Proof That This Push-Up Bra Works: The Portrayal of The Transgender Community

A few months ago, this Thai push-up bra commercial went viral. The original video gained over 9 million views since being uploaded:

In honor of LGBT History Month, we decided to bring this video back and take a closer look. It’s clear why the video has so many views with its unexpected ending. Generally, the video was well-received. One viewer commented, “He is attractive both as a girl and a boy.” Another humored viewer commented, “Well the push-up bra definitely works then.”

Although there were still a share of individuals who argued that they were “tricked” and showed anger towards the commercial, people were generally entertained. The commercial didn’t present the transgender community in a negative light and did not try to make fun of it.

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This is not necessarily the case for all Thai commercials containing transgender characters. The following IKEA commercial angered the Thai Transgender Alliance for being “negative,” “stereotypical,” and a “gross violation of human rights.”

The commercial shows a couple walking through IKEA. The woman becomes so excited with a sale for pillows that her voice drops and horrifies her boyfriend. The end shows the boyfriend running off in the opposite direction. The Thai Transgender Alliance argues that “the transgender content of the advertisement is negative and stereotypical in nature, perpetuating misunderstanding transgenderism as human sexuality for ‘deceitful and deviant lifestyle.’”

Unfortunately, this is not the first time IKEA has poked fun at the transgender community. Another IKEA commercial, this time coming from France, shows a woman getting ready to go out. She accidentally knocks into a low table and hits her crotch– revealing she was physically born a man.

Although the difference between the first commercial and the last two may seem slight to some, it makes a load of difference. There is a clear distinction between a commercial showing someone proud of their gender identity versus another commercial showing an individual running away from a transgender out of fear.

In honor of LGBT history month, lets try to make it a lasting habit to stay conscious of these differences.

Miranda Kerr Stars in Weird Japanese Commercial

You may know her as the extremely gorgeous Victoria’s Secret model. Or maybe you know her as the wife of equally gorgeous Orlando Bloom. Well now you can know her as spokeswoman for a Japanese laundry detergent, Bold.

For the first commercial, Kerr interacts in a friendly conversation with her neighbors… while driving a pink car filled with laundry detergent. If you think thats a little weird, wait until you a load of the actual dialogue:

Neighbor A: What have you been up to?
Miranda: I went shopping.
Neighbor B: You bought too much!
Miranda: *shrug and a wink*
Neighbor A: Ah, Bold!
Miranda: It’s so cute and pink!
Neighbor A: Pink?! Anyway you look at it, it’s blue!
Miranda: The liquid is pink!
Neighbor A & B: It’s pink!
Miranda: It’s pink!

If you didn’t notice- pink is obviously something to be excited about. Check it out for yourself:

The next commercial that Kerr stars in shows her actually purchasing the massive amount of detergent. Unfortunately, this time Kerr doesn’t get to show off her (rather impressive) Japanese speaking skills. All she needs to do is strut down an aisle with a cart full of detergent and the whole store goes nuts for it:

As strange as these lines are, they certainly can’t go wrong with a pretty girl snuggling a towel right? Besides, having Miranda Kerr is quite the step up from their former, more awkward, spokeswoman:

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This Three Minute Video Will Have You in Tears

Thai company True Corporation‘s latest video titled “Giving,” has caused viewers worldwide to shed tears. With more than 3.5 million views on YouTube in less than a weeks time, an endless flow of emotional comments, and more than 40,000 likes, this video has definitely pulled at the heart-strings of many.

Set in the streets of Thailand, this short encompasses struggle, financial burden, family, and ultimately the power of good deeds. The video is beautiful video was given the description “This Three Minute Commercial Puts Full-Length Hollywood Films to Shame” by Gawker.  Watch below and you’ll understand.

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Sometimes one good deed, without the expectation of anything in return, can certainly go a long way. “Giving is the best communication.”

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This Video Warms Our Hearts: Children React to Bi-Racial Cheerios Commercial

Earlier this summer, a Cheerio’s commercial showing an interracial couple/family sparked negative backlash. A disturbing amount of people voiced that they were uncomfortable about the commercial and were under the impression that it could be a bad influence on children.

Clearly, we find the commercial adorable. Much of the public, however, didn’t seem to agree with us. The commercial got so much hate and negative reactions that Cheerio’s was forced to disable the comments portion for the youtube video.

So does this commercial really have a negative influence on children? The Fine Bros wanted to find out. They recently released a new episode of Kids React showing kids watching the Cheerios commercial followed by a discussion of what the children felt about it. What did the episode prove? Children may very well have a better sense of right and wrong than adults. Check out the adorable reactions below:

It is heartwarming to have children understand that there is absolutely nothing wrong with bi-racial couples. In fact, the kids point out that its very unfair and cruel to dislike a family simply because of the color of their skin.

As one child points out, we claim that we are a country of equality, but that isn’t always the case. In fact, this issue extends beyond the black and white community which was featured in the Cheerios commercial.

In this day and age, many Asians find themselves in interracial relationships, but their love is met with negative reactions. Asian women are called sell-outs for choosing a man of another race, Asian men are high-fived for finding a non-Asian girlfriend, Asian parents scold their children for not choosing someone of the same cultural background.

If children are mature enough to understand that love is love despite the color of one’s skin, why is the public having such a hard time? Why does our Asian community struggle to accept the possibility of legitimate feelings for someone outside of the Asian circle?

 

Let us know what you think and share some of your own experiences below.