- Jossi Marchelli, the brother of popular Indonesian actor Acha Septriasa, has been banned from TikTok for posting a video in blackface mocking Halle Bailey, the star of the upcoming live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.”
- The now-deleted video shows Marchelli sitting in front of a TV with his back to the camera. When the film’s trailer shows Bailey onscreen, the man turns around with his darkened face to talk to the camera.
- “Mommy, she looks just like me,” he says in a mocking tone.
- Marchelli’s video gained attention after popular TikToker Aunt Karen, who is known for calling out users of the social media platform, criticized his actions. She also discovered that he used to study at Chicago’s Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
- Aunt Karen's most recent TikTok video about Marchelli has garnered over 2.2 million views and 383,000 likes so far.
The man in blackface who posted a TikTok video mocking “The Little Mermaid” star Halle Bailey has been identified as a former law student and the sibling of an Indonesian star with over 3.5 million followers on Instagram.
Jossi Marchelli, the brother of Indonesian actor Acha Septriasa, stirred controversy on TikTok after popular TikToker Aunt Karen shared his video earlier this week.
‘Go back to China’: Vancouver restaurant owner yelled at, spat on by woman who let her dog pee on his door
- Edward Hur, who has been running Nobu Sushi in North Vancouver, Canada, for 19 years, said he was yelled at and spat on during a woman’s anti-Asian tirade last week.
- Hur said it all started after he confronted the woman for letting her dog pee on his front door.
- The woman allegedly told Hur “I hate Asian people” and that he should “go back to your country, back to your China.”
- Hur, who is Korean, said the woman had let her dog pee on his business several times in the past, but she just “never listens” when confronted.
- North Vancouver police are now investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
A long-time restaurant owner in North Vancouver, Canada, has come forward to share a racist experience involving a woman who had told him to “go back to China.”
The incident, which was caught on video, reportedly occurred at Nobu Sushi in the 3000 block of Edgemont Boulevard sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. last Friday.
- The Plano Texas Police Department arrested Esmeralda Upton, the woman who was filmed hurling racial slurs at four Indian American women in a parking lot, on Thursday.
- The incident occurred on Wednesday after Rani Banerjee went out for dinner in Plano with three of her friends. In a Facebook post, Banerjee said Upton approached them while they were heading back to their cars.
- In the video shared by Banerjee, Upton can be heard saying “We don’t want you here” to the women before eventually charging at the woman filming the incident.
- While one of Banarjee’s friends reports the incident to the authorities and calls their assailant a white woman, Upton can be heard saying, “No, I’m not white. I’m Mexican, and I paid my f*cking way here."
- “Everywhere I f*cking go, you Indians are f*cking everywhere,” Upton can be heard saying later on in the video. “Please, I’m trying to be civil here. If life is so great in India, why the f*ck are y’all here?”
- Upton is facing misdemeanor charges of assault causing bodily injury and terroristic threats, police said in a press release. She is currently held on a $10,000 bond.
A woman from Plano, Texas, has been arrested and charged after she went viral for hurling racial slurs at four Indian American women.
The Plano Texas Police Department identified the woman in the viral video as Esmeralda Upton. She was arrested on Thursday at around 3:50 p.m. and is facing misdemeanor charges of assault causing bodily injury and terroristic threats, police said in a press release. She is currently held on a $10,000 bond.
- Twitter users are commenting on jokes from the iconic “Rush Hour” film franchise after user @Lexisriches proclaimed that the sequels are “so racist.”
- One of the scenes shared in @Lexisriches' thread, which has over 26,000 likes, is the iconic Hong Kong spa fight scene where LAPD detective Carter (Chris Tucker) accidentally punches Hong Kong detective Lee (Jackie Chan) in the face during the scuffle and tells him, “All y’all look alike.”
- In another scene shared by user @Itsdrew_5, Lee and Carter are tied up inside a moving truck. While the two bicker, Lee tells Carter, “I’ll b*tch-slap you back to Africa.”
- The scene in “Rush Hour 2” where Carter can be heard speaking a made-up language was also shared.
- Although “Rush Hour” was a commercial success in the United States after it was first released in 1998 – making over $141 million domestically and a total of $244 million worldwide – the franchise never took off as hoped in the Asian market.
Twitter users are commenting on jokes from the iconic “Rush Hour” film franchise after one user proclaimed that the sequels are “so racist.”
Over the weekend, Twitter user @Lexisriches wrote about the sequels, and what started as a single tweet opened up an alley down memory lane where many users pulled up some jokes from the buddy cop film franchise that have not aged well.
- A meme that sandwiched an image of Florida Asian American Circuit Judge Vincent Chiu between photos of Mao Zedong and Xi Jinping has been slammed as racist by community members.
- The meme was created by Xavier Villacis, a former campaign consultant for Aldo Bartolone, who is running against Chiu for the Orange County Circuit Court.
- Villacis posted the meme outside Bartolone’s campaign and defended it by saying he was exercising his own freedom of speech.
- Bartolone said he fired Villacis immediately after being informed about the latter’s actions.
- Responding to the controversy, Chiu said he is upset by the attack but declared that it is “nothing new to people of color.”
A political strategist behind a meme that sandwiched an image of a Florida Asian American circuit judge between photos of Chinese communist leaders Mao Zedong and Xi Jinping has been slammed as racist by community members.
The image of Orange County Circuit Judge Vincent Chiu, who is running for re-election, was also marked with a big red “X” and labeled “China’s judge” in one corner.
- Lu Ke, a Chinese national, is accused of exploiting Malawian children for racist videos to be sold on Chinese social media.
- Known to the kids as Susu, Lu Ke fled to Zambia after a BBC Africa Eye documentary exposed his alleged money-making scheme last month.
- Lu Ke allegedly paid each child less than a dollar to star in his videos, which he then sold for up to $70 each.
- He allegedly produced up to 380 videos each day, earning about 77 million kwacha (approximately $75,300).
- Zambia handed Lu Ke over to Malawi on Saturday, and he is now expected to stand trial in a Malawian court.
A Chinese man accused of exploiting Malawian children for racist videos to be sold in China has been extradited to Malawi, according to reports.
Lu Ke, known to the children as Susu, fled to neighboring Zambia last month after a BBC Africa Eye documentary exposed his alleged money-making scheme.
Tucker Carlson guest: Military doesn’t need women or gays, just men who want ‘throne of Chinese skulls’
After appearing on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” conservative radio talk show host Jesse Kelly is now under fire for controversial comments deemed by critics as racist, sexist and homophobic.
How it started: Carlson took a swing at Adm. Christopher Grady, who was appointed vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Dec. 17. Carlson addressed Grady’s claim that he would “value working with the military’s gender advisors if confirmed,” according to Rolling Stone.
After keeping a controversial name for decades, a popular toothpaste brand in Asia will have its name changed.
Racism accusations: Hawley & Hazel, a Hong Kong-based manufacturer of oral care products, announced on Tuesday that it will change the Chinese name of its famous Darlie toothpaste from “Black People Toothpaste” (黑人牙膏) to “Haolai” (好來) by March of next year, according to the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP).
‘What do you illegals have to gripe about?’: Author Qian Julie Wang says she faced racism at book event
New York Times bestselling author Qian Julie Wang recently shared on social media that a woman called her an “illegal” and told her she was “lucky to be in America” during a book event in Larchmont, New York, on Friday.
What happened: Sharing the incident on social media last week, Wang said she was heartbroken by what she experienced at a women’s association book event that she and two other authors – a white man and a white woman – had recently attended.
Social media users expressed concern after Filipino American Honolulu Council member Augie Tulba shared a video showing him in blackface in a parody of “America’s Next Top Model.”
Video resurfaces: The clip, which is more than 10 years old, was reshared by Tulba on Instagram over the weekend, according to KITV. The caption of his post read: “We laughed so hard filming this segment. #FunTimes.”
A man was caught on video verbally attacking an Asian woman with racist “dog-eating” questions while she documented a series of manhole explosions in New York City.
A multinational tech company has apologized for a recent job advertisement that blatantly discriminated against potential Asian applicants.
Aptude, which is based in Illinois, went viral last week over its now-removed LinkedIn ad that sought after a data analyst for the tech company’s office in Menlo Park, California.