As the Halon’s Razor goes “Don’t chalk up to malice what you can equally chalk up to stupidity.”
I don’t know if any of you have seen the latest and by that, I mean, probably a few years old, of some dude, usually, knows Japanese, Korean or Chinese and goes into a heavily populated Asian part of town and pretty much acts like a dick, or in one such case, is a prick who goes to China and insults the locals who weren’t taught traditional Chinese in school, which would be like me filming anywhere in the US and asking why they don’t understand Olde English.
Sure, it seem innocuous enough. A person learns a language and wants to practice it and learn. As someone who has different languages under his belt, I wholeheartedly get it. I don’t, however, understand why someone feels the need to film it, and subtitled it with things about skin color, for instance, or paint Asians in an unflattering light. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am sure Asians have supposition about Westerns, it is very common among all races, but to essentially use that as a backdrop for a Youtube video, especially one that is monetized, is preposterous, especially given Youtube’s current rules with hate speech or speech that otherwise indicates that a person is less then. This absolutely violates those rules and need to be demonetized. It is an insult for people whom have been removed from Youtube for less and not violating the policies to keep those videos up and allow for them to make money. Youtube needs to apply these rules evenly or not at all!
Use of racial, religious or other slurs and stereotypes that incite or promote hatred based on any of the attributes noted above. This can take the form of speech, text, or imagery promoting these stereotypes or treating them as factual.Youtube Policy
Now, I’m not going to call them microagressions, because not everything is a microagression, some of them are just subtext of an underlying issue with the person that he or she might not even be aware of. As the Halon’s Razor goes “Don’t chalk up to malice what you can equally chalk up to stupidity.”
I don’t want to name names here, since some of these people seem sincerely obtuse but pretty intelligent and want to be decent people, whilst others, well, they want to waste unsuspecting Asians time on skype, pretending they don’t speak Chinese, when they do and wasting those Sensai’s time, when they could be helping a real 学生(Students) learn and not one looking to gain capital off the backs of people whose monetization is not nearly as much as the himbo.
Now, make no mistake, all those who read my work know my thoughts on the average and that is the operative word, not just in regards to their output, but also their humanity, Youtuber and this is one more stoke of the fire that burns my inner core towards these Youtube Rén(Person), but this is part of a larger problem and not just a bias towards idiots whom put out subpar content that would have been network television in the 1980’s, but is out of place in today’s world. We’re not just talking about the lame graphics, either!
Sadly, most people are extroverted and will placate these colonizers egos by telling them how great they’re pronouncing of the language is, which makes these videos even more ingenuine that they already are. Not to mention, not a single person puts out any real creditable evidence that they really know the language, we just have to take them at their word and hope the Asians in the background are sincere.
I hope that Youtube will at least reach out and ask people to change the titles, at the very least, because the badgering of poor, unsuspecting, hardworking American’s, just like you and me, isn’t how Youtube wants to be perceived, going into the future.