You know what really gets on my nerves?
When I’m YouTube surfing, enjoying myself, and watching beauty and weight loss videos ( or as I call them, vijiuhs) and pleasantly strolling along and then BLAM! I’m verbally smacked in the face by a video ( or 7 ) which are all talking about Asian Stereotypes or like Stereotypes in general. It’s not the subject matter that gets to me because I can totally understand that being stereotyped can be annoying. I can also understand that being racially stereotyped or profiled or whatever can be super annoying and offensive. And before anyone flies off the handle about “You’re white, Tianna. How can YOU know how it feels?”
To answer that, well, I do know how it feels because as one girl on YouTube said “We Asians can’t tell you white people apart and think you all look the same too.” So, that’s one way. Another way is by my Italian heritage which is very apparent in my features and which people often mistake for being hispanic, Mexican, South American, Russian, and even once Korean. I don’t really understand the last one as I think I look nothing like a Korean person, but hey, whatever. It just goes to show how off people can be when they’re making racial assumptions. Not a whole lot of people know this about me, but aside from being Italian/Sicilian heritage, I am also Dutch Irish, German, Welsch (or so we think) and probably some other Anglo European. And, because of my “white” heritage, I actually got beat up by a group of Mexican gang members when I was 17. So, there you have it. Even “white” people get knocked down for their “racial” standing.
This mass of videos I’ve been barraged with on YouTube in the passed day or so ( I guess it was trending at some point ? ) and as I said, it’s not the subject matter that annoys me, but the idea being passed around that they (the video makers) are the only ones who know how it feels to be stereotyped and, to add insult to injury, rather than voice their complaints and annoyances (which I do understand), they proceed to bash other “races” or “cultures” or whatever.
I hate the word “races” because if you know anything about anthropology or biology, you’ll know the only thing separating us as humans is geographical barriers and culture. That’s it. Anyway.
So, what gets to me is all of the hate that seems to come with videos like these. Like, someone can’t just say “It really pisses me off when I get stereotyped because…”
They have to take it a step further and start talking about how “white people” (another thing I hate – when cultures are referred to by their skin color. So STUPID) do stupid shit too and how we’re just as bad. As if that justifies the insult. Really, it doesn’t. Really, we’re all just people who have similar habits, irregardless of “race”, ethnicity, culture, geographical location or background.
And finally, the biggest reason I get so annoyed by these videos is that I hate when race has become a thing that separates us all. I know everyone has a different cultural belief or two to share that might separate us, but that doesn’t mean we need to start talking about “WE” and have a dialogue about annoyances turn into a mud fight of “US” against “THEM” because it’s freaking stupid. It is 2013, people. This is old and tired. I don’t care if you’re black ( and by black I actually mean Senegalese, Haitian, British, African American, Nigerian, Kenyan or whichever country you’re from), white (and by white I mean British, Welsch, Irish, Scottish, Italian, French, etc.), brown ( and by brown I mean Mexican, Spanish, Nicaraguense, El Salvadorian, Brazilian, etc.), asian ( and by asian I mean Chinese, North Korean, South Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, etc.), Pacific Islander, and/ or et. all.
Because at the end of the day, we’re all people and NONE of the racial barrier crap even matters. We all live in the SAME world whether you want to believe it or not and we are all one so let’s stop with the hater-ade and realize that none of this crap matters. Then we can finally sit down, enjoy the cultures of our backgrounds together, and each some delicious food, which is what really matters to me, okay?
On A Last Side Note, Here Are Some American Stereotypes That Are Mostly Untrue, but That We Get QUITE A Lot:
- All Americans Are Stupid, Ignorant, and/or uneducated.
- All Americans are Racist.
- All Americans are Fat or Obese and Likely Sound Southern.
- The Traditional American Diet includes Fast Food such as Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and French Fries.
- All Americans are Ignorant to Other Cultures.
- All Americans Think They’re Better Than Everyone Else.
- All Americans Are Bullies.
- All Americans Approve Of & Support the Views of the Government.
- All Americans Live Off of Fast Food.
- All Americans Sound the Same.
- All Americans Are Shallow & Incompetent.
- All Americans Are Rude and/or Impolite.
- All Americans are Culturally Ignorant or Just Simple Disregard Culture.
- All Americans Think They Own and/or Are Entitled to Everything.
- This one is semi specific to Californians, but it’s that We All Live in the OC, Laguna Beach or LA and that it looks JUST LIKE it looks on TV.
I’m sure there are some I missed, but those are the ones I thought of off the top of my head.
Definitely let me know any of the ones I might have missed!
So, apologies for the non-beauty related rant, but it really got on my nerves and I had to let it out somehow!
Do you think racial stereotypes are stupid, correct or otherwise?
Do they bother you or do you think they are appropriate?
Please let me know your thoughts on this in the comments below!