18MR Asks: What Happens When You Make Asians "Asian"?
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The community's response to the racist Android apps “Make Me Asian” and “Make Me Indian” (along with a host of other problematic apps) by developer “KimberyDeiss” have gotten coverage on national news channels like CNN, Huffington Post and The Daily Beast.
Anchors and pundits have talked about the apps being offensive to Asian Americans and Native Americans, but often shy away from why.
Illustrating a racial or ethnic group via stereotypical characteristics and reducing them to those characteristics is racist.
So 18MR wondered: what happens when you make Asians "Asian"? In order to find out, we tried the app out ourselves. Here's what we ended up with:
If you're as creeped out as we are, we bet that George, Mindy, Aziz and Jeremy would be pretty creeped out, too. Check out even more ridiculous celebrity "Asianmakers" on our Facebook page.
If you think these pics and the "Make me Asian" app is all sorts of wrong, please share these celebrity images with them on Facebook/Twitter with the hastag #makemeracist and ask them to signal boost our petition to take down these racist apps (and stay tuned for efforts around "Make me Indian").
If you need a nudge, you can lift this sample tweet (just remember to change the handle to whichever celebrity you're tweeting at):
- Tweet @azizansari/@mindykaling/@kalpenn/etc: Hey @azizansari have you seen the Make Me Asian app? bit.ly/aa-asian More like #makemeracist! Let's take it down. bit.ly/makemeasian
- You can also Share with George on Facebook. Be sure to tag George Takei in your post!
- And if you just want to share the petition, click here.
Thanks for all your work sharing this important issue with your family and friends!