All The Asian Ladies…?

March 27, 2009

A few days ago, IvyGate posted a video by a Yale a cappella group called Mixed Company.  The gist of it is this: 4 Asian college students making a parody video based on Beyonce’s song, “Single Ladies.”  Except they replaced “Single” with “Asian.” … and replaced pop lyrics with, erm… sort of offensive lyrics.  See for yourself (brace yourself for the particularly ridiculous subtitled last verse):

I’m all for ironic, making-fun-of-stereotypes-and-those-who-use/believe-them humor… But this just isn’t that funny. I think the problem is with the execution. I think what they were trying to do was good… But they were just trying too damn hard without good enough results.

In short, it’s not quite over-the-top enough to place it in the “we’re clearly making fun of Asian stereotypes, not reinforcing them” category. People aren’t laughing at the stereotypes because they’re too busy either laughing at the performance or being uncomfortable with the subject matter.  Judging by the comments on IvyGate, I think people are probably pissed because hits close to home without being relatable enough to be funny.