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Wonder what Yoko thinks of Herman Cain‘s pizza version of “Imagine.” Yup, you heard us. A pizza version of “Imagine.” [Daily Intel]
Gautam Raghavan is the new LGBT liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement. [Metroweekly.com]
The Society of Professional Journalists urge newsrooms to stop using the terms “illegal alien” and “illegal immigrant”.[mije.org]
Amit Gupta of Photojojo has acute leukemia. Everybody, especially South Asians, please get tested to see if you’re a bone marrow match! [Laughing Squid]
Meanwhile, Sanrio came up with a Steve Jobs version of Hello Kitty. What? [Crunchyroll]
Super cool or super crazy? This dude in the Philippines totally got a bunch of plastic surgery so he’d look like Superman. [The Well Versed]
“She ran up the wall and made it look easy.” Internet, meet your new wall-climbing champion. [The Daily Mail]
William and Kate who?! JIGME + JETSUN 4-EVA! Congratulations to King Jigme of the Kingdom of Bhutan and his lovely bride. [Life]
Urban Outfitters selling “Navajo panties” is not only tasteless and offensive, it may also be illegal. [Racialicious]
Oh my! Star Trek alum and one of our favorite gaysians George Takei is going to be a contestant on the next season of Celebrity Apprentice. [The Advocate]
Filed under: acute leukemia, amit gupta, Bhutan, Celebrity Apprentice, gautaum raghavan, George Takei, Hello Kitty, Intern Jasmine's Links of the Daysian, Karen Tongson, LGBT, navajo panties, Steve Jobs, White House, White House Office of Public Engagement
Alexa Chung dishes with Refinery 29 on being a style icon and, in her words, “a cookie-cutter hipster.” [Refinery 29]
Beware, female travelers to South Korea! Studies show that lady passengers are subjected to full body scans in numbers much greater than male travelers at several South Korean airports. [Korea Times]
A recent Philippines Airlines flight to the US found itself with an extra passenger on board when a pregnant flyer gave birth. The new mother, a Philippine citizen, had her baby while the plane was over international waters. No word yet on the baby’s nationality. [Jaunted]
Before Feng Luoyu was a Brooklyn manicurist, she was the “Most Hated Woman in China.” [NYM]
The College Republican “pay-by-race” bake sale at UC Berkeley sounds unappetizing. Not to mention racist. [CNN]
Filed under: Alexa Chung, Feng Luoyu, Forever 21, Hello Kitty, Intern Jasmine's Links of the Daysian, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? And Other Concerns, Jaunted Philippines Airlines, Korea, Mindy Kaling, pay-by-race bake sale, Refinery 29, travel
KoreAm lists DISGRASIAN as one of the top 10 Asian American blogs in their November 2010 issue. YAYSIAN! [KoreAm]
Janice Min is the new editor of the Hollywood Reporter, and the cover of her first issue features a bevy of Oscar-worthy actresses. But, um, could somebody introduce Janice to some women of color? That cover’s as white as the Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair! [The Feed - Thanks, Erica!]
George Takei knows the word “douchebag”, and he knows how to use it when ripping Arkansas school board member and homophobe Clint McCance a new one. [YouTube]
The DISGRASIANtern wants some Hello Kitty Reeboks for DISGRASIANmas, please. [BuzzFeed]
If you don’t like calling Kim Jong-il “Dear Leader,” how about using one of his many nicknames like “Sun of Communist Future” or, um, “Glorious General, Who Descended From Heaven”? Wikipedia has a full list of his titles. [Wikpedia via kottke.org]
Filed under: a dictator by any other names is just as evil, Clint McCance is a douchebag, George Takei, Hello Kitty, Hollywood Reporter, Janice Min, Kim Jong Il, KoreAm, Reebok, The Trevor Project, top 10 Asian American blogs
The LA Times just published a lengthy profile about X Japan, a wildly successful J-rock metal band led by charismatic pianist-drummer Yoshiki (pictured above), that will attempt the leap from Japanese superstardom to American mainstream when they join the Lollapalooza tour this summer.
Why I know I already ♥ X Japan:
- The band flanks a HEAVY METAL PIANIST-DRUMMER.
- Hello Kitty produced a likeness of said heavy metal pianist-drummer, the only so far created for a human being. (Ed. note—Hi Sanrio! Jen and I are tooooootally open to having Kitty versions of ourselves!)
- Yoshiki is apparently Bono-esque, and X Japan aspires to be Metallica-esque, yet they’re probably–most accurately–KISS-esque.
- The early X Japan aesthetic appears to be a hybrid of early Mötley Crüe and Poison, but with almond eyes, so they look like the rockstars I wanted to be when I was a kid.
- Every time I hear the words, “Arena Rock,” my personal areas get warm.
- LAT refers to Yoshiki as a “fevered multitasker and established brand unto himself in Asia,” which means he is a) totally Asian and b) pretty AMAZIAN!
- We need somebody to freak out over other than Rain.
Filed under: Big in Japan, Crossover, Hello Kitty, I So Fucking Love Hair Metal, Lollapalooza, Makeup Men, Metal, Metallica, Pianist-Drummers Or Drummer-Pianists, Piano Players, Sanrio, Superstars, X Japan, Yoshiki
According to the NY Times, Hello Kitty is, at age 36, over-the-hill.
Back in 2002, when Kitty was pushing 30, she lost her spot as Japan’s top-grossing character and, in the words of the Times story, “has never recovered.” Apparently the world of cartoon characters is as ageist as Hollywood, governed by an “out with the old, in with the new” mentality:
Sanrio has tried to keep Hello Kitty up to the times: sensing a move away from Japan’s love affair with the cute, or “kawaii” aesthetic, it has pushed an edgier look for the cat in the last three years, using as much black as pink.
Still, a sense of crisis is evident at the Tokyo offices of Sanrio, where 30 designers, led by Ms. Yamaguchi, are charged with developing new characters. At periodic product meetings, each designer presents as many as 20 characters for consideration by Ms. Yamaguchi.
So what’s a girl over 35 like Hello Kitty to do?
Filed under: Ageism, Ageist, Being Put Out to Pasture, Cougars, Cultural Relevance, Goodbye Kitty, Hello Kitty, Hello Kitty Old, Invisible Women, Kawaii, Older Women, Over the Hill, Sanrio, This Sucks, Women Over 35
…that one day, diarrhea of the mouth will cease to ail her, her internal fictions will subside…
…and that she will be immortalized in the flesh:
Only then will she truly be at peace.
[Carlton Jordan: Tila Tequila Australian Interview - "Don't Disrespect The Ambassador!"]
[Tat via Neatorama]
The very first Hello Kitty merch, Coin Purse, 1974
Name: Hello Kitty (née Kitty White)
Born: November 1, 1974
Known for: Presiding over a $5 billion dollar empire, pioneering kawaii style, having no mouth, that fucking red bow, serving as Japan’s tourism ambassador, being everyone’s favorite pussy–from children to club kids to celebrities to haters–and decorating everything from guns to bongs to maxi pads to vibrators.
What explains Hello Kitty’s enduring popularity?
Y’all, listen. I have a very serious question to ask you.
First, Just Jared posts pictures of you on a bright summer jaunt, wheeling around like a cute little farm girl on this bitchin’ Hello Kitty beach cruiser…
…and then it occurs to me that you’re actually hanging out on bikes with your fiancé Stephen Moyer’s hot ex, Lorien Haynes, accompanied by their daughter. You seem as comfortable with this woman’s past and mile-long legs as you are with Bryan Singer or that quirky little gap between your front teeth! It’s freakin’ amazing!
Lady, this is a display of maturity, coolness and personal security that I could never in my wildest dreams duplicate, ashamed as I am to admit it. Hell fucking no way I could do such a thing. Helllllll. Fuuuucking. Noooooooo. Waaaaaaaayyyy.
[via Just Jared]
The World Health Organization’s fearless leader, Margaret Chan (who, incidentally, I’m totally fascinated by) just announced that it has raised the alert level of swine flu to Phase 6–making it the first influenza pandemic of the 21st century.
Now before y’all get your antibacterial panties in a bunch, let’s talk about what this alert means. Phase 6 refers to the geographic spread of the flu, not the severity of the ailment. So although it may be reaching out across territories, you’re overall more likely to get killed by a car accident or the regular flu (Hmm. It’s never comforting for someone to say “you’re more likely to get killed…” is it?).
Chan says, “We have good reason to believe that this pandemic will be of moderate severity, and we know from experience that severity can vary on many factors from one country to another.”
So let’s try to relax. And think about more important things.
Like… how now seems to be a perfect time to break out the HELLO KITTY FACE MASKS!!!
Filed under: Alert Levels, Cuteness, Face Masks, Fashion Bungles, Hello Kitty, Hello Kitty Face Masks, Influenza, Margaret Chan, Pandemics, Panic, Sick Days, Swine Flu, W.H.O., World Health Organization
Either way, the inner feline seems none too thrilled about saying “Hello.”
Japan has named Hello Kitty a goodwill tourism ambassador in hopes that “tapping into that fan base will lead to a bigger flow of tourists into Japan.”