International Topless Jihad Day

The Stream discussed the Ukranian protest group named “FEMEN” and “Topless Jihad Day” this past Tuesday. The protest has quickly grown popularity to the extent that it has become global. Youtube videos of FEMEN are available all over the Internet of woman protesting topless for equality in the world. This new wave of feminism is not approved by a large amount of woman in other parts of the world. That the protest may work fine in the Ukraine but it will surely be a disaster in Middle Eastern countries. The big difference is the laws. Laws in other parts of the world protect woman whereas Middle Eastern countries want to stone Amina to death for exposing herself in the Internet. FEMEN provided the wrong type of protest that delivered attention that drew away from the actual protest. The protest did not get followed with actions to what they were actually protesting. When I saw some of the videos in my mind I thought, all I see are some topless crazy woman running around with signs and paint on them. To me, it is an unsuccessful campaign that is not delivering the positive message that they are striving for. It was not until I saw the video from The Stream that I understood the situation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KhEeDA4cllk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LyAVyEncZs

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Bruce from Family Guy

Ever since my floor got flooded I had to live with a roommate in a different building. I do not watch television but he had one and I now watch some television sometimes. One of the most watched programs that we also watch on television is Family Guy. Family Guy is known to everyone in the United States. It is a comedy television show that relies on inappropriate crude humor and violence. It is extremely blunt and chaotic at times. With everything that goes on the show, I want to focus on a character named Bruce. Not a whole lot of viewers will recognize the name immediately. They will know who I’m talking about if I say, “the gay guy from Family Guy”. Bruce has come out fairly often in the Family Guy series. Though his role is small, he has become a familiar face to many because he well known as the “gay guy” of the show. Bruce has many stereotypical features that automatically marks him as a queer. He wears a gold earring loop on his ear, has a mustache, and a very soft voice that speaks “gay” to the audience. Bruce is very nice and polite, almost too feminine for a male role. He is never seen as aggressive or even raises his voice throughout the show. A gay friend of mine saw the video of Bruce in the link that I posted along here and he said, “I don’t sound like that”, and did an impersonation of Bruce afterwards with one of Bruce’s common phrase, “oh no”. Even though the voice of Bruce disturbed him a bit, he still finds Bruce to be an entertaining character because he is able to connect with some of Bruce’s encounters. In one scene of Family Guy, Bruce is in the fast lane at a grocery store and he adds an item to his cart that gives him a total of 11 items. The fast lane has a sign that says 10 items or less. Bruce notices that he has less and is casually worried about it but the cashier tells him not to worry about it because it is fine. Bruce responds saying, “no, rules are rules”, and tries to figure out what not to buy to go back down to 10 items. My gay friend had a similar experience and that is why he accepts Bruce as a character but is still disappointed with Bruce’s voice and the exaggeration that Bruce performs to sound gay.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qRmGpWufd0

Asian American representation in 21 and Over

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21 and Over is pretty much the college version of the Hangover. The movie comes out this Friday, March 1st, and the trailer for the movie reveals that it centers around a college Asian American guy named Jeff Chang who is turning 21 soon. Jeff’s friends say in the trailer, “We have a moral obligation to get him drunk”. The movie revolves around turing 21 and the madness that goes with. I chose to blog about this movie because Justin Chon, who plays the character Jeff Chang, is on the poster of the movie. So when I saw that I thought that I finally found an American movie with an Asian leading actor. But after seeing the trailer I don’t believe that Justin Chon will be as active in the movie as I originally thought. The movie certainly revolves around him and is about him but he seems to play small parts in the movie.

Jeff has an Americanized personality but still shows signs of the model minority Asian American. He is in college with a 4.0 GPA and the day he turns 21 he has a medical school interview that is extremely important to him. It is cool to see a movie that is about an Asian American but I would have liked to have him play a bigger role in the movie. I’m hoping that I’m wrong, but as big as a character as he is in movie, he does not seem to be the main character. What I got out of the trailer was that he turns 21, goes out to drink with his friends, passes out for awhile, then resurfaces toward morning time. Throughout the movie Jeff is most likely doing something stupid and obnoxious while his friends destroy his liver with alcohol. Asians are seen as light drinkers so a couple of beers would be enough to intoxicate a typical Asian. After Jeff takes his first beer in the trailer, he seems long gone. And while Jeff is running around doing drunk stuff, his friends are enjoying the moment and also babysitting him at the same time. There is where I feel that the main angle of the movie lies. That the movie is going to focus a lot on Jeff’s friends as Jeff’s caretaker. That Jeff is going to disappear or get into trouble and it is going to be up to his friends to save him or keep him out of trouble.

So I believe that it is great that Justin Cho got a role in the movie that revolves around him but it does not truly star him. There seems to be plenty of typical Asian stereotypes surrounding him in the movie such as strict parents, light weight drinker, straight A’s, med school, and to-nice-to-say-no attitude. Like a male version of the lotus blossom women. 

Here is the trailer to the movie.
http://youtu.be/Bc9vHeGNTY0

Here is a couple links to info on the movie.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1711425/
http://www.fandango.com/21andover_155377/movieoverview