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Let’s Not Call The “Gooks Of Hazzard” Tee Hipster Racism, Or Racism Against Asians, Let’s Just Call It Racism
Baker Skateboards’ “Gooks of Hazzard” t-shirt, featuring two of its sponsored professional skaters, Don Nguyen and Daniel Shimizu, seems like one of those ideas that started out as an inside joke between friends, got elaborated upon over a few bowls–Let’s make the General Lee a street tuner! And call it the “General Li,” he he–got further elaborated upon, within an inch of its life–More wordplay! Let’s call ‘em “good orr boys” since Asian accents are funny! And this shirt is funny! And we are oh-so-clever!–got approved, inexplicably, as a t-shirt design exactly one minute later, and got printed onto a baseball tee and pushed to market for $18.99 before Visine ever hit the clouded eye.
It’s a shame Baker didn’t spend more time fleshing out this idea–no pun intended–because it seems all they left out in the execution of this tee was only the most important figure in this familiar cast of characters–and of course I’m talking about the racist corollary to Daisy Duke and her short shorts. I mean, just think of the possibilities. Lazy Gooks, anyone?!
The Asian American Justice Center has issued a statement protesting this shirt that said, in part:
“Baker Skateboards, and the outlets that sell this shirt, should be aware that use of the term ‘gook’ on their apparel is offensive and quite simply amounts to racism for sale. No one should seek to profit from racism.”
Media reaction, however, has been limited and, I’d venture to say, highly forgiving. TMZ, Continue reading Let’s Not Call The “Gooks Of Hazzard” Tee Hipster Racism, Or Racism Against Asians, Let’s Just Call It Racism
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With Halloween right around the corner, a lot has been said already about the latest crop of costumes–from the good to the bad to the offensive. An Illegal Alien costume, which was pulled from the shelves of Target and Walgreens this week after complaints from immigrant rights groups, seems to be this year’s undisputed winner in the last category.
Description: Your cutie will look vibrant and colorful in this Chinese themed dog dress! Features an adorable Asian floral print on magenta with faux thread Chinese toggles on the back and white satin trim.
Filed under: Costumes, Geishas, Halloween, Halloween Costumes, Illegal Immigrasian, Immigrant Rights, Immigrants, People as Accessories, Pet Costumes, Pimps, Racial Drag, Racist Gear, Racist Halloween Pet Costumes
Weren’t born with slanty-eyes but really really want them? Have no fear, slanties are here!
Based on “ancient Inuit eyewear,” slanties are sure to make you stand out among your round-eyed kinfolk! Although…
…they may just have the adverse effect and make you look like yet another useless hipster-cheesedick-stylebiter-turd-poseur-waste-of-space-and-humanity-and-barstools-at-watering-holes-I-used-to-like-to-drink-at in skinny jeans.
And the world needs more of those, really it does.
Thanks, Josh and Jasmine! Don’t be sad, Elizabeth!