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Katy Perry wore a gown printed with East Asian calligraphy to Sunday’s American Music Awards, which garnered her all kinds of comparisons to a “geisha.” HuffPo and Celebuzz called her look “geisha-inspired,” the SF Chronicle called it “glam geisha,” My Fashion Life put their thang down, flipped it and reversed it to “geisha glam,” and another site said the dress was in the style of “Memoirs of a Geisha.”
Only problem is, the Vivienne Westwood-designed gown Perry wore has nothing to do with geishas, and was actually “inspired” by a Chinese flower painting. The calligraphy on the dress Perry wore is Chinese, not Japanese. The dress is from Westwood’s Spring 2012 Gold Label collection, which drew from “Chinese calligraphy, Mao jackets, Berber dress, and 17th century corsets as influences.”
This isn’t the first time Katy Perry wore something Asian-looking that writers lazily labeled “geisha.” Back in August, Perry attended the VMAs carrying a parasol, dressed in an Atelier Versace cheongsam mini, which was also dubbed “geisha-inspired.” The cheongsam, however, is Chinese. Perry’s look was lifted directly from 1920′s-30′s Shanghai, a look immortalized later in the 20th century by home decor posters printed from vintage Chinese ads:
Filed under: Asians All Look Alike, Boobs, Fashion, Fashism, Geishas, Geishas Are Tired, Katy Perry, Katy Perry AMAs, Katy Perry American Music Awards, Katy Perry Geisha, Katy Perry Vivienne Westwood Gown, Katy Perry VMAs, Katy Perry's Boobs, Laziness, Mistasian Identity, White Geishas
In the run-up to “The Game”–Harvard and Yale’s annual pre-Thanksgiving pretense at college football–Harvard students have produced this “Occupy Yale/We Are The 6%” shirt, the 6%, as Gawker’s Maureen O’Connor points out, referring to Harvard’s 2011 admission rate, the lowest of the Ivies and a whole 1.15% lower than Yale’s:
Jesus Fuck. This is actually too boring to be offensive. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: you can’t have a school rivalry when your football has become so sub-par. Harvard, Yale (my alma mater)…does anyone really think there’s a difference? We’re all the same kind of asshole. (Except for the person who actually buys the Occupy Yale shirt. S/he is a MUCH bigger asshole.)
When measuring Ivy League dick, I much prefer this shirt, by men’s designer Mark McNairy:
Filed under: Bad #OWS Derivatives, Douchebags, Elitism, Elitist Fucks, Harvard, Harvard-Yale Game, Ivy League Fucks, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Yale Shirt, Occupy Yale We Are The 6% Shirt, School Rivalries, Shitty Football, The 1%, The Game, The Ivory Tower, We Are the 99 Percent, Yale
I know, I know. It’s just a clothing line! Lighten up! And it’s so kawaii as the ads keep telling me, forcing the word on me like a pacifier to the lips of a crying, reluctant babe. (Wouldn’t be surprised if Gwen Stefani had tried to trademark the Japanese word for “cute” some time in the last 5 years or so. She’s already pretty much got “Harajuku”–the name of a Tokyo neighborhood–locked down legally.) And look, the Harajuku Mini for Target children’s clothes collection, which launches Sunday online and in stores, is “kawaii,” in a “What if a little panda cub who was part skater-punk threw up and it looked like lollipops and rainbows?” sorta way.
But, you know, I can forgive, but I can’t forget. Wait, who am I kidding? I can’t forgive either! Because when I see this ad plugging Gwen Stefani’s latest business venture…
…all I see is this:
Filed under: Bizarre Misappropriation of Asian Culture by Talentless White Girls, Children's Clothing, Clothing, Free the Harajuku Girls, Gwen Stefani, Harajuku Haters, Harajuku Lovers, Harajuku Mini for Target, Kawaii, Panda Vomit, Target, This is Bullshit
Well, not exactly. These Chinese old-timers are way cooler than my parents’ choir. The closest thing to pop music that their choir’s covered is Lady (Josh) Groban.
For anyone hoping to buy an Oriental Girl on the cheap–only one dolla fifty!–you should know that the item has been pulled, or it’s “out of stock,” as the Forever 21 website now states.
When the Forever 21 “Allergic to Algebra” shirt came out, I had to wonder what kind of Asians would sell such a dumbed-down, regressive and ultimately cynical product to the masses. Continue reading DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Forever 21 And Its “Oriental Girl” Necklace
Filed under: Asian-Owned Businesses, Dumb Asians, Fashion, Fashism, Forever 21, Forever 21 Allergic to Algebra Shirt, Forever 21 Chang Family, Forever 21 Oriental Girl Necklace, Learn Your History For Fuck's Sake, Oriental, Orientalism, Orientals, Outmoded Terms, Revoking Someone's Asian Card
This may sound like the Nine Months sequel gone terribly wrong, but it’s actually true — actor Hugh Grant is father to a brand-new baby girl after having “a fleeting affair” with Chinese actress Tinglan Hong. [NYDN]
Sure, the jokes on CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls may be racist, but isn’t it more offensive that they just kinda blow? [Crushable]
How do you say “I don’t actually speak much Mandarin at all but I’m hoping you’ll vote for me for President anyway?” in Mandarin? If you do, could you let Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman know? Thanks! [Slate]
The Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, was awarded to thousands of Japanese-American World War II veterans on Wednesday. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team, one of the three units honored, was the most decorated unit in U.S. military history. [Politico]
The investigation into the death of Army Pvt. Danny Chen, who was 19 years old and from the Chinatown neighborhood in Manhattan, has uncovered evidence of physical abuse and bullying (including ethnic slurs) from superiors. [NYT]
And he wasn’t alone. Turns out that Asian Americans are the most bullied in US schools, according to a survey conducted by the US Justice Department and the Department of Education. [AP]
This will inspire eyerolls from those with meme fatigue but, you know, I just had to.
Here’s a full-length shot:
Filed under: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Grrrrr, Halloween, Halloween Costumes, Hardass Asian Moms, Hardass Asian Mothers, Hardass Asian Parents, Holidays, Memes That Won't Die, Tiger Mom, Tiger Mom Costume, Tiger Mother, Trick Or Treat, Ungrateful Children