The "T" in "T-Mobile" is for WTF?

June 27, 2005

This week's bad guy is T-Mobile, who are currently promoting their fee-less cell phone service using flash animated banners of the "Poser Mobile Posse". The Posse are three cartoon figures: "Big Spenda" Lopez, "The Fee" Jones, and, naturally, "25 cent" Chang. In the animations, they are "posing" as cell phone service providers who try to sell their customers on the hip hop cred of their services, all the while charging fees. You can see the three banners on this student's website. And here's a closer view of our very own representative, "25 cent Chang".

The three caricatures of a smoked-out Latino, slit-eyed, grinning Asian, and fat, pimped-out white guy are a new, interesting spin on using racial stereotypes to sell product. Instead of selling mainstream whiteness a la Aryancrombie and Fitch, T-Mobile is itself clearly trying to sell black hip hop cred. The implication of the ads is that whites, Latinos and Asians are not really hip hop, not really street, not really trustworthy. The ads are meant to appeal to a consumer base that will presumably accept this premise without question: either a black consumer base, or a non-black consumer base anxious to acquire street legitimacy themselves.

That Latinos, whites and Asians are being sacrificed in favor of a tough, street image of blackness is, as I said, interesting, since we're used to seeing blacks, Latinos and Asians sacrificed for a clean image of whiteness. But it's only interesting for about two minutes. Then it's just racist. I really hope they don't think this ploy will actually work.

If you want to tell them yourself exactly what kind of metal this balloon is made of, here's the contact info:
T–Mobile Customer Relations
PO Box 3730
Albuquerque, NM 87176-7380
email: click on the words  CONTACT US at the bottom of their website

Thanks to May-lee Chai, via Heather Woodward, for the heads up.




First of all, I want to tell you that I am Chinese. Why? Because you won't think that I will use the name CHING CHONG, will you? Why does it matter? It’s just a name, like the commercial, it's just trying to be FUNNY. Why not? Why do you (those of you who think that the commercial is full of racism and stereotype shit). OH, COME ON! GIVE ME A BREAK!!! WHY CAN'T YOU JUST LAUGH AT A STUPID COMMERIAL AND BE HAPPY? My friend and I laugh about everything because we don’t over think “RACISM”. You should really look up this word in the dictionary. Maybe you are the one who's racist and begging for some pity here. DO YOU KNOW WHY ASIANS ALWAYS GET MADE FUN OF??? Because some stupid morons like you guys, think everyone is being racist to your races. INSTEAD OF TRYING TO GET ALONG WITH OTHER PEOPLE, you decide to "SO CALL STAND UP FOR YOUR RACE" and use some silly commercial to prove your stupid idea. I was not born here in the U.S., I came from Hong Kong. I don’t get offended by a silly commercial. Some black folks will say “CHOW MEIN”, so? DOES IT MEAN THEY ARE RACIST? We all have something we are most familiar with one race. YOU AND ME AND EVERYONE ARE RACISTS THEN???? “CHOW MEIN” IS A RACIST STATEMENT? CUZ A BLACK FOLK SAID THAT??? It’s just an example if you know what I mean. I LOVE DAVE CHAPPELLE. He makes fun of all races, including his own race. BUT IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT HE IS A RACIST. INSTEAD, HE MAKES FUN OF RACISM. Because RACISM exists in this country, and all over the world, SOMETIMES WE CAN JUST STOP THINKING TOO HARD AND LAUGH AT A LITTLE SKIT. Why is it racist just because a little asian guy dressed “ghetto”? BECAUSE THERE ARE PEOPLE DRESSING THAT WAY???? DOES IT PUT A LABEL TO ALL ASIANS AND SAY WE ARE GHETTO? No. Those of you who watch the Chinese channel in California. There was a commercial about a white guy going into a Chinese store ang wanting to get a wallet. The Chinese people were speaking in Chinese and make fun of him because he can’t understand Chinese and he’s a drop out. It is A FUCKING CHINESE COMMERICAL. SO WHITE PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO GET UPSET AND RISE UP “YOU CHINESE ARE RACISTS BECAUSE YOU MADE SUCH COMMERICAL!” My friends just laugh at it. TAKE IT EASY AND LAUGH. MAYBE IF ONE DAY SOME WHITE PEOPLE DRESS LIKE KKK AND TRY TO HUNT YOU DOWN, THEN YOU CAN CALL THEM RACISTS.
we've rarely had to moderate any discussions on our blog before, and hyphen's bloggers would just as soon not have to do it. but someone posted an extremely offensive comment here today and i had to remove it.the comment contained completely gratuitous racial slurs, using racial epithets repeatedly to refer to members of various ethnic groups. this is unacceptable, and i'm pretty sure the poster knew that we would consider it unacceptable. in fact, i'm pretty sure the post was made just to insult and anger us and our readers.we at hyphen are currently discussing posting a policy for comments on our blog. until we have a policy (if we decide to create one) i will personally be moderating this post and its comments, since i posted the story, and since this post has been such a magnet for inappropriate comments.there will be no more personal attacks, name-calling or racial slurs on this particular thread. feel free to post any opinion you actually hold -- but watch your language.
wow, i didnt realize how many hypersensitive whiny Asian people there were. their commercials were only trying to convey the idea that substance over style rules, not offensive attempts at stereotyping everyone but blacks as rap posers. frankly i found the commercials amusing and anyone whos sent emails or complained to t-mobile over them need to go outside, calm down, and get a life. my best friend and i were laughing our asses off for about 15 minutes imitating the commercial in the bowling alley. 'fees shorty, fees!' pssst by the way im Asian (Filipino t.b.e.)
i'd just like to give you all a little background to seriously consider before you continue to blast T-Mobile's "Poser Mobile" campaign:this campaign began as an attempt to MOCK the hip-hop flavored campaign launched by boost mobile. you might have seen those commercials - "where you at?" - one has Eve and one has Fat Joe, and they're frankly really stupid.anyways, the whole point of "Poser Mobile" is to make fun of those commercials - and to me it makes a lot of sense to make a group of wannabe thugs include an asian, a white guy, and a latino (it's kinda hard to pull off a black wanna-be thug, lol).stereotypical as it may be, the commercial came out really funny, so i guess the t-mobile execs just decided to extend the campaign out to include banners - so they named each of the characters and just assigned them generic names (lopez, chang, etc.). i don't think there was any malicious intent in that either.look, the point is, the commercial was EXTREMELY funny. and not because the asian guy said anything in particular, or because the white guy was acting thuggish, or anything like that -- it was the lines ("fees, shorty, fees!") and the acting performances. i think most people appreciated the commercial for what it was, an attempt to make fun of boost mobile, and not as some racist attempt to make fun of asian people trying to be black.incidentally, i'm indian american, so while i'm not exactly east asian, i'm asian american nonetheless, and i found this perfectly funny (and so did all of my CJK friends, and all of my white friends). i think you should take this at face value, and not read in too much to names like "25 cent chang" or depictions of the asian american, because t-mobile obviously isn't making fun of asians.
what's the deal with people fucking talking about white people not having to deal with being stereotyped and are not accepting of incursions?pretty ignorant to the "real world" if all you can assume is this petty little bullshit that "the man" is demanding to be accepted into anything he wants to "venture" into.people that have the skills and qualities to do things in this country are accepted regardless of race, creed, color, religion or sexual preference.and if you think i'm speaking out the side of my neck like what most of you limp dick asswipes are doing then why don't you just take a look at sports, music, hell....take a fucking look at all of the best guitarists ever was an acclaimed black man named Jimmy Hendrix, one of the best up and coming centers in the nba is an asian name Yao Ming, too many funny latino comedians to name but a few are Cheech Marin / George Lopez / and yes Carlos Mencia.and as i said before, are all of these "people" not accepted regardless if they worship buddah, eat chittlins, drink tequilla, or most of all represent their culture / ethnicity to the extent of being proud about who they are and where their ancestors came from?everyone bitches about racism this and racism that, how about you stop pulling the fucking race card everytime something offends you...all you're doing is fueling the fire for an even bigger explosion.theres racism anywhere you want to lay your head at in this world, but you come to a country based mostly on freedom of basically everything you can imagine, and you want to nit pick at the simple fucking things that are done such as a funny ass commercial about overcharging cell phone companies and the competition that they're up against.i just can't seem to grasp the concept of how all you petty fucking neglected people can deal with life everyday considering that "the man" is out to get you and that everything people do nowdays is racist.i mean may it be forbidden that you have to deal with real life issues such as murder, rape and starvation, because there are people far worse off than any of you could imagine being.did any of you asians bitch about all of the names of the asian family in the movie My Babies Daddy? or do you think that white people bitched about that white guy Brad in Malibu's Most Wanted?hell no, simply because it was what it was....comedy at it's best. why don't all of you people do what alot of others have said in this forum and get a life other than the one you have that lets you sit at a computer for 90% of your concious life looking for shit to argue about and try to make a senseless point about.if T Mobile had made his name Chop Stick Chang rather than 25 Cent Chang (which was meant to make fun of 50 Cent) then i'd see a crumb of a reason to yell "THE RACIST COATS ARE COMING".but until someone blatently says or does a racist act towards you or your "people" then pipe down and drink a nice tall glass of shut the fuck up like CJ says in Dawn of The Dead.
Wow. I liked seeing this dialogue through, although I liked it more before it began its descent 1/4th of the way through.Thanks all who participated (constructively), once again, for providing some exercise for my brain--especially in race matters. If it were not for this site (largely) and ones like it I would not have known about the media portrayals of recent: Abercrombie and Fitch, and Details are the two I can name. Being in a area where I'd say the radar is less likely to pick up, and people are less likely to speak up, it's good to know someone's out there checking things out and speaking up. Without this, things would just pick up momentum in likely, the wrong way, I think.However, I am Asian-American and I didn't even get the offense, really. Others have made the point: I saw it as a take on "posers." I saw it as a multicultural thing, actually(!) Although now I do wonder how they could have handled a "black" person on the "poser" side...I am more offended by the above two, and now I recall the tsunami disaster. I admit I haven't looked up the resolution on that one, but I feel that everyone forgives and is forgiven too easily, and then the whole thing is forgotten.Using Abercrombie & Fitch as an example, because I feel it most appropriate, I actually wish in that case, the offending t-shirts had at least stayed on market for a while. I would have worn one! I don't know if it would have been productive, but I think that they took them off the market so quickly, the whole thing died down and few people learned anything. If these issues left would we have a forum for discourse? Perhaps I am a little extreme in this matter, but I feel it is good to throw something in the fire, if it can be used as a way to learn, and to teach others. (?) At least, for that reason, it's good to have this stuff pop up every so often. I don't think we can idealistically erase everything at once, but it must happen over time, with lessons like these...??? Ask an American about the Abercrombie and Fitch thing and most will likely not know...?Or for example, when I once took a class on queer culture, a woman in the first day said "I don't understand, as a straight woman, how this is all important..." and admittedly that was asking for trouble, but the (my impression) most outspoken critic of straightness jumped on her comment and one of the very few vocal perspectives that may have enlightened those of some straight woman left the class. I would have loved to have known what else she had to say. But the other woman set the tone.If Asians used as humor is the wrong idea, what is the right idea? I wonder... it almost seems Asians have been portrayed in so many ways (some more than others, unfortunately) that most options have been exhausted?The big issue, perhaps, is the lack of a number of positive role models or images that can help to neutralize already negative stereotypes. Maybe?I like B.D. Wong. He's one of the few current Asian people I can think of on TV (although all I watch is Law and Order). He's still a doctor though...(?) And pretty much the only guy.With only that, people perpetuate whatever they see. And as it's been said, people watch the media. Sure, not everyone, but certainly it happens. I always get pinned as the Chinese who can't speak English but can kick your ass. And a lot of martial arts inspired noise...There will be a fight until we have neutralized the negative stereotyping. Negative stereotyping perpetuated in the media is not helping to reverse the trend.Certainly not all see Asians in a negative light, but some do--I agree, don't think you aren't going to be subject to racist behavior in some way, somewhere, because you will be. And this is why it's important to speak up.In times like these, I wish there was a "Top 10" for understanding race relations. I think the first of those would be something like the whole "put yourself in their position" thing.
and one other thing that i could think of just before i went to sleep was that all of you dumbass arrogant fuckwads that keep saying "us" pertaining to people of color rather than mankind are the reason that others want to discriminate and segregate themselves from you.maybe if you started seeing shit from as many perspectives as that eggdrop "brain" (i use that word in moderation considering some of you have none or never read the instructions on how to use it) then maybe life wouldn't seem so one-sided that the white man is against you or that life is stacked against all minorities.because i for one don't see asians as saki drinking rice eating kamikazes, nor do i see blacks as lip plating spear chucking cannibals, and needless to say that i don't see latinos as border jumping car stealing lazy as i'm saying plain and simple, come out of your ninja turtle shell and live a life full of love and enjoyment rather than resentment and up your minds rather than your mouths or more bluntly think before you speak because your alligator mouth can oveweigh your canary ass.
A few points:1. Some people are reading (and writing off) this discussion too quickly. The, um, "critique" that "all" of the complaints are complaining about anti-Asian racism is sadly mistaken. If you look (and think) carefully, you'll see that there are subtle, but important differences in the REASONS for being concerned about the commercials. In other words, you're doing a George Bush ("You're either WITH 25-Cent Chang or you're AGAINST 25-Cent Chang!!!").2. It is not anyone's business to refer to some imaginary hierarchy of "suffering." Just because some people "suffer more," it doesn't mean that people who "suffer less" shouldn't seek (and be given) justice. People who care about social/cultural justice should confront (or discuss or combat) matters of possible social/cultural injustice whenever it occurs. Telling other people that their concerns are less important than others is really stupid and invalid.3. I'm not sure if these commercials are "racist," but they obviously depend on RACIAL/ETHNIC STEREOTYPES for their humor (see Phil U's post immediately above). If you don't agree, I'm sorry to tell you this, but you have a poor vocabulary. Please consult with a dictionary to look up stereotypes before hysterically screeching that that I'm this or that (see point 1 above). Which stereotypes are "posers" and which stereotypes are "real"? Follow? Now, is it possible that stereotypes do more bad than good (to stereotype holders and stereotype targets)? It becomes clear that it's not just about "racism" and it's not just about Asians (as some people have been trying to point out). It's also about people being very comfortable with some stereotypes.4. T-Mobile is an awful mobile phone service provider with indisputably the worst signal strength/coverage among the major providers. Once again boys and girls: T-Mobile is crap. If you subscribe with T-Mobile (whether it's because you think Catherine Zeta Jones is hot or you don't want to be a "poser"), you are a sucker who cares more about image than quality. Congratulations, T-Mobile subscribers on being certified posers.
interesting...yeah, i'm back again.Just sorta wanted to re-iterate my point, just in case it got lost in the thread, or if i didn't say to well the last time - I do agree that not everything is meant as a malicious or even passive attack on a specific race or ethnic group, and its probably not the best thing overall to go around hunting for demons everywhere you go. But at the same time - just because we, for whatever our own personal reasons, or all the people in our circle (friends, in a lot of ways tend to share many similar view points and humor anyway, which is in a large part why you are friends in the first place) don't find something offensive (like, say ... i dunno ... the T-Mobile commercial) - That doesn't mean that it's NOT offensive. Offense, i'm pretty sure, is a subjective and personal impression on a given situation. I would hope that people wouldn't assume to take away or discount anyone's right to feel the way they do about something that affects them.someone made an interesting queery - as to how they might have tried to include a black person (keeping in mind that i'm black myself) as one of those "posers". I dunno, exactly - but it instantly brought to mind that Sprite commercial a few years ago "Image is nothing, taste is everything" where they had these 2 black guys and 1 white guy on the basketball court, trash-talking or something, looking all hard-ass and whatnot - ya know - tough street ball players. and then the guy is holding the can upside down, and upon this being pointed out to him, he breaks off into his "real" method of speaking - some kind of uppity, pseudo-british-whatever, high-class artsy tone, highlighting that he's really an actor, "pretending" to be that image of a "black street-baller". and i dunno. I didn't find it offensive or anything. Funny, at the time. Nobody really spoke of it, but just in thinking now - i'd guess that that would be a somewhat "fair" image of a "black poser" trying to put on an image of supposed "black-ness" (not exactly a real word), or trying to portray an image of something people like to attribute to "black culture", (i.e. - basketball in the sprite commercial, or hip-hop in the T-mobile commercial)not making a super huge point with this - just thought i'd mention.and yeah, like I said - i find the t-mobile commercial funny, and i personally interpreted the message of it the way - "Patrick" (a few posts earlier) did - that of "substance over style".But people that did and do take offense to it, must have their reasons and are perfectly justified in that.oh, and last point - I agree that asians aren't adequately represented in media. there aren't alot that don't have anything to do with martial arts in movies or the like. But some notable ones are Daniel Dae Kim on Lost. Great f'n show. and he only speaks Korean on the show the whole time. He's not a comical or silly stereotype at all. He's actually one of the more inspiring characters, and was the focal point of some of the best and most endearing scenes and episodes last season. If you don't watch the show - you are missing out.Also - there's John Cho - from American Pie, that awesome short-lived show on the WB - Off Centre, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and Better Luck Tomorrow. - I think he's done great work, and is breaking a lot of ground against the stereotypical roles that many asians had once been confined to.oh, and also - yes, men are often cast as idiots on many sitcoms on televison today. The fathers are always crazy and stupid, with the wife balancing them out and fixing whatever problems they get into. why is this? - how would I know? i have my theories, but i don't want to get into that right now. But this is something ive noticed as well. makes me miss and appreciate one of my all-time favorite shows - Married With Children, which had no shame or fear in portraying the wife in a super humorous, though exceedinly flawed fashion.ok, i'm out.ciao
alright, children, did you not hear mommy say "no namecalling" and "no personal attacks"? since you still haven't learned to play nicely, mommy's taking the toy away. go to your rooms now. no more comments will be accepted for this post.
interesting posts of late including the return of Phil U. (how is the social life shaping up Phil?)so it would seem that a black person (man) as 'thug' is to be accepted as real (un-pose-able?). so to is it 'unreal' that a black person (man) would have a british accent or use proper diction. i suppose that it would be equally 'unreal' for him to NOT be a 'baller'. while I am sure that most of you would decry holding these limiting opinions of black people, ask yourself this: to what extent do i 'assume' certain attitudes, postures or presupositions regarding interests, political positions or other 'social' constructs based on the ethnicity of whom I am looking at? I found the T-mobile commercial amusing and offensive. Amusing in that the 'mark' - the customer - was ASSUMED by the posers to be a 'hip-hopster' and that such 'trinkets' as ridiculous 'bling bling' and sideways-worn baseball caps would make them (the posers) 'credible'. Thankfully the marks shut them down. Ah, critical thinking by 'the mark'!It was insulting in that a decidedly black-created subculture (hip-hop\b-boys) can be instantly appropriated by almost anyone and they expect instant access to the 'society' that created that culture. Thus, blacks are being told 'you may create it but you can't own it'. This is more insulting from T-Mobile (and Boost, who should be slapped for their 'tag line) than even Chang and Lopez. The thing is if all it takes to 'enter black\hip-hop -dom' is an oversized t-shirt, a baseball cap and some fake chains, are blacks afforded the same 'passport' into the "other's" world by donning a tie and suit? a banana bike and chinos? a mandarin collar shirt and a souped-up Civic?Evidence would suggest no. Evidence would suggest that certain people, no matter how acclimated they are to whatever 'society' they are in, are never truly 'accepted'. This is a problem. The key perpetrators of this one-way border crossing phenomenon are white men (no offense to any white men out there). They are somehow afforded the veneer of 'legitimacy' in any 'culture' to which they decide to venture. This is repeated so often in so many instances that I will not bother to cite examples. This is not to suggest that all such 'incursions' are posing and bogus. In many instances, the is true admiration and 'love' of that which they are inserting themeselves into (the obvious twists this metaphor can take are left to your imagination). However, it is amazing how often we (by 'we', I mean non-whites) are accepting of their incursions but skeptical of simimlar incursions by those unlike us (specifically) but 'not white'. One of the other problems is that in the US (Canada and other places right now, but coming soon to a culture near you!) 'Culture' is fluid - it is miscible in free societies. When is a imitation flattery and when is it theft? What happens when culture meets CuisinArt life? latkas and scallion cakes. catfish and black bean sauce. Be careful where you throw your rock, there may be a window in the way.Historically in this country, blacks have fared least well in this exchange (Jim Kelly always loses eventually in the Bruce Lee films but Chuck Norris gets a TV show; Eric Clapton is a great blues guitarist and Chuck Berry can't pay his rent). Asian men are not portrayed much at all - but at least B.D. Wong is a doctor (better that than a thug, Phil). The lack of positive and realistic representations is bad. Chang would not be nearly so annoying if there were more Daniel Dae Kims - a man of many facets, including 'enforcer' for a business boss - not exactly a 'model' minority (and his wife befriends the black guy (Aww Shit!!!) who actually BUILDS a raft, but is perpetually pissed off). His use of Korean heightens the acting challenge - except where subtited he must convey his 'meaning' with his face and not words. Tough role.John Cho? his best attribute is that he has become 'just a man' as an actor. THIS IS A GOOD THING!!! Maybe he will be cast in roles (probably comic - John Cusack-ian?) that have nothing to do with the fact he is Asian. Sort of like Denzel Wahsington (but he still didn't get to kiss Julie Roberts at the end of the Pelican Brief and neither will J.C.).So, after all of this, check yourself for allowing stereotyping to cloud your field of vision and work actively to present a more realistic view of yourself and your respective 'affinity' to the larger world. Don't 'pose' and don't assume others are either.And if you see somebody frontin' step to 'em.
What races should they have picked for each character?
good question Evan. Everybody is 'something' so no matter who they picked they would have the chance of offending someone. I think the real sensitivity is not that the commercial pokes fun at a group, but that there are so few images of certain groups and so limited a range of images that the resulting 'stereotyping' produced by such a limited view is bad for them.Being blunt, one of the problems in the US is that when a white guy does something (or portrays a role) he is judged or viewed as an individual, not a representative for all white guys, but for non-whites that is not the case. How often, after the OJ case, did non-blacks ask black people 'so what do you think of the OJ verdict?' like black people all have some sort of psychic link to OJ or a collective consciousness. Do people ask white men 'so what do you think of the BTK killer?' Are ALL white executives questioned in business because of Ken Lay at Enron? No. You don't see 'white leaders'. You see 'conservative' or 'liberal' or 'business' or whatever. This range of representation is not afforded 'minorities' so they are a bit more sensitive to singular negative portrayals because they will be 'asked' to answer for those portrayals.See the problem.
Ugh. Apparantly, there's a whole series of TV commercials being built around these characters.You can view the two out so far using the links in the right column under "Puttin' Spinners on my Kla":
Wow, thanks Phil. This is what I get for not watching tv. Apparently, these animated characters are live action on tv. The white and Latino dudes are fakin' da funk, but the Asian has a cheesy-chinesey accent.Wow. So over this already, and I've only been aware of it for 24 hours.
Actually, I think your initial post still applies. It's a pretty offensive campaign. It's clear all of the characters' races were chosen deliberately (though, irresponsibly).I've fired off an email to T-Mobile Press Relations and Marketing. I'll keep you posted on what happens.
This is absolutely ridiculous! Why can't satire and parody exist in commercials that are meant to be funny? The message is clear to most people, don't buy into a company's image - buy into a service that isn't going to hit you with fees, connect charges and other hidden costs. Are you all actually offended by the commercials? I'm white and I think its funny stuff. It's people like you that are the cause of censorship in America. You should be ashamed of yourself for complaining about a G rated television ad and you should feel embarrassed that you are compelled to email T-Mobile's Press Relations and Marketing. You can keep your boring existence to yourself - turn off your television sets and your radios so as not to hear all of the "racism" in advertising. Stop trying to destroy our America where free speech and free press are the foundation of our freedom as well as our media. I hope your crusade doesn't turn out to be a witch-hunt.
Jeb,You should be ashamed that you never noticed, at the very least, that the image of the Asian guy was stereotyped and racist. Better check yourself, your ignorance is showing.There were plenty of white people during the civil rights movement who were protesting at the ridiculousness of objections to "funny" images of blacks: Stepinfetchit, figurines of Mammies with breasts caught in laundry wringers, African "savages" with bones in their noses and enormous lips cannibalizing whites, etc, etc, etc. Do you agree with them?The fact that Asians are now protesting the persistence of racism in images of Asians is not a sign of our ridiculousness. It's a sign of our growing awareness and willingness to speak up. The reason that racism in images of Asians persists is that people like you don't see it, or object to it -- just like those whites in 1950's and 60's America who could see the problem with lynching, but couldn't see the problem with minstrel shows.By the way, "censorship" is not the same as protest, another point on which you display your ignorance. I am exercising my freedom of speech by protesting against an advertising campaign I feel to be racist. You'll notice that I did not call for the government to crack down on T-Mobile, nor did I call for a new law preventing racist stereotypes from being presented on television. That would be censorship.Instead, I called for Americans to exercise their freedom of speech and protest by contacting the corporation that is committing this egregious act of racism. We all have the right to do so, and if enough of us do so, T-Mobile will realize that it is not in their best interests (read: it's bad publicity) for them to continue to offer racist stereotypes in their advertisements and will choose to stop. This is not censorship. This is consumer activism. God bless America, and pass the soy sauce.
I'm white and I think its funny stuff. You don't say.
Ahh, it is your own ignorance that prevents you from clearly understanding my message. In the commerical you have a Latino, an Asian and one FAT, "gansta wannabe" white boy. I'm white and I'm not a "Gangsta - wannabe", yet I'm not offended by an amusing commercial. Why would you protest a commercial that depicts people as they sometimes appear? Not all latinos, asians and whites are "thugged out" but THEY DO EXIST in that exact form. That commercial was perfectly acceptable and depicted a portion of American society. Admittedly the portion of society that was depicted is not exactly what I consider to represent the best of each race, but what do you think the "gangsta's" feel when they see a stuffy asian politician or attorney? They're probably saying "Awww, dawg, thats not how we keep it real, thats B.S". You can't please everyone all the time and you can never please the ignorant masses that demand conformity to a "standard" that not everyone agrees with. Your protest is unwarranted and does nothing to help inter-racial relations. Until you stop looking at things in a racial light you will always be crusading against "the man". Why can't you just see a group of thugs that represent "poser mobile" instead of a stupid white thug, a stupid latino thug and a poor, misrepresented (and stereotyped) asian?You seem to be somewhat intelligent and I think you could truly benefit society if you channeled your energy into something productive instead of this pseudo-crusade for morals.It is you that needs to check yourself.
Jeb,You're funny! Speaking of checking, why don't you check out the rest of this website and see what I'm actually channelling my energy into? I think co-founding and co-editing a magazine that advocates for the rights and responsibilities of my community is pretty productive. What have you done this lifetime?Speaking of which, if all of this is such a waste of time, why are you wasting your time on it? Maybe you ought to start thinking about exactly whom you are defending when you defend a T-Mobile advertising campaign. Here's a hint. I'm defending all the Asian Americans out there, those wearing tracksuits and those not wearing them, who don't speak with cheesy accents, and whose identity is not a "pose".So, can you please explain again exactly how "25 Cent" Chang is not a stereotype created to make consumers like you feel good about themselves because they are "cooler" and understand more than the "posers"?
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