Thursday, 24 March 2011

Ching chong ling long ting tong

Alexandra Wallace's infamous YouTube rant generated the usual two-minutes hate from the expected quarters and resulted in her dropping out of UCLA. Did she deserve this? I'd say not. She was simply giving her opinion (love it or hate it) on an actual event that she had witnessed, and passed some observations on Asian cultural mores. The tone itself was more crass than offensive, but without any overt incitement to violence it seems surprising that anyone should spend more than a couple of minutes musing on it before passing on to something more worthwhile.

Just some thoughts on the matter:

  • At her age (early twenties, I'd guess), everyone should be allowed some slack for injudicious remarks. Granted, it was very foolish to put the video up in this day and age (how could she be so unaware of the PC-police?) but if everyone was to be slapped down for stupidity then the world would be a quieter, duller place.

  • The backlash from Asians, particularly ethnic Chinese individuals, reeks of hypocrisy. I'm half-Chinese myself and I know what we say about other races when no-ones listening.

  • However impolitely expressed, there is an element of truth to her observations.

  • The selective hypocrisy of minority race champions and leftie/liberals in the whole affair is not unexpected but still nauseating. What are the odds of this generating widespread outrage and the perpetrator being hounded out of town if the tables were turned? Actually we don't even need to speculate, Kent Wong, a professor and open borders advocate at UCLA itself, didn't seem to do his career any harm by race-baiting "white old guys".

Well, even though she has now been made an example of, I would still counsel caution to the satisfied parties before they overly indulge in congratulatory back-slapping. My main concern with shrill protests from these protected minorities is that they don't take into account that the silent majority, in fact any group that is the defining majority in a particular society, has limits to its tolerance especially if it feels it is on the road to losing this status and being marginalised. They would do well to remember that white males have been incredibly violent in the past and they may have helped nudge the clock hand forward just a tiny bit here.

Why should I care? I'm not American or a resident and non-white to boot. To me it's a simple question of fairness. Ideally I would prefer a society where it is possible to express robust, no-holds-barred views about race, sex, religion, culture etc... but failing that, then the hands-off approach should be applied fairly on all sides. The current situation, with designated target groups (who have to take everything lying down) and protected groups (untouchable due to past discrimination) is just a breeding ground for resentment on one hand, and over-reach on the other.

Anyway, to lighten up, this guy rocks.

Lest anyone thinks that I'm cutting the fair Alexandra some slack because I fancy her, I actually think she's a bit of a porker (although others may beg to differ). From those pics she appears to have put on a fair amount of weight in a few years and seems to be a typical specimen of the chubby white chick. I would guess when she hits 28 or 29 she'll be sagging and drooping all over the place and her thighs will be so riddled with cellulite that they'll look like cottage cheese. That's when she'll realise that she ought to have eaten more bean sprouts and tofu!

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