It had only been 18 days since the cast of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother
appeared in an episode in in yellowface makeup and in stereotypical,
twisted, disrespectful “Asian” costume. The Asian/American community was
rightfully infuriated and took to Twitter, where the hashtag
#HowIMetYourRacism began trending. The producers tweeted “apologies” the
Eighteen days since HIMYM outraged social media with yellowface and
racist depictions - and just one day into a new month, and one day into
the Lunar New Year - when Saturday Night Live, an even more
widely-watched, long-standing television show featured yellowface in
their offensive opening sketch featuring a “kung fu master” with an
“Asian” accent and wire stunts. This led to another uproar on Twitter,
and the hashtag #SaturdayNightLies was born. That night, approximately
5.4 million people tuned in to SNL’s unapologetic display of White
supremacy and cultural appropriation.
Clearly, White television has not gotten the message. Shows continue to
include ignorant scenes, so audiences continue to laugh. What’s worse is
that this is not the first time SNL had White and White-passing actors
portray East Asian characters decked out in tired, hurtful stereotypes.
To review just a few of the many instances of SNL yellowface in the past
1975 - 1979 - Samurai Futaba (John Belushi)
1992 - Arakawa Group (Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman)
1994 - Japanese Game Show (Mike Myers, Janeane Garofalo, Chris Farley,
2003 - Kim Jong Il (Horatio Sanz)
2009 - 2010 - Hu Jintao (Will Forte)
2012 - Kim Jong Un’s Best Friends (Vanessa Bayer, Fred Armisen)
2012 - Ordering Sushi (Maya Rudolph)
2012 - Chinese Peasant Laborers (Cecily Strong, Fred Armisen, Nasim Pedrad)
2013 - Kim Jong Un (Bobby Moynihan)
This is a call to action for all Asian/Americans and allies in NYC to
gather in protest outside of SNL studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on
Saturday, February 15th, at 10pm, before the live taping of the show.
With special involvement of #NotYourAsianSidekick, we will gather
outside the NBC Studios marquee on the 49th Street side of the building,
between 5th and 6th Avenues. Bring your rage, let’s come together to
demand the respect we deserve, and that SNL acknowledge their racism and
do the following:
1. An on-air apology for 39 years of yellowface, and a promise to never
do it again.
2. Required race & cultural sensitivity training for all staff involved
in SNL production
Asian people across the world are fed up with being portrayed in
degrading and delegitimizing ways. Racism and cultural appropriation for
the sake of comedy is not comedy. Our cultures are not for people to
appropriate and butcher at their convenience for the purpose of
“cultural appreciation.” Our images are not for the face of our
oppressor to wear as a costume. Our voices are not for native English
speakers to imitate and mock—they are ours and we will be heard.
[Interview] LM.C’s first single in about a year is a dark tune full of fantasy (part 2)
LM.C has released their new single, “My Favorite Monster,” which utilizes electronic dance music. They are also garnering attention for the clear differences between maya and Aiji’s appearances. “It’s a song packed full of what our current selves can do. It’s as if we’ve become adults, and I mean that in a good way,” says Aiji about the new song. They also announced that they have a new album near completion and that they will be going on a nationwide tour. According to maya, “Our works are like a new toy we can play with at concerts.” It will be impossible to take your eyes off their free and uncontrolled activities in 2014 as well.
■The nationwide tour is like a “best of LM.C.” Though that, people will be able to feel a sense of variation, or rather we’ll be able to show fans who we essentially are as performers.■
──It’s also rare for you to be wearing black and white clothing.
Aiji: The director advised us on the styling and we decided together, but this was a first for us. Previously, we’ve decided on our visuals and video based on the song.
──The visuals are linked to the lyric “Angel or demon?”
maya: It’s my first time wearing white, but that also fits well with the lyrics.
Aiji: When I saw the pictures of monsters that people had created for us, I thought that it’s amazing that there are so many people with great powers of imagination. The history of LM.C has been made along with the fans, but the idea of creating our works together with the fans is a characteristic of LM.C as a band.
──Certainly. The coupling track, “Dolce Vitter,” is a song with a bittersweet melody, and it made me think, “This is going to be a famous song.”
Aiji: “Dolce Vitter” was created in a more solid way than “My Favorite Monster.” It’s a song that I wrote when I thought, “I’ll make a good song…a song with a good melody.” The kind of song that will strike people’s emotions with just the melody. I thought, “I want to make a new standard song for LM.C.”
──The melody and the beat are prominent points.
Aiji: Yeah. It’s a folk-type song, but it’s also got techno-pop and has a brass arrangement. If I come right out and say it, I think that sense of balance is what makes LM.C. With songs like this, if you focus too much on the vocals, it becomes difficult to create a hook with the sound. I think that, including in the chorus, there are parts of the arrangement that make listeners think, “Oh!”
──The lyrics have a youthful feeling but they’re also incredibly heartrending.
maya: I simply wrote it about my memories of my grandma. In “Doraemon,” there’s a story about “Memories of grandma,” and the feelings are something close to that…… My grandma died at New Year’s in 2012, and just before we started LM.C, the dog that we’d kept at my parents’ house also died, and these lyrics came to be because of those sorts of things.
──Is the lyric, “Until that day we meet again, out there someday” about meeting in heaven?
maya: If that could be true, it would be an ideal. Those are words to distract from the painfulness of the final line.
──You’re singing about the death of someone special, but it seems there’s also an episode included about seeing a UFO.
maya: That’s a true story. I wrote about something that happened with my grandma.
Aiji: I remembered hearing that story from maya, so I immediately thought, “It’s about his grandma.”
maya: In my early years of primary school, I used to go to swimming school. My grandma always brought me by bicycle to the place where the bus would pick me up. One day, she said, “Between those mountains, there was a UFO flying,” and I remember thinking, “Is my grandma okay?”
──But as a child, it seems as though you’d be really curious and say, “Huh? Really?”
maya: Reversely, I was worried. (laughs)
──It surprised me that that’s a true story. But even with such powerful lyrics, not becoming too sentimental is very LM.C.
Aiji: Yeah, it is. Including with maya’s word choice. It’s not pessimistic. There’s only hope.
maya: The title is a pun off the Italian phrase “dolce vita.” It means “sweet life,” but I don’t think that life is like that, so I changed it to “Vitter,” a play on the English word “bitter.”
──You mean that life isn’t just sweet, it’s bittersweet?
maya: Yeah, I think that’s what life is. When we announced the title, we got inquiries of, “Did you mess up the spelling?” but it wasn’t a mistake. (laughs)
──Is this a preview of what is coming in your new album “PERFECT FANTASY,” which will be released in February 2014?
Aiji: Rather than say it’s a preview, these songs are part of a trajectory. Including the trend of our sound.
──LM.C has always been fanciful, but just seeing the title makes me look forward to hearing it.
Aiji: Yeah. It’s a mini-album, but I think the volume and strength of the material makes it close to a full album. I think it’s an album that will leave listeners breathless until the end.
──Well lastly, will you tell us about your nationwide tour that will begin on February 7?
Aiji: LM.C doesn’t do encores, and when we follow an album up with a tour, the album is always strongly represented. But this time is a mini-album, and because the contents are compact, we’re going to show you our new world with a set list that’s something like the “best of LM.C.” Though that, people will be able to feel a sense of variation, or rather we’ll be able to show fans who we essentially are as performers. I think fans will absolutely enjoy themselves.
maya: In 2012, I simply realized, “Concerts are fun,” and it was a year in which I discovered, “This is what LM.C is.” Every day, I could feel the acceleration of power and passion in the people who came to the venues, so I’m looking forward to the next tour even more. My feelings recently are that concerts are…well, to say it simply, our works are like a toy that everyone can play with together. Like when you’re playing in the sandbox, and it’s fun when you have a new shovel or watering can. That, and recently we’ve been appearing at club events under the name “RUN LM.C,” and I want the people we met there to see our concerts as well, so now I can’t help looking forward to the tour.
The first three Persona games not only included the most romantic tales of friendship, love and devotion that I’ve ever seen in a video game:
The first Persona is really underrated. It was special since it focused completely on the psyche of the female main character Maki who was the center of attention in the game. It also had an atmosphere similar to Eko Eko Azarak Wizard of Darkness and also kinda tried (similar to P2) to represent the 90s.
One of the main attractions i have with Persona, was that it goes beyond just mythology/religious references.
P2 not only included countless mythological references to connect the characters to their Personas.
It delved into astrology, really deep into Jungian psychology, philosophy (for example the teaching about Monads from Leibniz), world history, conspiracies (NWO, Mu continent, rumors about the Heilige Lanze, Grand Cross theories, Mayan theories), celebrity influences, 90s influences and a focus on sociology.
They are decently written games especially the P2 duology which is why I never understood why P2 is sometimes accused of being randomly written.
The funny fact is that every dumb conspiracy in P2 does or did exist in reality which is why the whole 2012 Maya apocalypse was lulzy in my opinion since I could kinda imagine Nyarlathotep lurking somewhere and laughing.