A viral TikTok video from PragerU shows its non-Chinese host interviewing strangers in order to find out the answer to “Who’s going to be offended?” in reaction to him wearing traditional Chinese clothing.
PragerU, an American advocacy group that promotes conservative views through their online videos, uploaded the cultural appropriation topic video on Wednesday showing Chinese people reacting differently as compared to non-Asians.
In the first part of the video, the white host walks around asking non-Asians what they think of his Tang suit.
“You are a f*cking joke!” one man says.
“Strikes me as pretty insensitive,” another man replies. “It’s from another cultural tradition that is not really something you should be using as a costume.”
In the latter part of the video, set to Chinese instrumental music, the host heads to Chinatown and interviews Chinese people to contrast their answers to the ones given by the non-Chinese individuals they asked.
“I really like your outfit. Looks great!” a Chinese woman says.
“Pretty!” an Asian elder says of his outfit.
The man also asks a woman if an individual has to be Chinese to wear the traditional clothing.
“You don’t have to. Anybody can wear,” she replies.
The video has since garnered more than 4 million views and over 635,000 likes, with many viewers agreeing with PragerU’s sentiment.
“I swear, todays youth gets bothered about things they have no clue about,” one user commented.
“It’s sad that this is the reality of every college campus in the U.S.,” another viewer wrote.
The TikTok account has previously gone viral for a similar interview video, which garnered more than 7 million views, depicting the difference in reactions between Mexicans and non-Mexican students to the same man wearing traditional Mexican clothing.
“It only offends people that are looking to be offended,” one popular comment on the video reads.
PragerU was founded in 2009 by conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager and screenwriter and author Allen Estrin to advocate for conservative views. Although PragerU is short for Prager University, it is not an academic institution.