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Who’s Your Doppelgänger?

It’s Doppelgänger Week on Facebook, a meme created by one Bob Patel–an Indian Tom Selleck-lookalike who I’m not convinced is real–and unlike so many Facebook memes, this one you might actually want to participate in, probably because it doesn’t involve divulging embarrassing, oversharesky details from your life to so-called “friends” who, alas, really don’t give a shit.

The idea is simple: replace your profile pic with one of your celebrity doppelgänger. And don’t be a party poop and be like, “I don’t have a doppelgänger, bah humbug” or “I’m Asian, I can only be Bruce Lee.” Facebook hasn’t been this much dumb fun since before my your mother joined, trust.

Here are our lookalikes:

Side-Pony Sistas

Chicks of a certain age will recognize my doppelgänger’s Claudia Kishi from The Baby-sitters Club. And yes, I’m aware she isn’t real, but oh how I wish she were, mostly so I could raid her closet and Single Yellow Female her much talked about style.

Then there’s Diana’s doppelgänger, transcending racial boundaries:

Di-e-sha!!!

WEIRD, right?

So who’s your doppelgänger? Tell us in the comments section. Don’t stop there…make it your avatar.

[HuffPo: Interview with Bob Patel, Creator of "Doppelganger Week" on Facebook]

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! That Nerdy Little O’Keefe Gang

Early twenty-something boys don’t catch a lot of breaks, it’s true. Sure, they’ve started wearing ties to work–but they’re still making coffee. They spend dinner on the couch with $5 footlongs, a bong, the roommate who shits twice as much and never buys toilet paper. They have unexplainable indoor furniture (1980s rolling desk, black entertainment stand, armless teal fabric La-Z-Boy knockoff) on their outdoor balcony. Their early twenty-something ex-girlfriend is now (joyfully) screwing a thirty-something with a tastefully furnished starter house and an Audi.

Ah, dude life after college.

So there’s a part of me that understands why the four guys in the “O’Keefe Gang” (that little nickname is just so adowwable) dressed up as telephone company workers to tap Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu’s federal building phones (no, they did not crib this saucy ploy from a Martin Lawrence film), in hopes of embarassing her and taking widespread Conservatard credit for it–typically the kind of instant notariety that only causing a public smear of a non-profit fighting institutionalized disenfranchisement or creating the world’s biggest timesuck can earn you. They wanted to be important! They wanted to count for something! AWW!

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Ask The Intern: Oh! Miso Corny


Guest Contributor Intern Jasmine of This Is Jasmine digs through the DISGRASIAN mailbag and offers some words of wisdom.


DISGRASIAN™ reader Irene wrote:

Hi Gals, love your site! But am I the only one who is a little offended by the new Hong Kong collection that OPI nail polish has put out? Names of the colors are: Hot & Spicy, A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find, Bling Dynasty, Chop-Sticking to My Story, Jade is the New Black, Red My Fortune Cookie, Pearl of Wisdom, Panda-monium Pink, Lucky Lucky Lavender, Dim Sum Plum, Meet Me on Star Ferry and Suzi Says Feng Shui.

Uhh so when is the color lavender considered lucky and what does the color pink have to do with pandas? I know it’s all marketing, but it doesn’t seem like they had any Asians on their team to help them out with any of these names. Thanks for listening, end rant!

Intern Jasmine says:

The colors in the Hong Kong collection (seen here) look cute enough but you’re right, those names are awful. Not so much because they’re offensive, but because they sound more like the names of bad porno movies. “A Good Man-darin is Hard to Find”? “Hot & Spicy”? Is this collection a collaboration between OPI and Skinemax?

Speaking for myself (and probably for Jen and Diana, who have let me answer this particular query – thanks!), I’m not offended. Not really, anyway. I like OPI. Their polishes are cheap, colorful, and widely available. I don’t think they’re guilty of racial offense so much as writing really awful puns.

OPI’s been doing this for years. Colors like “ElePhantastic Pink” and “Moon Over Mumbai” from their India Collection made me groan while the color themselves were delightful and looked AMAZING on my medium olive skin. Their Japanese and Far East collections offered more of the same: great shades, awful names. Colors like “Miso Happy with This Color” and “Beige-Jing” make me want to do a big old facegong — like a facepalm only with a gong — and yet I waso happy with this color.

Waitaminute, we’re talking about a company that creates colors like ‘Legs Celebrate’ and ‘Talk Of The Town Brown!” The names are all inherently stupid, but this shit looks good on us, so fuck it!

[Chic Profile: OPI - Hong Kong - 2010 Spring Collection]

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRASIAN! Cornelius

Happy birthday to musicalbeatmasta Cornelius, who turned 41 yesterday!

We wish him a warm celebration with lovely wife Takako Minekawa, and lots of sweet treats and sweet beats to see them through the year!

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The Republican Response: Showcasing A Whole New Demographic!

Check out that well-framed crowd of patriotic, multi-generational, ethnically diverse folks cheering on newly-elected, popular and telegenic Virgina Governor Bob McDonnell!





Um. Yeah. THIS CLEVER LITTLE PR MOVE IS NOT OBVIOUS. NOT OBVIOUS AT ALL.

Watch the full Republican Response to the State of the Union here.

[CBS: Republican Response to SOTU]

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Obama’s First State Of The Union: We Kinda Wanna Kowtow

Did y’all watch President Obama’s entire State of the Union speech last night?

Mad Daddy

Was it just us, or did Father sound MAAAAAAAAD? I damn near jumped out of my skin when he belted “I DON’T QUIT” from those mighty, Hardass Daddy lungs. While I shivered with fear, I felt good and right, hopeful and safe. And glad, so glad.

(Man, we had fucked up childhoods.)

If you missed last night’s speech [shrugs] because you were busy doing something else, watch all 70 minutes or so below:

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President Obama: You Better, You Better, You Bet

Hi President Obama,





We hear from David Axelrod that during tonight’s State of the Union, you will ask Congress to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

We’ll be watching and listening. Sure hope Axelrod isn’t fucking around.

Good luck with the speech! Knock ‘em dead.

xoxo,
DISGRASIAN

[CNN: Obama To Call For "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal, Adviser Says]

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Did Girls’ Generation (SNSD) Scoop Rihanna?

AllKPop has posed an important intellectual property question: Did Korean gal group Girls’ Generation (aka So Nyeo Shi Dae or SNSD) rip a song off of Rihanna? The songs in question are SNSD’s chart-topper “Oh!” and Rihanna’s sizzling hot “Shut Up And Drive,” both of which sample New Order’s classic new wave hit “Blue Monday.”

Our brutish ears might be too simple to make a conclusive determination on this one, but hell, we don’t care all that much!  What we’re really fascinated by is the mashup.

Some beat whiz at AllKPop produced an awesome, nerdy, well-organized YouTube video documenting both sides of the coin, allowing netizens to make their own educated decisions on the matter. They include selections of each video (which are both short-short euphorias and color hue smorgasbords), then juxtapose them atop one another at 133 rpm and a leveled pitch.

It can’t be just us… the result is like ear and eye candy. No, ear and eye crank. Why don’t we just have everybody call a truce?

[via ONTD]
[AllKPop: Oh! My Gee Did SNSD Plagiarize Rihanna?]

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BABEWATCH: Wong Fu Productions’ Phil Wang (As “Rick”)

Wong Fu Productions has debuted a new video–the first (?) of “Rick’s Man Tutorials”–and it’s a satirical  guide to gettin’ fresh for an evening out (We also like to think of it as a proper pre-cursor to sealing the deal at the end of the night).

If you aren’t already a huge fan (unlikely) of WF’s good work, check out Angry Asian Man’s feature of them in last year’s 30 Under 30 hotlist.

But let’s talk about “Rick” for a second.

Rick wears muscle tees.

Rick talks about his slutty ex.

Rick sprays himself with Febreze and lotions his face with saliva.

He owns hair gel.

I can’t deal with that guy. But I also… kind of… love him. Maybe because he looks like Phil Wang?

Oh ick, muscle tees.

[Wong Fu Productions - Official Site]

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Mirai Nagasu

Many Asian American athletes shined over the weekend in the 2010 U.S. Figure Skating Championships–including 10-year old prodigy Nathan Chen who won gold in the Novice division, and siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani who won the junior ice dancing competition.

But the country’s attention (and the Championships’ official site) seems focused on the enigmatic Mirai Nagasu, who took home an improbable silver in the women’s competition, falling just short of the solid-but-flairless Rachel Flatt.

Name: Mirai Nagasu

Age: 16

Hails from:

Occupation: Student, American figure skater

Known for: Flash and surprises. Though she didn’t fancy herself an Olympic contender and hoped mostly to show her potential for the future, Nagasu competed beautifully in the Spokane, WA figure skating National Championships last week, nabbing a coveted ticket to the Olympic Games. She may not have bested the gold medal winner with numbers, despite a near-flawless final performance, but Nagasu quickly became a people’s favorite and proved one very important point: The future is now.

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Cotton Candy, Sweet And Low, Reprzentasian In The Super Bowl!

THE SAINTS ARE FINALLY GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep your eyes on amazian linebacker Scott Fujita (aka “Asian Assassin”) when they do.

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That’s not actually asking much. Last night, during the NFC Championship shootout/battle royale/best game of the season, it was hard to look at anything else. When Fujita wasn’t putting pressure on Brett Favre, he and Anthony Hargrove were tackling him hard.

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Hak-Shing William Tam

Hak-Shing William Tam, secretary of the Christian Evangelical Group called American Return to God Prayer Movement and official California Prop 8 Backer, testified as a hostile witness yesterday in the lawsuit to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage.

Hak-Shing William Tam

In a piece published today on the galvanizasian of Bay Area Chinese evangelicals in opposition to same-sex marriage, the NYT discussed Tam’s testimony,which was solicited by plaintiff’s attorneys to prove the success in passing Prop 8 was “born of virulent homophobia.” Though Tam refused multiple requests for an interview, the Times highlighted a selection from one of his widely-distributed Web essays, which basically argues that “acceptance” of homosexuality kicks off multiple slippery slopes to mass destruction.

From NYT:

In a macro environment in which homosexuality is gradually accepted as being normal, child molesting by gays is gradually being viewed as normal in academia. Children who were subjected to sexual abuse only know to socialize with other men through sex. When they grow up, they would do the same to other children by molesting children of the same sex. Therefore, gay people grow in numbers even as most of them do not have children of their own.”

On the stand, his tone did not waver. HuffPo commented on some of his testimony:

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