WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles band Day Above Ground is under fire for a new song about Asians that some are calling racist and offensive.
Many believe “Asian Girlz” is filled with derogatory lines stereotyping Asian Americans with lyrics about slanted eyes, sticky rice, Asian nails and Korean barbeque.
The band is expected to perform the song and debut the video, which was shot in Chinatown and Koreatown, next weekend at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. Once they posted the video on YouTube, however, the controversy swirled.
“Every verse in the song is probably racist,” a young man told CBS2’s Suraya Fadel. “This is not praising us. This is making fun of us.”
Lucy Vernasco of the Feminist Majority Foundation in Beverly Hills said the song also objectifies women in general.
“And it’s definitely showing a lot of racist undertones,” she said. “Those are just things that should not be in a song. I can’t believe they’re actually going to show this video and perform it.”
Day Above Ground released a statement which said, “Our song ‘Asian Girlz’ was not written with any malicious, hateful, or hurtful intent. We know it is racy and does push the boundaries further than other songs out there. Understand that we do not promote or support racism or violence.”
The woman in the video sent out several tweets apologizing for offending anyone. She said the video was meant to be lighthearted fun and satirical.