl

What could possibly be cuter to watch than a baby learning to crawl? How about adding some dogs into the mix?

This adorable Chinese baby, nicknamed Maple Syrup, is undeniably cute as he crawls his way over to the camera. The family’s two adopted dogs, Brown Sugar and Rice Candy, decide to make the video even better and automatically imitate the baby.

We’re not sure if the dogs are simply following his lead or helping him with moral support, but we’d like to believe the latter.

According to ET Today, the mother simply wanted to show others that pets and babies can be best friends. Lucky for her, she was able to spread this message to a lot of people. The video has only been up for a little over a week and it has gained over 1,880,000 views. Clearly, cuteness is worthy of viral attention.

As it turns out, the trio is rather accustomed to fame. They have their own facebook page with over 63,000 likes and a handful of squeal-worthy photos. Check out the video and some of the photos below.

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Viral Alert: Justin Bieber Kisses Sandara Park?

When we think of Justin Bieber, our minds automatically go to his never-ending collection of snapbacks, his on-and-off relationship with Selena Gomez and even to his odd obsession with the color purple.

Of all the things that come to mind when we hear Justin Bieber’s name, we certainly didn’t expect to ever add Sandara Park to that list.

Sandara, better known as Dara, is a Korean idol and member of popular girl group 2NE1. Prior to her success in Korea, Sandara gained quite a bit of popularity in the Philippines through ABS-CBN’s talent competition Star Circle Quest. 

Although we never would have paired the two together, a simple google search will show tons of stories about the duo, all of which are in shock over a picture of Bieber planting a kiss on Sandara’s cheek. Needless to say, the picture went viral and speculations sprouted everywhere.

But before you start any speculations of your own, it may be important to view the entire picture first:

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Clearly, Korean-American jeweler Ben Baller is in the picture as well. In fact he was the one who uploaded the picture and shows no signs of uncomfortable third-wheeling.

But even with the addition of a third person in this picture, netizens are going crazy over the idea of the two stars potentially having a romantic relationship, especially because of their 10-year age gap.  Oh-dara.com reports both negative and positive comments about the pair:

“Please take care Dara,”
“Justin Bieber and Sandara Park, is a fresh combo,”
“A gathering of shining stars,” “No one is even interested at Ben Baller,”
“Nooooo. My Dara-noona,”
“They must’ve talked a bit since Sandara Park can speak English well”
“Justin Bieber, please put into mind that she is a noona to you,”
“Justin Bieber fell under Sandara Park’s charm,”
“Justin Bieber and Sandara Park match each other,”
“A hot expression of affection,”
“You guys surprisingly match well,”
“Does Justin Bieber know that there’s a 10-year gap between him and Sandara Park?” “It’s nothing, Sandara Park makes anyone look good,”
“About Justin Bieber kissing Sandara Park, Justin Bieber’s fans are known to cause mischief, please be careful Sandara Park,”

 

The photo was apparently taken during a launch party for Jay Park’s hip hop label AOMG. According to Soompi, Justin Bieber is currently going through his Asian tour and is (clearly) making friends along the way.


Image of The Day: Unbelievable Egg Shell Art

Wen Fuliang, originally a wood carver, has turned his talents on a different sort of canvas. Arguably much harder to work on than wood, Fuliang has decided to carve on one of the most fragile mediums ever, egg shells.

The amount of detail that Fuliang can capture on a single egg is simply unbelievable. The artist has spent 10 years perfecting his craft and and carves his masterpieces using a rotary tool with a diamond tip. 

Fuliang begins by carefully extracting the yolk and egg white using a syringe. He then very lightly sketches his design onto the shell . Then, he gently holds the egg with one hand and carves away at it with another. As expected, this process requires slow, gentle and skilled hands. It is no surprise that this art is very time consuming.

According to DailyMail, “He uses chicken, goose and duck eggshells to carve out places of interest, such as the iconic Dayan Pagoda in Xi’an.”

Interestingly enough, Fuliang allegedly lost his job as a wood carver in Shaanxi province and turned to egg shells simply to make ends meet. Through this, he became the first artist in China to specialize in the field of egg carving.

Check out his unbelievable skill below:

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Unpaid Intern Not Protected From Sexual Harassment, Ruled Not An “Employee”

With more and more hopeful 20-somethings turning to unpaid internships, many conflicting opinions have risen concerning these internships. One argument is that unpaid internships provide experience, networking opportunities and the possibility of a job in the future. The downside? No pay, no benefits and apparently no protection from sexual harassment.

Lihuan Wang was a graduate student at Syracuse University when she interned in the New York bureau of Phoenix Satellite Television in 2009. Last week, a New York federal district court ruled that she could not bring a sexual harassment claim under New York human rights laws because of her position as an unpaid intern. They argued that because the 26-year-old was not getting paid, she was not considered an employee and was not covered by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Allegedly, the station’s Washington D.C. bureau chief Zhengzhu Liu committed his indecent actions just two weeks after Wang began her internship at the Chinese-language media company’s New York office.

Wang claims that Liu asked her to accompany him to his hotel room while he dropped some things off. During that time, he would discuss her performance as well as a possible job opportunity. Businessweek reports the events upon arriving at the hotel:

In the hotel room, she alleges, Liu took off his jacket, untied his tie, and threw his arms around her, exclaiming, “Why are you so beautiful?” She claims Liu held her for about five seconds, tried to kiss her, and squeezed her buttocks. According to the complaint, Wang pushed Liu away and left the room, and when she later asked about job opportunities, Liu invited her to Atlantic City.

According to CNN, Wang has returned to China and Liu has been fired after the company investigated the allegations.

So are the vulnerable situations worth it? Clearly, the lack of pay is not the only issue stacking up against unpaid internships.

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