A TikTok video depicting Asians as better photographers than British people has gone viral on social media.
The video was produced by British TV host, actor and content creator Mark O’dea, who is based in Malaysia and commands nearly 868,900 followers on TikTok.
O’dea begins the video with a disclaimer that he is not being racist. He then lets a British man and an Asian woman take his photo to prove his point.
“I am not being racist, but whenever I go back to the U.K., I will always ask an Asian person to help me take the photo,” says O’dea, who is based in Malaysia. “And that is because they are better picture-takers than us Brits, and they put in much more effort.”
As seen in the video, the British man agrees to take O’dea’s picture, snaps once and leaves. In contrast, the Asian woman suggests angles, takes multiple shots and even gets on the ground to capture the “money shot.”
“That is what you call commitment,” O’dea declares. “And that is why I will always ask an Asian to take my photo.”
The video has amassed 25.8 million views since its posting last week. While some supported O’dea’s conviction that Asians are indeed excellent photographers, others argued that the matter is not actually about race, but sex — and that women supposedly take better pictures than men.
To celebrate the viral video, O’dea took to what looked like a Chinatown to create a follow-up post. This time, he asked an Asian man to take his photo.
As it turned out, the Asian man delivered. He appeared to take multiple shots, rotated the camera and, like the Asian woman, bent his body in a show of “commitment.”
“Don’t be sexist, people,” O’dea wrote in the captions. “Males are also good photographers — sorry, let me rephrase that — Asian males.”
Asian TikTok users expressed pride in the comments.
“Yeah…told ya. Couldn’t agree more. Hi from Sarawak Malaysia! #ProudAsian,” one user wrote.
Another noted, “Hell yeah! Asian power!”
“This is so true. I always ask [an] Asian tourist to take one. The best and nicest people. [I am] Asian myself,” another wrote.
Another commented: “It’s game over when he rotated that phone.”
Still, one user suggested: “Ask a female Brit to take a pic of you.”