Bad J-Pop Sketch is Jap in NBC’s Armor

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Good grief, after Jeremy Lin national lesson on Asian American Sensitivity we get THIS? SNL even did a decent Jeremy Lin sketch throwing out every insensitive pun out there, while firing a guy for making an insensitive remark about African Americans.

I think anytime white media makes fun of Asian culture, they have to include an actual Asian guest. Asian America, this is much worse than “Ch*nk in the Armor”, we demand that Clara Chung or KevJumba host Saturday Night Live or at least be invited as musical guests. NBC hasn’t ever had any regular Asian cast, I can’t even think if they’ve even invited any as guests, and they regularly use their non-Asian cast to play Asian characters. MadTV had that Asian guy in addition to black characters. My ask is that anytime they cast white-as-asian, they invite a real Asian to do at least some part

Now in all fairness, it is a sketch about white students doing Asian culture badly. The amount of cultural cues and accent-isms like “jewish day camp-uru” indicate some writers might actually be jpop fans, but…….

This recap missed the point: a bit titled “J Pop” which saw Michigan State students welcome their friend from Jewish summer camp, who happened to be a Samurai sword enthusiast.

My rule on racist jokes is that it had better be pretty damn funny. They seem to want to make fun of white kids, but it really doesn’t come off that well. The Clara Chung concert I saw in Seattle was wall-to-wall Asians with a handful of caucasians who I spoke with who explained that they, too were K-pop fans from their Korean friends.

Angry Asian Man Liked It

Even Angry Asian Man who called for blood with “Ch*nk in the Armor” thinks THIS was funny. (I mean is the fake Japanese accent really part of being a fan???)

saturday night live spoofs japanese pop culture fans

I don’t know about you, but I thought this recent Saturday Night Live sketch, “J-Pop America Fun Time Now,” was pretty funny — and dead-on. It spoofs some of the over-excited, obsessive (and often misguided) American fans that populate otaku culture. Don’t lie. You know people like this.

“Sensei Mark, you must know I am not racist. My girlfriend is Japanese!” Yeah, you know it. They went there. From what I understand, some anime and J-pop fans were apparently offended by this sketch. I can’t imagine why…

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