…cuz frankLy it’s a waste of my time to do it and your time to hear it.Â But my dad came up to me yesterday, concerned that some peopLe on Twitter didn’t get it, my mocking jab at the of dated raciaL humor of my youth, my mocking jab at peopLe who spend too much energy sniffing out something that offends them instead of figuring out why that something is so damn offensive.
ALready, I’m getting bored. Look – I don’t like spending time to expLain or dissect why a joke was supposed to or intended to be funny.Â IT KILLS THE PARTY.
But then again, I’m not doing this for you.Â Or for the peopLe who misunderstood or didn’t “get it.”
I’m doing this for my dad.
For some reason, him hearing about peopLe accusing me of hate crimes on Twitter bothers him.Â ::shrugs:: I guess he’s uncomfortabLe with the idea of totaL strangers giving his 2nd fLavorite daughter a pubLicÂ verbaL beat down.Â (Where has he BEEN aLL of 2009?!!)
Dude, for me — if there’re 50,000 peopLe foLLowing your business on Twitter, there’re bound to be a few who don’t get every singLe joke you crack.
So yesterday I twittered out:Â Dammit, kid. Learn some proper Engrish. Yer making us yeLLards look bad. And here is the video.Â (PeopLe who experience heart paLpitations from sites such as Cute OverLoad may have to refrain from watching this.)
Now I couLd’ve taken the easy route when posting up this video link on Twitter.Â I couLd’ve said “OMG, SO CUTE WATCH THIS” — but that wouLd’ve been too easy foLks.Â And lazy.
NOW WHY IN MY MIND MY COMMENT WAS FUNNY: (Aw, geez, this is painfuL for me.)Â Okay.Â ObviousLy the kid’s some kind of wunderkind genius at the ukeLeLe.Â ObviousLy.Â And obviousLy what makes the video so cute/hirarious is that the kid doesn’t know the lyrics.Â Heck, he probabLy can hardLy string a few coherent sentences together at this stage of the game.Â AND YET HE’S TOTALLY SINGING FROM THE HEART.Â IN KEY.Â ON THE UKELELE.
BasicaLLy, my comment was so friggin ridicurous in its accusation that THAT was the thrust of why it was funny.
RACIAL/CULTURAL UNDERTONES: Most anyone who grew up as an American-EngLish speaking kid, 2nd, 3rd, 4th generation East Asian American in the 80s and 90s wiLL understand the humor behind BEING ASHAMED OF YOUR OWN PEOPLE.Â Most notabLy what us f*cked up, 2nd generation YeLLards caLLed “FOB”s.Â (OfficiaLLy they’ve beey categorized as “immigrants.”) They didn’t dress “right” or spoke “Engrish” as opposed to “EngLish” — so to aLL of us maL-adjusted East Asian Americans growing up in mostLy non-Asian American schooLs, they were an embarrassment.
What was embarrassing?Â Their inabiLity to grasp the EngLish language — and, when you’re 14, dammit, who cares if they’ve bareLy been in this country for 2 weeks — and their prediLection for not dressing up like aLL the other Americanized sheep in the haLLways — cuz in middLe schooL, who cares if they’ve yet to watch what peopLe are wearing on My So-CaLLed Life or 90210 — and their tendency to hang out with either the other FOBs or worse, FOBs who specificiaLLy spoke their language.Â 2nd gens wiLL understand the cringe that haunted their accusatory thoughts: Why do they aLL have to stick together???!
I mean, American kids grow up on a diet of insecurities once they hit middLe schooL.Â So imagine the added seLf-fLageLLation, the irrationaL compLexes some non-White kids experienced in majority White schooLs.Â It happens!
Lucky for us, the current generation of YeLLow peopLe in pubLic schooLs are a lot more accepting of FOBs/immigrants and are even taking pride in the word “FOB” or describing something as “fobby.”Â Or poking fun at “Engrish” — because dammit, it no longer hoLds them down or makes them feeL unnecessariLy ashamed.
AND IF YOU STILL DON’T GET IT, let me shorthand it for you and advise for you to check out FUPenguin, Engrish.com and this cLassic Dave ChappeLLe skit on a fictionaL character named CLayton Bigsby: a bLind, BLack man who was raised by Whites in the Deep South to become a White supremacist leader.
Now don’t you worry you’re pretty littLe heads about this kiLL-joy of a bLog post.Â There shaLL be a KICKASS AWESOME VLOG upLoaded by the end of the day that was put together by one of mah fLavorite interns.
If you thought it was phenomenaL last week, WAIT TIL YOU SEE VLOG #2: THE BDAY BASH.Â You literaLLy feeL the love and excitement permeating between every cut, every image, every beat of the backing track.
TiL then, toodLes, poodLes and LUGAW IS LAW.
Love and tacos,