So I guess this “White On Infomercial” (*don’t click without reading the note below) is supposed to be a humorous take on skin-bleaching creams. Personally I think the White Guy Mask would make the same point and would be funnier. Anybody remember Eddie Murphy?
The problem with this video? I think it might be the insertion of real-life images and violence presented as “humor.”
*I don’t watch movies much because I can’t tolerate violence or gore. This video has a repeat scene of a girl tearing her face off. Consider yourself warned.
The first guy (“Henry G.”–Dr. Gates, get it?) talks about how now he’s even friends with the police. The second woman is named “Isabel C.” (any guesses on what that might reference?) and she talks about getting a job.
Her “before” photo is of a woman who appears to be Guatemalan. There are a couple of other identifiable “ethnic” faces thrown in this video. They’re also women, who appear to be of Asian and African descent. I find these three images problematic but am too lazy to think about a coherent way to express myself.
The third person is named “Charles Thomas,” “formerly Thien Minh Ly.” Who is Thien Minh Ly? Why, he’s a man who was stabbed 47 times in 1996 by two white guys. They were caught and convicted of a hate crime, mostly because one bragged about how he had killed a “J*p.” The before photo is a photograph of Vincent Chin. Who was murdered in 1982. Also by two white guys. Also because they thought he was a “J*p.”
The fourth person is named “Mary Daniels,” formerly “Mitsuko Yoshinaga.” The footage they use behind this character is of the evacuation order for Japanese Americans, the internment camps and the atom bomb.
Yeah, it’s a fucking laugh riot. Another bit of hipster racism, and probably even produced by Asians. Now in WTFery 2010.